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DJ Madbwoy Dancehall Mixtape Vol. 3

Madbwoy Dancehall Mixtape Vol. 3

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

Jamrock XL on 25 March 2016 in Amsterdam

Kranium at Jamrock XLIt’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

Soca vs Dancehall Jouvert Morning Edition in Rotterdam on 4 March 2016

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 :

Soca vs Dancehall Jouvert Morning 2016 flyer“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:

Tommy Lee Sparta – Pat it Up: The Making Of

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:

Jealous Ova: Clean Lyrics or Raw Version?

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

Dancehall Definition

When trying to define dancehall music you might not think of Wikipedia as a main source of information, but below is an interesting excerpt from the Dancehall page on Wikipedia.

“Kingsley Stewart outlines ten of the major cultural imperatives or principles that constitute the dancehall worldview. They are:

  1. It involves the dynamic interweaving of God and Haile Selassie
  2. It acts as a form of stress release or psycho-physiological relief
  3. It acts as a medium for economic advancement
  4. The quickest way to an object is the preferred way (i.e., the speed imperative)
  5. The end justifies the means
  6. It strives to make the unseen visible
  7. Objects and events that are external to the body are more important than internal processes; what is seen is more important than what is thought (i.e., the pre-eminence of the external)
  8. The importance of the external self; the self is consciously publicly constructed and validated
  9. The ideal self is shifting, fluid, adaptive, and malleable, and
  10. It involves the socioexistential imperative to transcend the normal (i.e., there is an emphasis on not being normal).”



STING 2014: Jamaica’s Greatest Dancehall & Reggae Event

Sting Jamaica 2014

With only 10 days to go anticipation is rising and it seems every dancehall lover is thinking of one thing…Sting 2014!

The annual dancehall and reggae show held on Boxing Day at Jamdown in Portmore, Jamaica is an event unlike any other. It is known to be a marathon concert with top artist in both reggae and dancehall performing crowd-pleasing hits while dressed in outfits that are out of this world. From night time till morning the outfits at Sting are not to be missed, as they often express the artists’ personas for the event.
From intimidating suits of armor to sexy see-through catsuits to thrilling alien-like costumes, anything goes when it comes to fashion at Sting.

Sting Jamaica Fashion

Fashion highlights at Sting

Gully Bop on Sting 2014 Line up

This year’s dancehall line up includes Demarco, Tiana, Masicka, Gage, Kiprich, Blak Ryno, Aidonia, Chi Chi Ching, Kalado and Tommy Lee Sparta among many others. A much talked about new comer headlining this 31st edition of the event is the refreshingly raw Gully Bop. Before last month virtually unknown to the masses, this wild card has now built up quite a fan base and has declared being ready to take on any artist in a clash, including clash veteran Ninja Man.


Undoubtedly Sting would not be as exciting if it wasn’t for the clashing.
In the months leading up to Sting the number of diss songs rises and dancehall artists appear to step on each others toes a bit more than usual. The lyrical battle that takes place at Sting often settles the score for artists who have been building up an army of songs to be shot at their lyrical opponent for the entertainment of the crowd. In 2014 the clash for the 1.5 million Jamaican dollar prize is a rematch between reigning champ Blak Ryno and former title holder Kiprich. While they will surely give a worthy clash performance, our eyes are aimed at the “Who is Bad” clash between Tommy Lee Sparta and Gage.

With diss tracks going back and forth between these two young artists will this clash settle the question of who is the baddest?

Aidonia and Demarco not at Dancehall Sweets on 5 September

Aidonia and Demarco will not be at Dancehall Sweets on 5 September 2014Aidonia, born Sheldon Lawrence, will not be at Dancehall Sweets in Amsterdam on 5 September.

Quite the disappointment for Dutch dancehall fans and you might be wondering WHY?

How is it that this is the third dancehall artist within a month’s time that was promised by Dutch promoters and in fact was not there?

Dancehall Sweets

Dancehall Explorer contacted the organisation of Dancehall Sweets, which claims they were under the impression of having legitimately booked both Aidonia and Demarco for their 3 year anniversary event. A person who used the alias ‘Steven Elements’ contacted them claiming they were a booking agency which could arrange an exclusive performance by Aidonia and Demarco. The purported booking agency went as far as sending a signed contract. Regrettably it was a scam and the signature on the contract was forged. Several payments amounting up to € 28000 had already been made to the alleged booking agency, who the swindled organisation says turned out to be just a scammer living not too far away. After all this Dancehall Sweets remains positively hopeful to treat the Dutch fans to performances of both artist in the future, this time using the correct channels.  

Aidonia’s response

Aidonia smartly released the below video stating he will not be performing at Dancehall Sweets. Grieve not too much though, for he also mentions that he will be in Europe later in 2014.

What about Demarco?

Shattering our dancehall loving hearts we were sad to hear that the I Love my Life-star would also be missing at this event. We contacted his management for a response and of course to ask when we might have the pleasure of welcoming Demarco to Holland. At the time of publishing it remains uncertain whether Demarco will perform at Dancehall Sweets in the near future and Demarco apologizes to the fans that were hoping to see him at the 3 year anniversary event in Amsterdam.