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Konshens joins forces with Lil Jon for ‘Big and Sexy’ remix

Konshens and Lil JonDancehall superstar, Konshens has secured another major international collaboration as he has teamed with famed American rapper and producer, Lil Jon for a remix of his single, Big and Sexy.

The Big and Sexy remix, which was officially unveiled last week comes just over a year after the original version was revealed. It was produced by Mark ‘Mark Hize’ Collinder and Konshens’ Subkonshus Music label and features a very up-tempo style fit for the party scene, combining Konshens’ brash style with Lil Jon’s ‘crunk’ vibe.

Konshens expressed his gratitude to Lil Jon for joining forces with him on the remix, stating in a press release, “I could not refuse the opportunity to have Lil Jon, the crunk king, featured on one of my tracks. The ‘Big and Sexy’ song already brought a vibe to the dance but with Lil Jon added it gives the song another fire.”

The duo will be promoting this remix in the coming weeks.

Lil Jon, who is known for producing hits such as Yeah by Usher and Damn by the Youngbloodz has collaborated with Jamaican artists in the past, teaming with Elephant Man as well as Busta Rhymes and the Ying Yang Twins on the remix of Get Low.

Recently returning to Jamaica following a tour of Europe, Konshens is set to headline a concert in Uganda alongside Alaine, which is sponsored by Pepsi. While in Uganda, he will be donating books and other school supplies he received, through his book drive, to students of the Kololo Senior Secondary School.

“I just want to say thanks to everyone in the US and Jamaica who donated to my book drive for the students of Kololo Senior Secondary in Uganda,” Konshens said. “I appreciate it, and I know the students will too.”

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Miguel, Chronixx confirmed for final night of Reggae Sumfest 2013

MiguelTwo of the music world’s emerging superstars will be thrust into the spotlight at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay as American R&B singer, Miguel and Reggae sensation, Chronixx will headline International Night 2 of Reggae Sumfest 2013.

Miguel, whose hit single Adorn won this year’s Grammy Award for Best R&B Song will make his maiden trip to Jamaica for the show. Adorn, a soulful rendition of Marvin Gaye’s classic single, Sexual Healing topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts and was the feature track on his successful sophomore album, Kaleidoscope Dream, released last September.

Also known for hits such as Sure Thing, Where’s The Fun In Forever and Do You, Miguel has been associated with Jamaican music before as Dancehall superstar, Konshens remixed his Adorn single last summer.

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Update: Best Of The Best Memorial Weekend Concert In Miami!

South Florida’s biggest Memorial Weekend concert, Best Of The Best, returns to Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) on Sunday, May 26th. The long-running Caribbean music, arts and culinary festival will once again bring the top acts in Reggae, Dancehall & Soca to the Miami stage.

Produced by Rockers Island Entertainment, in conjunction with Massive B, the Best Of The Best franchise remains the country’s largest, multicultural, family-oriented festival, consistently welcoming thousands of visitors from urban centers around the United States, including New York, D.C., Atlanta, Houston, as well as from the Caribbean, South America and Europe.

The blockbuster lineup for Best Of The Best 2013 includes Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Cocoa Tea, Elephant Man, Mad Cobra, Singer J,Mega Banton, Chronixx, Konshens, Patrice Roberts, Lyrikal, Skinny Fabolous, J.W. & Blaze, and The Bahamas Rat Pack. More superstar additions to the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

This year, in honor of Military Appreciation Month (May 1 – 31), the promoters of Best Of The Best are offering general admission tickets at a 30% discount to US Military with a valid ID. Special 50% off bonus to the first 300 tickets sold online. Visit: www.BestOfTheBestConcert.com/Military.

On Friday, May 24th, the Official Best Of The Best 2013 Welcome Party will be held at Cafe Iguana Pines (8358 Pines Blvd.) in Pembroke Pines and feature music by Massive B, King Waggy T, D Life, House Arrest and Fergie & Springer. Following the big show on Sunday, all roads lead back to Cafe Iguana Pines for the Official Best Of The Best 2013 After Party featuring champion sounds by Stone Love, Massive B, Poison Dart, Platinum Kids, Encore, Steelie Bashment and more. FREE before 1:00 AM with event flyer!

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Konshens & Raine Seville are ready to ‘Sekkle Down’ with new single

After a tantalizing rouse of explicit pictures over the past week, causing a frenzy amongst media outlets and international websites, Dancehall artist, Konshens and singer, Raine Seville come clean.

Yes, the duo have settled down, lyrically at least, as they release the seductive new single, Sekkle Dung. Produced by DreDay ProductionsSekkle Dung finds the pair exchanging some heated, sultry dialogue set to a slow pulsating, 90s-style riddim. While the immense sexual overtone of the song stands out, Sekkle Dung, is more than just a bedroom romp. 

Raine Seville explains, “It’s a song about a woman’s confidence. She’s strong enough to need her man, ask for her man, and him not being to resist such a confident appeal. Definitely, a sexy song for the grown and sexy!”

Raine Seville’s sensual vocals confidently take the lead on Sekkle Dung teasing her mate for action, accented by Konshens manly compliance, creating an exhilarating experience for all listeners. W

With Konshens shelling out hits like, Gyal Siddung, Bubble and Stop Sign while expressing a man’s excitement with the female frame, Raine was more than happy to compose a song that, “flips the script because normally it’s the man approaching the woman for sexual comfort.”

Konshens confirms by suavely remarking, “It’s real talk and you know that’s what I’m all about. Raine is a good artist and a very sexy girl; works well with the mood of the track”

Both artists found working together a welcoming experience and credit that energy, along with Dre Day’s vision to bring some well needed musical seduction into the Dancehall arena.

Sekkle Dung made its official debut with Fame FM’s Kurt Riley on Thursday, March 21st, and can be viewed on Konshens’ social media channel (Subkonshus Music). The single will be also be available for digital purchase on April 2.

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Raunchy pics of Konshens and Raine Seville emerge as they promote new song

konz-raine-028On Thursday, social media circles were sizzling over some steamy photos involving Dancehall superstar, Konshens and multi-talented singer, Raine Seville as they posed in sexually suggestive positions. On Friday, the latter entertainer has broken the silence regarding these thought-provoking visuals.

Raine Seville, who is the ex-girlfriend and baby mother for Dancehall/Reggae artist, Bugle was wearing a small lingerie top while in Konshens’ lap on a chair. One picture sees Raine with the bottom half her body exposed as she embraces the deejay while another has the Stop Sign singer grabbing Raine’s breast in a seemingly passionate exchange.

The pictures were initially posted on the blog of ZIP FM disc jock, ZJ Sparks as she said she was not told whether or not they were promotional pictures were for a new video when she received them in an email.

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Konshens, Tifa big winners at Youth View Awards

Warren Weir and YndiThey were hailed by many as Dancehall’s best deejays for their respective genders in 2012 and on Saturday, Konshens and Tifa validated those plaudits by snagging a variety of honors at the 2013 Youth View Awards.

The highly-revered entertainers took home three awards each on a night that saw many repeat winners and some standout performances at the National Indoor Sports Complex in Kingston. Tifa, who dominated last year’s show by taking home six awards, took home the Favourite Local Artiste (Female) award, trumping rivals Spice and Lady Saw for the honor. Despite her well-documented fallout with Lady Saw last year, Tifa took time during her acceptance speech to pay homage to the ‘Queen of Dancehall.’

The Hold On singer also took home the award for Hot, Young and Hype female of the year as well as Female Fashion Icon.

Konshens won the male equivalents of the Favourite Local Artiste and Hot, Young and Hype awards during Saturday’s show. Kartel clipped ‘Gaza’ deejays, Vybz Kartel and Tommy Lee Sparta for the Favourite Local Artiste honor, capping a year for the chart-topping singer who scored multiple hits including Gal a Bubble, Stop Sign and Siddung.

The latter single, featuring Darrio, also won him the award for Favourite Collaboration, beating Wayne Marshall’s Go Hard, Badmind Dem a Pree (I-Octane and Bounty Killer) as well as Informer (Vybz Kartel and Tommy Lee Sparta).

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Sizzla, Busy Signal shine at drama-filled STING 2012

Spice prop at STINGIn the New Living Translation version of the Bible, John 1:5 reads, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” Perhaps this enlightening quote from scripture sums up STING 2012 in a nutshell: A night filled with few stellar performances standing out above the drama and sub-standard efforts that dominated Dancehall’s biggest stage show.

STING 2012 was hyped in recent weeks as a revamped stage show focusing on strong performances, unearthing more young talent and an adjusted clash format. Though the show left a somewhat disappointing taste in the minds of hardcore Dancehall fans, some noteworthy acts and less recognizable names added flavor to an event that has lost some taste in recent years.

After a number of unknown acts and a clash of the bands dominated the first few hours of STING, it took a couple of veterans to finally put life into the show; primarily Wickaman, who delivered a spirited performance while honoring his long-time friend and fellow deejay, Captain Barkey, delving into their catalogue of hits from the 90s and 2000s.

Fellow veteran, Lady G proved she still has gas left in the tank while comedic entertainer Food Kartel also engaged the crowd by ‘cooking’ some of this year’s biggest hits like Uncle Demon (Shook) and many others.

However, it was a newcomer that really ignited the crowd inside Jamworld in Portmore early Thursday morning as emerging Reggae star, Chronixx elevated his worth, delivering a wholesome set capped off by his smash hit, Warrior while proving himself as a must-see attraction for 2013 and beyond. From there, things heated up as ‘The Strong One,’ Etana gave a rousing set while Iba Mahr and I-Wayne also delivered strong sets.

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Konshens set for STING 2012

Dancehall’s biggest stage show has decided to add the industry’s hottest property to its lineup as Konshens will be one of the headliners on STING 2012 later this month.

After initially suggesting he would not do STING, Konshens has decided to perform at the 29th edition of the controversial event. The announcement was made on Sunday night by the show’s organizers, Supreme Promotions following talks with the Stop Sign singer.

In the release, Konshens expressed his satisfaction with the new direction STING appears to be heading towards.

“Initially, STING was a show I looked forward to watching, not so much to be a part of, though the hardcore dancehall is healthy for the culture,” he said. “This new turn weh dem a try to mek to give the show a facelift, I’m happy to be a part of it. Sting a Jamaica show fi di grass-roots people dem, so I am happy to be able to perform fi dem,”

This will be Konshens’ first appearance on the STING bill since 208, when he burst onto the scene with his classic track, Winner. However, the favorite for 2012 deejay of the year seemed like a lost cause in the eyes of the typically harsh crowd that filled Jamworld.

“I was at Sting 2008 only as a young artiste, coming off a European tour the day of the show, and di band say dem nah rehearse wid mi team if I’m not present. Mix that with the biggest and roughest dancehall crowd in the world and see wah yuh get. Mi escape the boos still,” he joked.

Four years later, Konshens has enjoyed a stellar year, racking up multiple hits such as Gyal a Bubble, Money Up, Destiny (featuring Tifa) and So Mi Tan. His debut album, Mental Maintenance, topped digital charts across Europe, Japan and New Zealand.

Additionally, the popular deejay headlined Reggae Sumfest 2012 and even featured on this season of Tyra Banks’ hit show, America’s Next Top Model, which shot episodes in Kingston earlier this year.

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Year in Review: The Best of Dancehall and Reggae in 2012

It seems like just yesterday the year started, but 2012 is already coming to a close; marking a year within Dancehall and Reggae music that showcased its share of pacesetters during Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence.

Fitting that in a year where Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce re-defined the realms of speed in London, there were a number of fast-rising stars who proved consistently that no finish line is in sight regarding their promising careers. This year proved that there may be a future for our core genres after despite two of their proverbial kings, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel serving different forms of penance behind bars. With that said, here are my picks for the Best of 2012 in Dancehall & Reggae music.

Best Reggae Artiste – Romain Virgo: Firstly, let me say it’s quite pleasing to know the presence of Reggae, the musical art form that made Jamaica a household name, has finally re-stamped its authority on the local scene. A borage of all-Reggae projects like Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Again and Delly Ranx’s The Next Chapter help Jamaica to regain some of its true identity during our most crucial year as an independent island. However, one artiste and album conquered all.

Virgo became an instant sensation when he conquered Digicel Rising Stars in 2007. Five years later, his star has shone amongst the brightest in the industry, primarily through his latest compilation, The System. Giving us hits like I Know Better, Rich in Love and The System, the album embodied the true essence of Reggae. His performance savvy and range have vastly improved year by year, proving why he is Reggae music’s next international superstar.

Comeback Artiste(s) of the Year – Cham/Da’Ville: After scoring a major hit with Stronger (feat. Bounty Killer and Mykal Rose), Cham seemingly disappeared into the abyss for a little while. However, 2012 proved that Cham has not only refused to desert from the scene, he has an oasis of hits left in the tank.

Wine, Back Way and Tun Up were just three of the hits Cham scored in a remarkable year for the highly acclaimed superstar. His lyrical ingenuity reached new levels and while ascending up the musical stratosphere, he brought his wife and upcoming singer, Ophelia ‘O’ Beckett along for the ride.

Da’Ville endured a rollercoaster ride off-stage as he attempted to re-charge his batteries musically. Those batteries were fully charged as the Reggae fusion singer returned with a bang this year through his critically-endorsed album, Krazy Love. Hits like Woman, This Love and You Got Di Ting once again made Da’Ville a force to be reckoned within the industry and offered a more savvy side to this wise veteran of the industry.

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Vybz Kartel, Konshens make provisional list for Best Reggae Album Grammy

Incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel has something to smile about today as one of his most recent compilations has been nominated for music’s highest honor.

Vybz Kartel’s Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey album, released in October 2011, is one of 50 projects on the provisional shortlist for the Best Reggae Album award at next year’s Grammys in Los Angeles. Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey, released a month after Kartel’s arrest on drug and subsequent murder charges, features many of Kartel’s hits dating back to 2008.

Some of the songs on Pon Di Gaza Mi Sey include Virginity (Versatility), Like a Movie, Get Wild, Life We Living and the controversial track, Romping Shop (featuring Spice).

Another embattled Dancehall megastar, Busy Signal has also been nominated for his album, Reggae Music Again, which features hits like Kingston Town, Come Over and the CD’s title track, Reggae Music Again.

Busy, who also scored strong collaborations with Damian Marley (Kingston Town Remix) and Grammy-winning American rock band, No Doubt (Push and Shove) will be released from a Minnesota prison in less than two weeks after completing his six month sentence for absconding bail during a drug case.

Other notables on the Best Reggae Album shortlist include Konshens, who has been torching the music scene this year with his debut album, Mental Maintenance, which features tracks likeDo Sumn, Simple Song, Gal Dem a Talk and She’s Happy. Additionally, past Best Reggae Album winners such as Sean Paul (Tomahawk Technique), Toots Hibbert (Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged) and Jimmy Cliff (Rebirth) scored nominations while Mr. Vegas also appears on the shortlist for his successful double disc, Sweet Jamaica.

The 50 nominees for Best Reggae Album will be trimmed to five (or six) finalists when the full list of next year’s nominees are announced on December 5 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will take place at the same venue on February 10, 2013.

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Konshens begins work on sophomore album

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall sensation, Konshens refuses to let the momentum established as a result of his Mental Maintenance album earlier this year as he’s already began work on his sophomore project.

Konshens released his debut album, Mental Maintenance in February, to rave reviews, topping iTunes charts in Japan, Germany, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand. Additionally, singles off Mental Maintenance such as Simple, Last Drink (featuring Voicemail) and Do Sumn found favor with fans locally and overseas, dominating charts while cementing Konshens’ status as a legitimate superstar.

With these achievements tucked in his back pocket, Konshens seeks to make a similar splash as he plans to reveal more of his evolving, edgy persona in his sophomore album as he’s already began voicing this new project.

“You know say with Konshens, anything is possible so just stay tuned,” Konshens said in a press release.

Many Dancehall insiders have tipped Konshens as the best deejay for 2012 with smash hits such as Gal A Bubble, Stop Sign and So Mi Tan, amongst many others. Over the summer, Konshens released more hit singles such as Siddung (featuring Darrio) as well as Big and Sexy while event venturing into the world of house music, joining forces with renowned Colombian-American producers, Erik Morillo and Sympho Nympho for the track, Murder on the Dance Floor.

Konshens also headlined a successful Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2012 while also performing across the Caribbean and the United States while being scheduled to tour the United Kingdom as well as a return date to the American state of Connecticut for a show hosted by highly-acclaimed Jamaican-American media personality, Nikki Z.

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Lady Saw, Konshens highlight successful Dancehall night at Sumfest

Featuring one of the most star-studded lineup’s in its 20 year history, Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest lived up to expectation on Thursday night as several of the genre’s shining stars shone brightly during the highly acclaimed stage show.

The Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay witnessed a great turnout as patrons were treated to several energetic performances and a few surprises along the way. Some of those surprises weren’t just musical but also in terms of fashion as artistes such as Tifa, Spice and Elephant Man brought unique senses of style to the Sumfest stage.

All three aforementioned artistes brought their A games to Reggae Sumfest’s 20th showing with reputable sets while Stacious showed her on-stage maturity accompanied by a sexy flare and style to her performance and Potential Kidd also hanging tough on his biggest stage show yet.

Rising Reggae sensation, Romain Virgo validated his growing status as one of the genre’s most promising superstars as he performed some of his smash hits that have resonated well with fans including I Know Better and System. Additionally, Kiprich received mass approval from the music lovers on hand, even holding his own again when a fluffy girl tested his strength and dancing skills on stage while Magnum Kings and Queens alumni, Baby Tash and Specialist looked and sang the part, showing no nerves on Jamaican music’s grandest stage.

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New J.O.E album unveiled over a year following death

Over a year following the untimely demise of one of Jamaican music’s most promising acts, a new album has surfaced which pays homage to his work while showing the mainstream more of his undeniable potential.

J.O.E (Jah Over Evil), formerly known as Lil’ Joe, had high hopes within the Jamaican music industry; releasing notable singles such as Nah Nuh Mercy, Not Good At All and Rasta Chant. However, just as his career seem poised for takeoff, J.O.E died of a brain aneurysm in February of last year at the tender age of 24.

At the time, the artiste whose real name was Alty Nunes had been working on his debut album, Man From Judah which he never had the chance to complete. However, with the help of family and friends within the music industry, that album has been finished and will be released posthumously to honor his life’s work.

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Dancehall acts upset with genre’s exclusion from Jamaica 50 concert

There’s a growing uproar within the Dancehall community following confirmation that no artiste representing the popular Jamaican genre will be represented at an upcoming Jamaica 50 concert in England.

One of the major events to take place in honor of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of events will be the Respect Jamaica 50th concert series, scheduled to take place concurrently with the 2012 Olympics in London. The series, conceptualized via AEG Live, runs from July 25-August 6 at the O2 Arena in London and features 50 Jamaica artistes, dub poets and bands.

However, one notable absence from the lineup is that of Dancehall as no artistes representing the prominent genre will feature on the Respect Jamaica 50th bill. This was confirmed during a recent interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report by AEG Live president, Rob Hailett, who insisted that Dancehall music doesn’t necessarily work in every environment.

“I’m very pleased to see Reggae coming back with the reaffirmation of Morgan Heritage, young bands like Raging Fyah. I think it’s a good thing for the music globally because Dancehall doesn’t really work everywhere. I, personally, love it, but it’s not the kind of music that is consumer-friendly as a Raging Fyah who, to me, follow in the footsteps of Bob Marley,” Hailett said.

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VP Records and Subkonshus Music join forces in an exclusive deal to promote Konshens’ chart-topping summer anthem “Gal A Bubble.” The single, from one of hottest emerging dancehall artists, will be featured on VP’s top-selling series Reggae Gold 2012. The label began servicing the song to commercial radio this week.


Konshens’ “Gal A Bubble” is currently sweeping the streets and charts in Jamaica. The track has been consistently selling on iTunes and has landed the #1 spot for the second week in a row on Jamaica’s Weekly Music Countdown Chart by Richie B. The “Gal A Bubble” video  has also received almost 1.5 million YouTube views to date.
About Konshens

Born Garfield Delano Spence in the St. Andrew parish of Jamaica, the multi-talented singer and lyricist got his start while living in Kingston. In 2005, Konshens and his brother Delus formed the musical duo Sojah. Their first single ”Pon Di Corner,” produced by Cash Flow Records, led to the release of two Sojah albums in Japan.  As a solo artist, Konshens is known for hits like “Jamaican Dance” (from the video game Just Dance 3), “Do Sum’n,” “The Realest Song,” “Good Girl Gone Bad” with Tarrus Riley and “Winner” (which received a Song Of The Year nomination from Jamaica’s 2008 Hype TV Awards). Konshens also took home the title of Best New Artist at Jamaica’s Excellence In Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards as well as Stone Love Awards that same year.  In February 2012, he released the solo album Mental Maintenance on his own label Subkonshus Music through VPAL distribution. The album has been well received by fans, and critics like BBC raved that the release was “nothing short of essential.”

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ZJ Wah Wa leaves Darkcide International

Prominent Jamaican selector, ZJ Wah Wa has split from highly acclaimed sound system, Darkcide International after a four year association with the group.

The disc jock, whose real name is Deon-Ville O’Hara has worked for the sound system on several shows and productions in recent times, including his Man of Interest and Deception mixtapes. However, ZJ Wah Wa announced on Tuesday that he will no longer be managed by Darkcide International in a press release.

ZJ Wah Wa states, “I am no longer a part of Darkcide International. They will no longer take care of my affairs as it relates to bookings, public relations and management. I am treading new pastures.”

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Raine Seville, fellow entertainers protesting child abuse in Jamaica

Following a recent revelation regarding the upturn in child molestation within Jamaican homes, prominent Reggae singer, Raine Seville has decided to join the fight against this disturbing trend.

On Tuesday, between noon and 6 p.m. Jamaican time, Raine Seville and several other public figures will lead the Help Jamaica Children road march and rally against child molestation and abuse. This after a newspaper article published at the beginning of April did an in-depth piece about Jamaican children who are molested in their homes by child predators.

The lead article, published in the Jamaica Observer on April 1, details comments from Dr. Sandra Knight of the Bustamante Hospital For Children who offered gut-wrenching facts regarding the level of sexual violence amongst children in the island while the piece also explored the measures, or lack thereof, being taken to curb this trend.

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Konshens to host event in Connecticut next month

Fast rising Dancehall superstar, Konshens will once again seek to capitalize on his growing international exposure by hosting an upcoming event in the United States next month.

Konshens will co-host Spring Fever 2K12-Do Sumn! in Connecticut on May 4th, alongside popular disc jock and media personality, Nikki Z. The event, conceptualized by RisingStarsTV.net in collaboration with DNZ Productions, Scarface and Creepa Productions, will see Konshens promote his successful new album, Mental Maintenance which has topped charts across three different continents and received strong acclaim in the U.S.; particularly in the Northeast.

Additionally, Konshens will perform several of his most recent hit singles such as Do Sumn, Gyal A Bubble and his first mainstream smash, Winner to name a few.

Music for Spring Fever 2K12-Do Sumn! will be provided from sound systems such as, Platinum Kids from New York City, DJ Scarface & Hot Lexx.

This will be Konshens’ first time as a headliner in Connecticut as he aims to take advantage of unprecedented buzz in the tri-state area as many of his recent songs have received consistent airplay in the region.

In the lead up to Spring Fever 2K12-Do Sumn! Konshens will arrive in Connecticut on Thursday to begin promotional duties for the event as he will do radio promos over the next two days on Hot 93.7 FM with Nikki Z as well as other local radio stations.

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Konshens unveils female clothing line

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Konshens has ventured into the entrepreneurial world with the release of his first clothing line, Oh-K.

The new brand hails as a clothing line exclusively catering to females featuring various designs suited for different sizes. Oh’K has already been released in several Kingston-based stores such as Fashion Addiction on Eastwood Park Road, Di Trends in Clock Tower Plaza in Half Way Tree and Honey Fashion on Constant Spring Road to name  a few.

According to Konshens, he decided to create an all-female clothing line given that most of his growing fan base consists of females.

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International dancehall recording artist / producer Craig Parkes more popularly known as Leftside yesterday released a video warning would be promoters and sound systems to be careful of fictitious agents who are fraudulently collecting payments on his behave for dub plates and show dates.

Leftside who’s career continues to surge following a successful 2011 which saw him topping a number of charts not to mention securing a nomination for “International Video Of The Year” at the 3rd Annual Cari Vibez Video Awards stated  in the video ” There is a criminal out there name Kurt Stewart and Sabrina Nalie who has been using fake email addresses such as [email protected] to steal money from unsuspecting individuals looking to do business. We would like to advise the public that these individuals are not apart of our team”.

Anyone seeking to contact Leftside can do so by emailing [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected]. If you are on twitter you can make contact to @leftsidedrevil @b_leftsidedubz and for Facebook its www.facebook.com/leftside.

Leftside who recently shot a video with Juno Award winning Canadian rapper J Diggz for their single “Act A Fool” is currently busy promoting a host of new projects including his DuttyRock Fridays party series at Club Riddim. He is also blazing the radio airwaves with the hit collab “Clap Dat” which features dancehall deejay Konshens.




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New Konshens album tops iTunes charts worldwide

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens seems to have finally asserted himself on the international stage with the release of his latest album, Mental Maintenance.

The 17 track album, which was unveiled late last month via VP Records, has shot straight to number one on several iTunes charts across the world. Konshens’ new effort has topped digital charts in three continents, earning such achievements in Japan, Holland, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Mental Maintenance has also received positive feedback locally, with several smash hits such as Simple Song, Do Sumn, Bounce, Last Drink (featuring Voicemail) as well as World Citizen, to name a few. Additionally, the album features collaborations with established Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and his Subkonshus Music label mate, Darrio.

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21st Hapilos Releases Tiana’s ‘Princess of the Dancehall,’ EP

Prominent Dancehall diva, Tiana has marked a crowning achievement in her career by unveiling her debut EP, Princess of the Dancehall that’s being digitally distributed by 21st Hapilos (Johnny Wonder) via iTunes and several other online digital stores.

Having made several strides within Dancehall over the last 18 months, Tiana has released several hits that have connected with underground and mainstream audiences while building strong fan bases locally and overseas. Her versatility and work ethic culminated in the official release of Tiana’s first Extended Play compilation on Friday.

The digital EP, unveiled via American music sharing outlet, iTunes features several of Tiana’s smash hits over the last 18 months as she aspires to achieve the commercial success her resume warrants. Princess of the Dancehall consists of highly-acclaimed singles such as a soca version of her first major hit, Can’t Talk Bad Bout Mi, Bruk Out and Whine on the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim as well as the sexually charged track, P*m P*m Phat which took the Dancehall world by storm.

Additionally, the debut EP features a pair of Tiana’s most prominent collaborations such as U Mi Want featuring Darrio and the top 10 hit, Gyal Mi Love Yuh featuring Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens.

Princess of the Dancehall encompasses various genres and stages of this dominant diva’s career as the 9 track EP solidifies her place as a stalwart within Jamaican music as she looks towards bigger and better things in 2012.

The Producers who helped to make Tiana’s Princess of the Dancehall EP possible are Adde Production (Summer Time Riddim)…So-Unique Records (Lost Angel Riddim)…Roache/JA Production(Overproof Riddim)…Carlington OutAroad Wilmot/LionPath (Flirtation & West Pines Riddim)…D&H/Subkonshus (G Shock Riddim)…Fams House Studio(Buss Out Riddim) and Cashflow Records with School Bag Riddim.

Buy Tiana’s ‘Princess of the Dancehall’ EP here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/princess-of-the-dancehall/id506700497

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Top 10: Most underrated Jamaican artistes

Though debate lingers as to whether or not the Dancehall/Reggae industry wallows in decline, there certainly isn’t a shortage of good, young talent within Jamaican music.

Yet some artistes, whether still relatively new or polished veterans, either are somewhat overlooked or don’t garner the respect their production deserves. Keeping that in mind, here are ten prominent Dancehall/Reggae acts that warrant more attention for their work than they’ve been given.

10. Natalie Storm: Formerly a part of the dominant trio of divas known as TNT (featuring Tifa and Timberlee), Natalie Storm has always been considered a well-rounded artiste, but somewhat in the shadow of her long-time friends. However, she deserves more consideration than she’s actually received, given her strong international resume’ which includes her hit collaboration with Mr. Vegas (Doggy). That single, along with her highly regarded single, Hotta earned her strong acclaim in Europe and North America as she’s built a growing fan base overseas.

Locally, her star has shone bright in recent months through the release of her sultry single, When You Hold Me as well as the Reggae-themed song, I A’int Missing You showcased varying sides of an artiste that possesses as much lyrical dexterity and sex appeal as her female counterparts. Perhaps, 2012 will be the year she finally earns local recognition as a top-draw act.




9. Stein: In 2011, few artistes released more singles than Gully Squad deejay, Stein whose work ethic can hardly be questioned. Always regarded as lyrical mean machine since his emergence in the early 2000s, Stein stepped up his efforts in 2011 with reputable singles such as Take You for a Ride (feat. Gyptian) Party Hard on the Overproof Riddim and Shell Dung Di Party, amongst several others.

However, his talent, while appreciated on an underground level, hasn’t been appreciated as much via the mainstream. Perhaps, that’s what led Stein to accuse the Dancehall industry of racism in a scathing YouTube rant last month. Hopefully, he won’t be forced to resort to such measures again in exchange for recognition regarding his quality music.


8. Raine Seville: Having been away from music for over a year due to the birth of her first son, Raine Seville returned with a bang last year with hit singles like, Showdown, Tra La La and See Dem A Look which reinforced the strong potential she showed after releasing Curious in 2009.  Her strong vocals and easy-flowing lyrics make her a contender for big accolades and in 2012, she’s already made a name for herself, collaborating with Mavado on the sparkling duet, Cheating Games to rave reviews locally.

Certainly making up for lost time, Raine Seville seems poised to take her place as a dominant Dancehall diva going forward.






7. Demarco – Known for several top ten hits such as Duppy Know Who Fi Frighten, Fallen Soldiers and True Friends, amongst several others, Demarco has a resume that more seasoned artistes would envy. However, it was with Love My Life where Demarco scored on an international level, earning over 30 million YouTube views for the chart-topping single, putting him in elite company with Sean Paul and Shaggy as the only artistes to achieve such as feat.

Though many might consider him in the second tier of top-draw Dancehall acts, his concepts and lyrical delivery warrants even more praise. Iron Bird and 6:30 have already proven so far this year why he merits more credit.



6. Ikaya: Certainly one of Dancehall’s sexiest acts, Ikaya’s qualities as a musician frankly should garner just as much notice. Whether a risqué, sensual vibe on a Dancehall track or a cool, soothing essence while performing Reggae, Ikaya has proven herself as the total package through internationally-acclaimed singles such as These Tears, Get High and the chart-topping single, Hard Way.

While showcasing thought-provoking singles, Ikaya has also proven herself as a culpable performer with strong sets at Reggae Sumfest 2011 and STING 2011 aswell as a memorable rendition of the classic Bob Marley single, Redemption Song at this year’s Youth View Awards. Ikaya’s heard from scarcely, which might explain why she’s not as highly rated as talent deserves. But in her case, quality does exceed quantity, thus leaving no doubt that she’ll fulfill her high mainstream potential.




5. Denyque: When fans first heard the chart topping single, Can’t Breathe back in 2008, Denyque unleashed a heartwarming voice that elicited countless goose bumps across the world. Expectations quickly rose following her debut and, to her credit, unveiled notable follow-up efforts such as Summer Love and Hooked on Me in 2010.

Since then, many wondered if she’d ever live up to her potential as she released culpable efforts but never quite connected on the charts like expected after her first mainstream success. But with a seemingly more mature attitude, Denyque has re-dedicated herself and, in turn, collaborated with Chino for the smash hit, Driving Me Insane which paid homage to Shabba Ranks’ classic single. Driving Me Insane re-ignited the aforementioned expectations initially placed on her and with more recent hits like Turn My Music Up, To Be in Love and What You Like alongsideDing Dong have renewed her status as one of Jamaica’s best singers.




4. Chino: Along with Driving Me Insane, Chino and Denyque have the underrated tag in common. Living up to expectations set by legendary father, Freddie McGregor and his brother/producer, Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor, Chino is an apparent afterthought when it comes to the discussion of Jamaica’s best artistes. Given his willingness to present unconventional ideas within his music, Chino has become an international success with singles like Protected, From Mawnin, Seal the Link and Handwritings, which was an ode to late Reggae superstar, Dennis Brown. Having previously named Singjay of the Year at the EME Awards in 2010, Chino hails as one of Jamaica’s most versatile products and his lyrical clarity deserves even more local acclaim as his typically conscious vibe brings forth a refreshing aura which Dancehall desperately needs.

3. Busy Signal: Everyone knows Busy’s plethora of number one hits and commercial appeal through various Red Stripe and Red Label Wine. But for some reason, Busy Signal doesn’t get talked about with the likes of Vybz Kartel and Mavado despite over 10 number one hits and a rare lyrical ingenuity that made him a household name.

Disregard the fact he doesn’t perform at STING and Reggae Sumfest every year, his crossover appeal continues to rise as he aims to break down international barriers that Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Shaggy and Damian Marley did previously. Whether a country-influenced single like, The Gambler, a Reggae track like Life or ‘pure’ Dancehall like Swag Tun Up, Busy’s range has never been more evident and with a Reggae album now out, there’s little doubt that this artiste should be in the conversation of Jamaica’s best musicians.


2. Tiana: Combine the number of videos that Tifa, Lady Saw and many other female artistes unveiled in 2011 and they still don’t equal Tiana’s total. Her 11 videos in 2011 were unprecedented for a female artiste in 2011 and amongst them, some notable gems such as Pum Pum Phat, Gyal Mi Love Yuh (featuring Konshens) as well as Bruk Out and Wine on the Overproof Riddim.

With a musical resume’ many would envy, Tiana still seeks to earn the respect commercially that she warrants while taking the Dancehall world by storm. Her mainstream following is only now just taking shape after dominating the underground and international ranks and while Tifa and Lady Saw continue to assert themselves as prominent divas, Tiana’s body of work should garner more accolades. Nevertheless, her attempts to grab mainstream attention are finally succeeding as the ‘Princess of Dancehall’ looks to elevate her royal status within Dancehall while leading a very talented group of female prospects.

1.Konshens: Like Tiana to female artistes, nobody is more underrated as a male act that Konshens. Since the hustling anthem, Winner took the local industry by storm in 2008, Konshens’ affinity for the unorthodox has earned him his share of fans and critics in the industry. Whether voicing on frowned upon ‘one-drop’ Riddims or earning few award nominations, Konshens continues to ignore stereotypes as singles like Simple Song, Last Drink (feat. Voicemail) and Do Sumn show aspects of an artiste whose vision goes beyond music but more so, uniting and educating society. His willingness to work with younger artistes shows his optimism for Dancehall’s future and intelligence shown while addressing key music issues make him a well-polished product.

In 2012, Konshens looks to ascend within the Dancehall ranks as he’s already triggered Deejay of the Year conversation with singles like Bad Gal, Gyal A Bubble and Badman Settings. Saying that he merits his place as one of Dancehall’s elite is an understatement. But at this pace, there’s no question Konshens could quickly shed this label as Jamaica’s most underrated artiste.

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Konshens set to unveil debut album

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens will be unveiling his debut album as he seeks to capitalize on growing international exposure.

The artiste, whose real name is Garfield Spence, will unleash his freshman effort, Mental Maintenance on March 6; containing 17 tracks with a mixture of Dancehall and Reggae flavours while showcasing different sides of the highly-acclaimed deejay. Do Sumn, the first single off Mental Maintenance has done well on local and international Dancehall charts; recently entering the top five on the Hot 97 Boston charts.

Prior to the album’s release next month, Konshens will embark on a promotional tour across the United States, aptly titled the Mental Maintenance tour. He’s currently in Florida where he’ll visit Jacksonville and Tampa for a three-day media blitz, including several interviews and promotional events. Furthermore, Konshens will travel to Washington DC on February 15 to do a series of promotional events there.

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