The conclusion of Bacchanal season with the traditional road march on Sunday had everything: Beautiful women all-round, countless celebrities and colorful costumes. Unfortunately, it also saw a clash break out amongst revelers after a group of alleged homosexual men started dancing with each other in the crowd.
At least three people were injured after a group of revelers raised objection to the sight of men sexually gyrating on each other near the conclusion of the march, which took place across various section of Kingston, including Constant Spring, New Kingston and Half-Way-Tree. The alleged gay men and others in the crowd soon exchanged words, leading to stones and other missiles being hurled at the men and one of them being beaten.
Acclaimed Dancehall artist, Tifa has released new material aimed to show off her sex appeal and talk down to her critics in the same breath.
The popular deejay has released her newest track, Inside Me, containing sexually enticing content as she shows her softer side. The single, produced by UIM Records is based on personal experience, she says.
“The inspiration for Inside Me came from a past relationship and how our encounters made me feel,” Tifa said in a statement.
It is the second time Tifa has worked with UIM, previously starring on the collaborative track, Fresh To Death (Remix), featuring fellow divas Tami Chynn, Timberlee, Natalie Storm, Stacious and Keida.
Another new single, Taste Good speaks to how her name is always in someone else’s mouth, in some way responding to the recent speculation surrounding her in recent months.
“I’m a public figure, so I’m always going to be at the helm of unnecessary critics,” she said of the song, produced by Washroom Entertainment.
A third track, Hypocrite Friends was produced by long-time producers and mentors, Ward 21. The single’s theme focuses mainly on the issue of loyalty.
“Hypocrite Smile is coming from my heart, and everyone can identify with this song, because we all have those experiences where friends will betray you,” she said. “Even your own family will hurt you deeply. What I am talking about I’ve already gone through.”
Tifa says videos for the aforementioned singles are forthcoming as she continues to build momentum for her soon-to-be released debut album.
“The feedback on all the songs has been great,” she said. “We will be doing a couple of videos between those released and for some unreleased tracks from the upcoming album. It’s going to be a scorching summer.”
Meanwhile, Tifa has been named the new brand ambassador for Stewart Motors Ltd., adding to her similar roles with telecommunications giant, Digicel and soda company, Bigga Soft Drink.
They 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).
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.
During a time in the Jamaican music industry when lyrical battles are typically at the fore, an all-out war seems on the verge of occurring amongst some of Dancehall’s leading divas.
On Tuesday, the Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw fired the latest salvo in an ongoing war of words between herself and some of Dancehall’s lead female deejays; notably Tifa, Spice and Macka Diamond. The Heels On singer gave a radio interview on Tuesday toHitz 92 FM in which she blasted her deejay compatriots.
When asked about her issues with Tifa, Lady Saw branded the Hold On singer as an ‘uptown Chihuahua.’ Additionally, when pressed about Macka Diamond, Lady Sawcalled her ‘Muma Donkey’ before turning her attention to Spice, saying “When Laing dun pay her a STING, all she can pay for a the suit.”
Later Tuesday afternoon, Tifa tweeted Lady Saw’s comments on her official Twitter page, sparking strong reactions from her fans. This led the Matie Wine singer, who recently fell out withLady Saw after a series of disagreements, to vent her frustrations with the Queen of Dancehall’s actions.
Enjoying a highly successful 2012, Dancehall megastar, Tifacontinues to flourish as she has scored another major international achievement.
Tifa copped the number-one spot on the MTV Base Africa Dancehall Chart, earning her second chart-topping single outside of Jamaica. It’s also her second chart-topper produced by Washroom Entertainment as her hit collaboration in 2010 with Tami Chynn (Certified Diva) earned similar success.
Hold Onoriginally debuted in second spot on the MTV Base Africa Dancehall Chart but elevated to number one in its third week on the countdown. The video for Hold On has also been in regular rotation on local television, particularly countdown shows on CVM, RE TV and HYPE TV.
Tifa expressed her delight with this achievement and hopes to perform very soon for her fans in Africa.
In November, Tifa will be shooting the official video for her hit single, Champion Bubbler, which was released this past summer on the Kling Klang Riddim and was produced by Dre Skull. A crew from New York will be filming the video, according to Tifa, who will subsequently be releasing singles such as Get Buck (Ward 21) and That’s Why You Mad.
Additionally, the Matie Wine singer will be hosting her second annual Pink Xstacy pink and white birthday beach bash, dubbed Pink Xstacy: The Rebirth. The party will be held at Sugarman’s Beach in Portmore, St. Catherine on December 9.
Another catfight may be brewing within the Dancehall industry as prominent ‘Gaza’ diva, Lisa Hyperhas called out internationally acclaimed deejay, Tifa, branding her an undercover troublemaker.
Lisa Hyper and Tifa have been at odds ever since the former artiste was embroiled in a sex photo scandal in 2009 that made her a subject of ridicule amongst music lovers and industry players alike. For a while it seemed that the bad feelings steadily subsided as time elapsed, that is, until a Blackberry Broadcast Message issued by Lisa Hyper emerged in which she dissed Tifa while making reference to the Hold Ondeejay’s physical disability.
“How Tifa fi waan run the place and she cannot even walk? Just asking peeps”. Bwoy, mi have a handicap cousin so mi no find it amusing, somebody caan talk to her and tell her fi just chill out a little. No man, she ah go too hard,” the message read.
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 Virgovalidated 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.
Legendary Dancehall superstar, Lady Saw has put her female contemporaries on notice as the prominent deejay insists that she’s separating herself from other Dancehall divas following recent controversy.
Several weeks ago, Lady Saw gave an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report (ER) in which she allegedly stated that no current female Dancehall artiste could spend a day in her shoes. However, the artiste whose real name is Marion Hall vehemently denied that she said such a thing, insisting that producers of ER edited the interview in a way which made it seem like she was dissing her female compatriots, namely Spice and Tifa.
Following that interview, speculation arose regarding a possible beef between Lady Saw and Tifa which both denied. Spice later commented on the matter via TVJ’s Intense, saying that she was surprised by the alleged feud.
Now reflecting on recent events and surprised by the response by other female artistes regarding the interview, Lady Saw insists that she refuses to build personal relationships with fellow divas within the Dancehall industry.
Two of Dancehall’s leading ladies have rubbished speculation of a developing feud between each other following a recent interview that sparked some controversy.
The Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw was the subject of an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report which aired last Friday in which she was asked about which current female artiste could be next in line to take over the Dancehall scene. When asked if prominent divas, Tifa and Spice were the artistes best fit to succeed her, Lady Saw was claimed to have said, ‘Never in my league, my shoes can never be filled.’
However, the iconic deejay categorically denied saying that in response to the question of her successor; insisting that she was displeased with the Entertainment Report cut her interview.
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Tifa has worked her way to the upper echelon of the Jamaican music fraternity. However, she wishes industry observers would give her and fellow female artistes the respect they deserve.
Tifa recently gave an interview on the Lauren O Lauren (LOL) show where she spoke of her career progress as well as the growing issue of respect for women in the Jamaican music industry. Despite scoring several top ten hits including Bottom of the Barrel, Spell It Out and Dash Out, Tifa admits that the road to success has had its share of adversity; facing similar trials and tribulations that other prominent female artistes have endured within the Dancehall industry.
Partof it, Tifa feels, is that industry players fail to acknowledge the work female artistes put out in the mainstream, insisting that though things have somewhat improved, women have had to work much harder just to earn similar accolades to their male counterparts.
“I don’t feel they give women the respect they deserve…To me we haffi work harder, me did haffi work three hundred times harder cause when I started, everyone saw my legs, nobody neva did hear wah come out a mi mouth or go ‘Oh, she too cute fi a sing Dancehall’ cause at that particular time you had to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way to be a Dancehall artiste and I guess I kinda broke the mold,” she said.
One example Tifa pointed to regardedthe issue of pay scales for male and female artistes; explaining that much more accomplished female acts will reap less benefits for their singles than less accomplished male acts.
“Yuh have a one man weh come out wid a one gimmick song and dem gi him seh a million dollars to perform and you’ll have a veteran in the business, a woman with a catalogue and they wanna give you less than half of that,” she said.
“Nuff a di man dem jus’ go out deh and sing dem song, nuff a di man nuh know nutten bout performance. Yuh jus’ have a string a hits and yuh go out deh and sing and a woman haffi go out dere and work fi her own. I don’t think that’s fair in terms of monetary balance.”
Meanwhile, Tifa spoke publicly for the first time about the state of her current relationship with long time friends, Timberlee and Natalie Storm. Formerly known as TNT, Tifa revealed that varying obligations pulled the prominent divas their separate ways and that she couldn’t give her energy to three different commitments.
When asked by show host, Lauren Dunn about the highly publicized fallout between herself and Timberlee, Tifa admitted that there’s been tension between herself and the Bubble Like Soup in recent times and that their relationship isn’t at the level it once was. However, the Matie Wine singer conceded that she hopes their friendship can return to its former state.
“We’re like sisters and inna every family, whether family or friend, yuh a go have yuh disagreements yes…but we’ve talked. It’s not as solid as before but it alrite.”
Tifa continues to enjoy musical success in 2012, scoring hit collaborations with Dancehall/Reggae superstar Konshens (Destiny) and breakthrough deejay/rapper, Laza Morgan (Love Me 2). Additionally, Tifa is slated to unveil her debut album internationally this summer.
It seems as if tension continues to exist between prominent Dancehall divas, Tifa and Timberlee, especially following an alleged incident that took place during New Year’s weekend.
According to Yardflex.com, the popular deejays were at an event during the holiday weekend when Tifa decided to go after Timberlee. Reportedly, persons held back the Dash Out deejay as she tried to go after Timberlee.
This news comes a month after comments that mutual friend and fellow deejay, Natalie Storm made during an interview on the LaurenOLauren (LOL) show on Flow TV. When asked by show host, Lauren Dunn about relations within the TNT (Tifa, Natalie Storm, Timberlee) camp, the Hotta deejay hinted that tension existed between Tifa and Timberlee.