In 2016 dancehall is showing up in places we’d never expect it and at times it’s a hybrid form that is barely recognisable as the sound we grew up on. So you can imagine the joy I feel when discovering a mixtape that is committed to an authentic dancehall theme. As quite a lot of mixtapes were released around the same time I did not immediately listen to this one, however after seeing the amount of 🔥, 🆙 and 💥 emoji’s accompanying the Madbwoy dancehall mixtape on my social media timelines I got curious.
When I finally got a chance to listen to Madbwoy’s Dancehall Mixtape vol. 3 the first 10 minutes convinced me that this was gonna have me dancing while doing the dishes, it would be blasting while I was getting ready to go clubbing and it would be the background music of many selfie snaps. In the first 10 minutes there is Worl Boss, Continue reading →
We met up with the always charming king of dancehall, Beenie Man, in Amsterdam during his European Tour. We spoke about his album Unstoppable, a possible feud with Mavado and his love life. Including exclusive shots of his performance in Amsterdam.
Watch our interview with Beenie Man and shots of his show at Club DNA in Amsterdam
Dancehall Explorer met up with dancehall artist Aidonia in Amsterdam during his 2016 European Tour.
In this in depth interview Aidonia speaks on the loss of his friend Lamar Dookie (Peak State), performing in Europe and his love for dancehall music. We have also included shots of his outstanding performance at Jamrock XL in Amsterdam where Aidonia invited JOP’s rising star Govana (formerly known as Deablo) on stage with him.
It’s Saturday 26 March 2016 and right now my right hand is hurting bad and my throat is sore. You wondering why? Well, let me tell you why…last night was the Jamrock XL party and the vibes were so gratifying, I found myself continuously banging my hand on the stage to big up the selector and singing shouting along to every tune. A party that was described as “dancehall heaven” (by @qsuze on Instagram) and that has kept me turnt till now.
Dancehall DJ’s at Jamrock XL
The first DJ I heard was DJ Richer, who treated the crowd to fun, uptempo tracks and got that party vibe going. The plan for the night was composed behaviour and taking it easy, but when DJ Richer threw on the daggering tunes*, lord have mercy, the desire to bruk out Continue reading →
Looking back at Soca vs Dancehall’s Jouvert Morning Edition in 2015 it looked like it couldn’t get any better, but in 2016 even more vybz, more wining and more wukking up. It got bigger and better; and Dancehall Explorer was there to report:
Jouvert Morning at Soca vs Dancehall
When you are from the Caribbean and move to a country like the Netherlands there is nothing as good as going to a party where you can find your own culture celebrated and fete with your island people. Jouvert Morning is, by far, an excellent place to do that. In case you missed it last year, we explained a bit about the concept of Jouvert Morning :
“The Jouvert Morning edition is a bacchanal characterized by patrons coming out in their pyjamas and getting on bad. For those of you not familiar with “jouvert morning” it’s a term that comes from the French jour ouvert which translates to the break of dawn. Many Caribbean islands celebrate this break of dawn during Carnival season by hitting the streets very early in the morning wearing their PJ’s, bathrobes or any other crazy sexy outfit they feel comfortable in.”
Maassilo in Rotterdam
Last year Soca vs Dancehall promised to look for a bigger venue to accommodate all the soca and dancehall lovers. Well, they most definitely kept their word as this year’s venue, Maassilo, was spacious and offered enough room for a proper tornado, palancing and all the ferocious wukking up. At the entrance there were plenty of lockers available to store wintercoats and valuables. Since most patrons were dressed in skimpy outfits ranging from batty riders to pyjamas to bath robes and February is well cold this was highly appreciated. While 2015 was already big with 700+ people in the venue, 2016 was significantly larger with 1000+ people attending Soca vs Dancehall’s Jouvert Morning. We hope next year’s Jouvert Morning will be at Maassilo again…or…can it get even bigger?
Party Shot / Party Flop
Pros: plenty of room for dancing, free face painting, the best party crowd Cons: Asa Bantan’s performance was quite late
Check out the Jouvert Morning 2016 party report video and let us know what you think:
2000 Springbreakers, 72 hours of bare madness,
6 party boats and 15 international DJ’s all on the Spanish coast. From 5 to 8 May 2016 Salou, Spain will be taken over by foam canons, cocktails, water guns, dancehall music and non stop feting.
And Dancehall Explorer will be there to capture the fun in the sun.
Soca vs Dancehall and Jamrock party boats at Karibean SpringBreak
Representing for the Netherlands will be Soca vs Dancehall and Jamrock. Three nights in a row there will be theme parties in clubs and on Friday and Saturday there will be party boats during the day. Both Soca vs Dancehall and Jamrock will have their own boats and rock them Caribbean style! To ensure a spot on one of the boats, go to the Karibean SpringBreak website and select your favorite party boat when buying your ticket.
Dancehall artist Konshens, real name Garfield Spence, was in Amsterdam for a performance at the sold out Jamrock Explosion on 7 November 2015. His high energy show lasted over an hour and was a delight to the fans. Dancehall Explorer met up with the Gyal a Bubble-singer while he was backstage at the last show of his two month European tour by Atlantic Booking.
Double Platinum for Policeman
For quite some time we felt that Konshens’ popularity had been growing rapidly in the Netherlands and this was once again confirmed in early September of this year. At that time the hit song “Policeman” with Dutch singer Eva Simons went double platinum showing that mixing dancehall with other genres can be a huge succes. Another song that has been getting heavy rotation in the clubs is Lethal Bizzle’s “Fester Skank Remix” featuring Konshens. Click below to listen:
Remarkably Konshens told us that even though he feels happy, he does not feel contented for he is always striving to improve and be even greater.
Ambassador of dancehall music and Jamaica
The role of Konshens as an ambassador of dancehall music is pretty obvious. His songs have made girls come up to me asking what it means when he says “If you cyan mash ants mi nuh like you” and “A so mi tan”. However Konshens realizes it’s not solely the dancehall music he represents it is also Jamaica and Jamaican culture. When asked how he would describe dancehall music to someone who does not know it yet, he answered by saying that he would not describe dancehall music, but instead tell the person to come to Jamaica to see what it is really like.
I-Octane at Jamrock in Amsterdam on 7 November 2015
During his one month European tour with Ovaproof Bookings reggae and dancehall artist I-Octane performed at Jamrock Explosion at the Paradiso nightclub in Amsterdam. He delivered a highly energetic performance to the 1500 fans at the sold out Jamrock Explosion. After his show we met up with him while fellow dancehall artist, Konshens, took the stage. One might expect the artist to be tired and longing for a shower and sleep after the show, but not the Hot Rass, he was in good spirits and ready to take pictures and give us an interview. We spoke about the Cyaa Do It song he did with Gaza Slim a.k.a. Vanessa Bling and how that started a rumor about the two having a real life love affair. I-Octane set the record straight about Gaza Slim and himself and spoke about his appreciation for women who are full of morals and don’t give in to temptation to stray when they’re in a relationship.
I-Octane at Club Empire in Rotterdam on 8 November 2015
The next day I-Octane, real name Byiome Muir, had a show at Club Empire in Rotterdam. This show was on a Sunday and there were significantly less people, so expectations were lowered. However this show was where I-Octane’s personality radiated. At the beginning of the show he stated: “If it have 5000 people or 50 people inna di place, mi no business, mi come fi perform and mi a give yuh a show!” His words proved true as his performance was in no way less than the one he had given the night before. The experience was actually even better because the scant audience was treated to an amazing performance in such an intimate setting. He performed many hits including “Wine and Jiggle”, “Your Eyes” and “Gal a Gimmi Bun” and just like during the show at Jamrock he invited a lady on stage to dance with him. It was I-Octane’s last show of his European tour and he certainly gave it his all.
Watch our interview with I-Octane and shots of his show at Jamrock Explosion
The Biggest Reggae and Dancehall Party in The Netherlands
Jamrock was founded in Amsterdam in 2005 and has since become the biggest reggae and dancehall party in the Netherlands. The innovative organization has expanded to cities all over the country while continuously keeping a weekly reggae and dancehall party at the Brasil Bar in Amsterdam. Over the years many artists have graced the Jamrock stage from Beenie Man to Popcaan and for this edition patrons got a double treat with both Konshens and I-Octane performing at Jamrock Explosion.
Konshens and I-Octane at Jamrock Explosion
I-Octane was first to perform for the crowd of 1500 reggae and dancehall fans and brought his famous party vibes! The Hot Ras sang hits like “Wine and Jiggle” and “Wi Love di Vibes” and invited two local ladies on stage which exacted an entertaining dance off between the two.
For Konshens it was the last show on his European tour and he went out with a bang. His show was well over an hour and started with him taking the stage in a swagged out outfit of jeans, marina, shirt, jacket and cap. By the end of his performance this was reduced to nothing but Ralph Lauren boxers, jeans and his sexy bare upper body Continue reading →