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 →
While twin brothers, Paul and Patrick Gaynor, were on their European tour we met up with them in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They spoke about the state of dancehall music, dancehall artists, the movie Ching Pow and the book The Road To Zion.
Twin of Twins are known for their entertaining mixtapes and have now expanded their portfolio all while spreading a deeper message.
We want to find the best dancehall parties, whether it’s in a European city like Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the musically diverse Atlanta, Georgia or a quaint little city like Asheville, North Carolina in the States.
Behind the Scenes of Pat It Up by Tommy Lee Sparta
While on his 2014 European Tour dancehall artist Tommy Lee Sparta made the most of his time and recorded the video for his sexy hit “Pat it Up”.
Dancehall Explorer met up with Tommy Lee Sparta and his team to take an exclusive look behind the scenes of the video shoot in Rotterdam. The video was directed and shot by Wayne South, a video director famous for directing videos for artists such as Vybz Kartel and I Octane. South was flown in from Kingston to Rotterdam and did not have much time for sightseeing as he was working on the set the day after he touched ground in the Netherlands.
Even though it was hard to find dancehall dancers available on such short notice, we could still count on Dancehall Explorer’s favorite Barbie Slimz 69 to be on set, on time and on fleek. Carrying around a suitcase full of sexy little outfits ranging from pum pum shorts to lingerie the dancer was good to go and pat it up.
Check out what she thought of the day and take a look behind the scenes of Pat it Up:
On 27 February 2015 it was once again time for Soca vs Dancehall’s annual Jouvert Morning Edition.
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. With a large number of islanders here in Rotterdam it’s no surprise that the Soca vs Dancehall organization holds a successful Jouvert Morning edition every year. This year was even a little too successful as the line outside was so long that the party sold out before everyone got in. With over 700 guests inside Continue reading →
As many dancehall lovers might agree this Jealous Ova song is perfect to set the mood. It has been added to that playlist you made to get the right setting to get it on from the first time you heard it and even more so when the ladies saw the light eyed Dexta Daps and when the men saw the voluptuous Tifa in her mermaid costume on a bed of sand.
But in the video the clean lyrics can throw you off. We all know dancehall takes the crown for being the musical genre most creative with turning a slack song into radio playable (Pon di Cocky tun Pon di Jockey and Wine inna yuh Hole tun Wine inna di Road). However with Jealous Ova a non Jamaican might have a hard time understanding the original version, imagine what Continue reading →