Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Reviving Live Poetry with Rhap.so.dy

….the event series is poised to provide an ecstatic expression of feeling

The Jamaican Entertainment scene was birthed on the concept of a vibrant and exciting live element; it saw the emergence of the dub sessions, melodious acoustic studio recordings, hilarious plays, thrilling sound/artiste clashes and mind gripping poetic displays. Over time we have slowly started losing focus on some of these elements and many argue that this has contributed to what has become a less than impressive local entertainment scene. With the introduction of Rhap.so.dy, a passionate group of young people are set to reintroduce live poetry, starting in the metropolis.

“Like the name suggests the event series is poised to provide an ecstatic expression of feeling as true poets are known for” explains a visibly enthusiastic Tanhoi Sinclair from the Promotional team responsible for the event series. She went on to explain “We just want to feed the hunger for quality live entertainment”. Rhap.so.dy promises to cater to patrons who crave a nice relaxing evening filled with superb live entertainment; this will take the form of established/budding poets, story tellers and other performers delivering a special mix of talent each night. The ultimate gratification for them is to gain exposure via this medium to mature audiences.

This event will create an intimate environment for live performers and enthusiasts alike forming what will become the premier ‘Poetry Jam Session’ in Jamaica. Allowing anyone to exercise their poetic muscle and/or come and enjoy the same, while helping to build the poetry community in Jamaica.
Rhap.so.dy will be held every Thursday evening between 6pm and 12am at Thiaah’s Juices and Organic Foods (22 Belmont Road, Kingston 6). Entry to the event will be charge free with refreshments on sale throughout the night. These will feature savory vegetarian finger foods, Natural juices and a fine selection of some of the world’s best wines.

The invitation is open to all performers to come and showcase their talent, if interested an email may be sent to the team at rhap.so.dy.jamsessions@gmail.com for more information. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Konshens pledges to ‘Drink and Rave’

….reflects on the hard work that it took to allow him to enjoy his current success

Dancehall’s ‘It Man’ – Konshens has teamed up with the industry’s Dynamic Duo – Razz & Biggy and the result is a celebratory track titled ‘Drink and Rave’ which is slated to be released under the Razz & Biggy Music Imprint. Celebration is a major part of success; it’s that part of the journey that makes it all worth the effort that was put in from the beginning.  Drink and Rave is just that; an anthem for celebration.

Few members of the Jamaican Entertainment fraternity have been continuously riding the wave of success quite like Konshens, since his debut in 2005 which was by popular demand, initiated in Japan; destined for success you may say. 2012 has been really great to Konshens, he was featured on the Reality series conceptualized by model Tyra Banks – America’s Next Top Model, he toured Uganda to glorious receptions, was featured on Mtv Iggy, released the Mental Maintenance album which topped charts around the world, places like Japan and Germany readily comes to mind.

In Drink and Rave Konshens reflects on the hard work that it took to allow him to enjoy his current success and reaffirms his belief in the supreme being and in those age old sayings; ‘who God bless no man curse’ and ‘wah fi be haffi be’.  There should never be a question about the artiste’s view on loyalty; in various lines throughout the track he echoes sentiments of embracing not only the loyalty of those around him but also those who played a positive impact on the musical journey that he embarked on years ago.

“Working with Konshens was a great experience” commented a notably pleased Razz, he went on to explain that “Konshens is the consummate professional, he knows and understands the concept of hard work and does not hesitate to get straight to work when in the studio”. Since launching the Razz & Biggy Music label the duo has worked on few productions which include their critically acclaimed ‘First Born Riddim’.

Drink and Rave was exclusively premiered on the duos fifth mixtape effort for 2012 titled ‘One More Year’. “It was only fitting to use our mixtape to premiere it” commented Biggy when asked about the choice to use that medium to launch the song. In Three days after the release of the mixtape on www.razznbiggy.com and www.facebook.com/razzandbiggy it has garnered thousands of downloads, a tell tale sign that it will be a favourite in the streets in no time.

Drink and Rave is set for digital release on November 27, 2012.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Razz & Biggy releases Mavado’s So Suicidal Mixtape

The Duo continues to deliver on their promise to keep good music just a click away from their fans and music loves worldwide

Hot on the heels of his long awaited return to Jamaica recently, dancehall heavy hitter – Mavado hit the studio and teamed up with the genre’s dynamic duo – Razz & Biggy to compile an action packed mixtape ‘just for the fans’.

The mixtape is aptly titled ‘So Suicidal’ which mirrors the sing jay’s track with the We The Best label boss – Dj Khaled called Suicidal Thoughts which was the lead single from Dj Khaled’s ‘Kiss the Ring’ album. The 26 track effort sees production credits from some of the industry’s most talented production labels such as DASECA, Big Ship and Chimney Records amongst others representing for the local team. Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis, the producer who helped shape Wyclef and the Fugees’ Island-informed sound, is the man responsible for the guitar-laced ‘Souljah Girl’, other international production credits rest with Dj Khaled, Boi-1da and T-minus.  With guest appearances from artistes such as Ace Hood, Chase Cross, Chipmunk, Meek Mill, Buccaneer and Akon, it was of no surprise that the mixtape racked up thousands of downloads within hours of being posted online on outlets like www.razznbiggy.com.

When asked about the process of putting the mixtape together, Biggy explained that it was just as much fun as it was hard work. “Mavado is a great product of our music, he has numerous songs, finding the right blend of songs took some doing, but the artiste is so good to work with that’s why the finished product was so quickly embraced by audiences far and wide”, explained a visibly pleased Biggy.

2012 has seen Razz & Biggy being very busy both in the studio and in the streets, with sold out tour dates both locally and overseas and other combination efforts with artistes like Denyque and Bugle to their credit. In May 2012 the critically acclaimed - ‘I am Super Girl; Denyque’s mixtape debut was dropped and three months later in August ‘Psalms’; a strong mix of songs from the talented Bugle was unleashed. This year has been exceptionally good to Dancehall’s Dynamic Duo. With the end of the year fast approaching  they reveal that their schedule remains just has hectic; “the lord has really blessed us, so we just continue to do our best in whatever we do, please the people and keep doing good work” Razz went on to explain.

The Duo continues to deliver on their promise to keep good music just a click away from their fans and music loves worldwide. With numerous mixtapes available on their website – www.razznbiggy.com , they enjoy a hit rate which is envied by most entertainment pages on the web.

The So Suicidal Mixtape is available free for download on www.razznbiggy.com .

Monday, May 7, 2012

Appleton May Daze delivers Fun, Frolic & Fantasy with ‘Forbidden Fantasy

Hundreds enjoyed the first step of the Fantasy Journey

Appleton Jamaica Rum and the team from Good Company are echoing sentiments of satisfaction following the opening night for their event series; Appleton May Daze – the remix. The series started last week Friday at a new venue – Home Sweet Home at 15 West Kings House Road in Kingston. Though many were concerned about the change of venue, the change proved to be a satisfying treat for the patrons, promoters, sponsors and affiliates. “The venue at Home Sweet Home gave us the right amount of room for our patrons to feel comfortable and at the same time get the personal friendly vibe that we aim to keep consistent each year” commented an elated promoter – Stephen Willie.

Hundreds of patrons came out to enjoy what was the first step on the fantasy journey which is Appleton May Daze. Females flocked the gates from as early as 10pm ensuring that they made the most of their charge free entry before 11pm. Most patrons were very pleased with the layout of the venue, the over 40 Feet of bar space made the access a hassle free one. The lighting and light shows were nothing short of ‘phenomenal’ a guarantee that the providers – Phenomenal Lightening promised and aptly delivered. The sound that filtered through the venue was crystal clear and high on quality; the system featured three towers provided by the masters from Technotics. Technotics boasts some of the most hi-tech features in the sound system business today, not only is the master controller able to wirelessly control the entire system from anywhere in the venue, each tower came with its own flat screen which was a delightful distraction that a lot of the patrons enjoyed.

Appleton Jamaica Rum and Kirov Vodka mixes were the order of the evening and flowed from the bar as the 2-4-1 mix drink offering was a hit with the patrons. The team from Bar Solutions ensured that the mixes and cocktails were all of a premium blend, which satisfied even those with discerning tastes.  Most of these blends where chased with Pure Heaven juices and the energy drink – Roaring Lion, both of which tantalized the taste buds of the drinkers.

Zj Johnny Khool and Zj Ice played a tag team of hit musical selections all night to great response from those in attendance. The venue again proved an appropriate playground for those willing enough to take their dancing skills to either the hard surface or the lush grass. It was no surprise that the Rough Rider team were a hit, some of the dance moves where very sexually motivated and hinted what the night had in store for some. It was of great comfort that persons were undertaking the responsibility to secure safe sexual practices with packs of Rough Rider condoms.

If the lead event was anything to go by, then the Appleton May Daze – the remix will be quite an experience for the next four Fridays; next stop is ‘Short Temper’, the ladies are already choosing sides #TeamShortShorts and #TeamShortSkirts.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Appleton May Daze – the remix set to bring fantasies to life on West Kings House Road

Jamaica’s premiere pre-summer party series starts this Friday

The vibe and energy of a Mardi Gras experience will be unleashed this Friday at 15 West Kings House Road as Appleton Jamaica Rum and the promotional team from Good Company prepare to host the first event for Jamaica’s premiere pre-summer party series – Appleton May Daze under the theme ‘the remix’.

Masks and Beads will be the toys of choice as the patrons come out to enjoy what will be a ‘Forbidden Fantasy’. Patrons are being encouraged to forget the status quo and embrace the May Daze way of life; where we have fun, while we frolic and watch our fantasies unfold. May 4th is the one night that being naughty will be embraced as nothing short of nice. “The idea is to give the male patrons a fair amount of beads upon entry and throughout the course of the event, the females will be given masks” expressed an ecstatic Dwayne Harris (promoter); he went on to say “The game plan is simple, the lady who ends up with the most beads at the end of the night will get a Fantasy prize package courtesy of our sponsors”. The beauty about the experience is that because the ladies identities are being hidden they are being encouraged to work that female magic, no holds barred at getting the beads. “The experience promises to be fun filled and very flirtatious, a fitting way to end a busy week” commented fellow promoter – Stephen Willie.

Two of Jamaica’s coolest selectors in the form of Zj Johnny Kool and Resident DJ – Zj Ice will be on the wheels of steel providing the perfect backdrop for what will set the pace for the rest of the event series.

Appleton’s alignment with the May Daze brand will ensure that patrons will be able to enjoy Appleton Mixed Drinks in abundance with the signature 2-4-1 offering amongst other specialty mixes.

Keeping quality entertainment affordable is a prime focus of the team from Good Company, to this end they have managed to keep both drink prices and entry at a fair minimum with General entry being only $800 with the added incentive of ladies being able to enter FREE before 11pm, everyone can come out and enjoy the series.

With a cozy new venue at 15 West Kings House Road (across from Truck Stop), exciting themes, quality entertainment packages, affordable pricing, hands down Appleton May Daze is the best way to spend the next five Friday nights