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.
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, 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 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 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.
The first time seeing Tommy Lee Sparta was in April 2013 at a dancehall party in The Hague. He was joined by Stylish, an attractive female singer from Portmore. The attention however was mainly on Tommy Lee. Seeing him live for the first time meant seeing beyond the hype. The hype of a devil worshipping young artist filling innocent minds with demonic Illuminati messages.
All the hype, all the controversy, it all went flying out the window upon hearing Tommy Lee Sparta live. Maybe he did blatantly sing about badness, which is rather ironic in its own respect, it did not matter anymore. He could’ve sung about macaroni and cheese and it would not have mattered, for the only thing that mattered was his incredible voice. Continue reading →
Jamaica New, the party that gave us Tiana and Alkaline just 6 days earlier, was now ready for its second edition with none other than the Countrybwoy from Trelawny…Charly Black
Club Eclipse, situated near the Rotterdam Alexander train station, is not the most popular of venues in Rotterdam. The most heard argument against the club concerns the poor acoustics. What Club Eclipse does have to offer, despite the location and inadequate sound, is floor size. Out of the three floors, the largest one was reserved for this party. But did that turn out to be the right decision? Continue reading →
Munga Honorebel, the Gangsta Ras, performed at Chirine in Antwerp, Belgium on 9 June 2014. The promotion for the event seemed to be done last minute and upon arrival it was hard to believe Munga would be performing at the locale, but an A5 sized poster taped to the glass door confirmed it. The artist was supported by Barka Moeri and the DJ’s MiXit, Cool and Warlord Mattik.
Chirine, that could be described as a somewhat run down bar, was not very noticeable, despite it’s prominent location close to Antwerp’s Central Station. Upon entering guests passed through a curtain and walked into the venue with a bar to the left and in the far right corner a DJ booth positioned between machines and a pool table. The stylish bar ladies brought the vibes and served drinks with a cool, don’t-mess-with-me attitude.
Around 1.30am DJ MiXit treated the scant crowd to an assortment of the greatest dancehall hits of 2012, the 2008 back-and-forth Gully and Gaza diss tracks and Continue reading →
Days before the actual party anticipation grew big as posters could be seen all over town announcing dancehall stars Alkaline and Tiana’s performance at the grand opening of Jamaica New at Waterfront in Rotterdam. Any dancehall lover’s curiosity would be tickled by the news of a party that puts itself on the map by opening with the Youngest and di Baddest Alkaline and The Dancehall Duchess Tiana.
With Waterfront not being a familiar venue in the Rotterdam dancehall scene it took a bit of a search to find this club by the waterside below street level. The long rectangular lay out and all white interior made for an open atmosphere.
As it was the first edition of Jamaica New we were prepared for a crowd that might be holding back to first see what Jamaica New was all about before letting loose on the dance floor. Once inside the venue it already had a nice vibe going; ladies had free entrance until 12.30 which ensured a good amount of ladies in the party which in turn ensured a good amount of men in the party. For the most part the DJs did a good job of selecting the right tunes, however what seemed to be the catalyst at this party were the dancers. The ladies, and also the occasional male dancer, kept giving us splits, 6.30’s, slow wines, fast wines and muscle wines. Continue reading →
Tiana The Dancehall Duchess at Jamaica New
We met up with Tiana at Rotterdam’s newest dancehall party ‘Jamaica New’. Comparing this show to the dancehall artist’s performance in 2013 a tremendous growth in hyping the audience could not be overlooked.
Tiana Dancehall Artist in 2013
We remember Tiana’s performance at Soca vs Dancehall in Club Eclipse last year as a good one, but not necessarily a great one for the audience present. The crowd at that time, being mainly soca lovers, reacted lukewarm to her energetic performance and a dancehall lover might say it was just a matter of not catering to the right audience.
Tiana in Waterfront in 2014
Now fast forward to May 31st 2014 and be blown away by a dancehall artiste that has grown. Rocking a short, blond new coupe the Dancehall Duchess showed us she mastered the skill of engaging an audience. A new Tiana delighted, this time a Dancehall audience, with a performance that was energetic and captivating to say the least. Tiana stepped out on stage wearing a red, white and black one piece suit with a black leather jacket and pleased fans with songs like “Pum Pum Phat”Continue reading →