Promoters feel pinch from event fees | Entertainment

While entertainers are benefiting from the copyright fees paid to agencies like the Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) and Jamaica Association of Composers Authors and Publishers (JACAP), some small party promoters say they are feeling the pressure financially. In addition to JAMMS and JACAP, a fee must be paid to the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) before an event promoter can get a licence to host a party. All three fees can sometimes total $15,000. “It’s really hard to find that much when there is a 2 a.m. cut…

Popcaan lands movie role | Entertainment

Dancehall artiste Popcaan has landed a role in the Netflix drama, ‘The Intent’. A representative of his management team confirmed the development yesterday, but declined to give details about the role Popcaan is expected play in the movie. The representative said filming is already taking place in Jamaica, and will continue into next week. Although the post made no direct reference to the movie, Popcaan’s official fanpage shared what appeared to have been a behind-the-scene image of the filming. The Intent 2 is scheduled to be released this summer. The…

Wayne Wonder, D Major add sweetness to Tony Kelly’s rhythm | Entertainment

Singers Wayne Wonder and D Major have added sparkle to hit-making producer Tony Kelly’s syrupy and instantly infectious Caramel Ice Cream rhythm. The rhythm was released late last month, and it features a nice lineup of established, as well as up and coming new voices, including Shaggy, ADN, Khalia and Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, Atiba and GC. Wayne’s Falling and D Major’s Temptation are among those currently enjoying rotation on FM radio. “Tony Kelly is one of the producers that I’ve always wanted to work with,” D Major said. “I…

Spotlight teams up with Macka Diamond | Entertainment

Dancehall deejay Spotlight has teamed up with Macka Diamond for a song called Prove It. “Since I put up the song on my Instagram with me and Macka Diamond a eat ice cream together, ah crazy things gwaan, mad comments. The song ah go hard,” said Spotlight, whose real name is Stennett Harris. The single has been released on the Cornelius Records label, and will be officially distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution on Friday. “It was pre-released online through some sites on YouTube on January 11th, and the feedback…

Stars ‘salute the Rebel’ | Entertainment

Following another successful staging of Rebel Salute, several entertainers have sought to salute the organisers of the festival for their hard work in sustaining the festival for more than two decades. Speaking with THE STAR following their performances, several artistes congratulated Tony Rebel and his team for helping in the preservation of reggae music through this historic event. Last weekend’s staging of the reggae show marked its 25th anniversary. Ikaya: Big up Rebel Salute. Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel and the entire team, keep doing what you’re doing. Over the years,…

E-Dee releases new video | Entertainment

Dancehall artiste Everton ‘E-Dee’ Dennis has released a brand new music video for his new single ‘Island Energy’. The single is from his forthcoming album. Shot on location at the Hollywood Carnival held recently in Hollywood, California, the video captures the ‘island energy’ of carnival dancers from islands and countries around the world. The famed Hollywood Boulevard was shut down for this massive parade. The artiste was chosen by the CEO of Ariesun Inc as their brand ambassador for the new Island Energy drink. E-Dee appeared in commercials for the…

Death by dubplate | Entertainment

By its very nature, the dubplate – a personalised recording for a sound system or selector by a vocalist, should signify a connection of some sort between the person or entity whose name is being called and the person singing or deejaying it. However, in the aftermath of the second World Clash Dubplate Awards, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of entertainment promotion outfit Irish and Chin is indicating that there is a gap which the awards are intended to close. “The purpose of the awards is to recreate that connection which one…

Death by dubplate – Approach ruining artiste, sound system relationship | Entertainment

By its very nature, the dubplate – a personalised recording for a sound system or selector by a vocalist, should signify a connection of some sort between the person or entity whose name is being called and the person singing or deejaying it. However, in the aftermath of the second World Clash Dubplate Awards, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of entertainment promotion outfit Irish and Chin is indicating that there is a gap which the awards are intended to close. “The purpose of the awards is to recreate that connection which one…

US$7,000 to US$10,000 for 10 dubplates – Prices weighing heavily on sound system business | Entertainment

There is not a hard and fast price scale for an artiste to voice a dubplate for a sound system or selector. However, Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne of Irish and Chin, which stages the annual World Clash sound system battle, last held in Canada last October, gave The Gleaner, an approximate range of going prices. He said that artistes charge between US$7,000 and US$10,000 to voice 10 dubplates. However, there have been instances when a selector approaches an artiste with money, but has to be satisfied with two dubplates, as the…