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Tessanne gives mind-blowing performance … of Bridge Over Troubled Water
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Tessanne Chin – File

While the #TeamTessanne parties continued across the corporate area, the songbird inched one step closer to winning the NBC hit talent show, The Voice.

Tessanne’s participation on the show has certainly brought about an atmosphere of camaraderie and togetherness.

While fans were anxious to hear which song Tessanne would perform this week, they were made to wait a tad bit longer as Tessanne closed out the night with a mind-blowing and moving performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Channelling her emotions into delivering an awesome rendition of the Simon and garfunkel’s hit song, Tessanne’s performance was punctuated by enthusiastic applause and cheers from the show’s live audience. Tessanne sister Tami Chynn and her mother were in the audience cheering her on also.

Tessanne’s angelic voice warmly embraced the live audience and captured the attention of the millions of fans around the world. She could no longer hold back the tears as she listened to the comments from the judges.

“I’ve never been speechless on the show before. I’m so amazed by what happened. That was the most flawless and graceful performance I have ever seen on the show,” coach Adam Levine stated after a standing ovation.

Even rival coach Blake Shelton had to agree. “It’s hard to argue with anything Adam said. I’m a big fan of yours. You are an incredible singer and I’m happy for you,” Shelton opined.

Social media also weighed in on Tessanne’s performance.

“Tessanne is the only one who has never had a bad night! Talent dash weh pon she!!! Sas Christ!!”

“In AWE … speechless!!!! #teamtessanne all the way … it dun now! Tessanne Chin is The Voice

Only three of the five contestants will continue after tomorrow’s double elimination results show.

LA Lewis gives Bounty ultimatum – Says artiste should apologise for making dub for Tanto Blacks


Bounty Killer

LA Lewis is not taking his defeat to Tanto Blacks during the Magnum All-Star Celebrity $1,000,000 Face-Off last Thursday night lightly.

Turning his anger towards Mad Cobra and Bounty Killer, yesterday, in a telephone call to The STAR, the self-proclaimed Seven-Star General all but declared war.

The first of Lewis’ grouses has come because of a Bounty Killer dub unleashed by Tanto Blacks during the clash.

According to Lewis, he considers Bounty a friend, and a friend should not have given, “a clown, dub fi shoot mi. A clown him clown mi out.”

violation

The ‘violation’ does not mean an immediate war though as the ‘Illuminati’ (again self- proclaimed) is giving Bounty 88 hours to make a public apology.

“Bounty knows what 88 hours mean, double infinity. Tell Bounty don’t ramp wid mi!”

According to LA Lewis, he has long told Bounty Killer he is the star of the night, “and me a di star a di day.”

With that in mind, LA Lewis says Killer must be careful he (LA Lewis) doesn’t “start wear piece a black an’ start run di day an’ di night”.

“Him wave him rights fi call LA Lewis him friend,” Lewis declared.

While L.A. Lewis has extended a time frame for quashing the possibility of a beef with Bounty, Mad Cobra is getting no such favours.

“Mad Cobra fi know seh a Gaza run Portmore and him run a quarter acre. Him run a quarter acre and call it Brixton,” said Lewis.

His anger at Mad Cobra has come because, according to Lewis, the Flex singer had his fans boo him to ensure he lost the clash.

“Before mi start dem a boo,” said Lewis.

diss song

“Cobra feel like seh him could a bring een im crew fi boo mi an’ mi wouldn’t know?” Lewis asked.

“Him fi memba seh, a me seh Gaza,” said Lewis, going on to explain that Mad Cobra was angry that LA Lewis had done songs dissing him. According to Lewis, Cobra ran away from the impending clash, and, instead, chose underhanded methods of seeking revenge.

While angered at the two artistes because of the clash, Lewis says he has nothing against Tanto Blacks, who unceremoniously dispatched his efforts last Thursday.

“Mi big up Tanto Blacks on him victory. Is a trying yute ‘an’ mi nuh have nutt’n ‘gainst him.”

Turning his anger back to Bounty, Lewis pointed out that he was more than fair in giving the 88-hour ultimatum.

“If war start, nubaddy cyaa seh LA Lewis cause trouble. Mi gi him whole heap a time fi apologise.”


Mad Cobra

Wray & Nephew – White Rum Bikini Sundayz beach party



Anthony Minott photosDiehard party fans ‘shelled down’ the Wray and Nephew White Rum Bikini Sundayz beach party at the Ultra Beach Club, Hellshire, St Catherine, recently.

The ladies went all out to impress as their favourite songs blared from the speaker boxes.

Despite a 90-minute break because of a power outage, the real fans waited patiently for a possible resumption. As the lights flicked on for the resumption of the party there was instant cheer and joy from patrons.

Unleash Entertainment, the promoters of the party series, thanked the patrons for holding the faith and they were rewarded for their patience as the party was extended from the regular midnight end.

Five lucky patrons were given 5 microwaves courtesy of sponsors Wray & Nephew.

The ladies, as customary at this party, shared the lime-light, however, some went the extra mile to make it a memorable occasion. Next up for Unleashed Entertainment and Wray & Nephew is the Wray & Nephew White Rum Bikini Sundayz Street Dance at the Old Harbour Bay Bus Park on Sunday, December 22.


Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer

  
Anthony Minott photos

Rickey Teetz hits video charts with ‘Poverty Life’

Ricky Teetz 

Montego Bay-based reggae-dancehall sensation Rickey Teetz is pleased with the success of his ‘Poverty Life’ single, which jumped to #4 on the CVM Hitlist reggae charts last weekend.

Poverty Life chronicles Rickey Teetz own struggles trying to help raise his brothers and sisters when his father suddenly passed away in 1989.

He, along with the rest of his family, started to move around until they settled in Rose Heights.

In an effort to make ends meet, he entered the hardships of the Charles Gordon Market, selling scandal bags, bag juice, popcorn, bread among other things.

“It was hard growing up, and to be able to make a song about it years later is very gratifying, especially the way the public has responded to it. I have people stopping me in the streets, saying they really feel the song and seeing the struggle inspires them to go on and make it, no matter the odds,” Rickey Teetz said.

Poverty Life was released two months ago on the Win Out Records label. The video is also in rotation on CVM, Hype TV and E Plus.

Later this month, Rickey Teetz will be releasing new singles such as Lighters Up and Walkout.

He is particularly pleased with Lighters Up, a soul-stirring song which anyone who has been bereaved will appreciate.

Teetz lost his mother and stepped in to raise his younger brothers and sisters and financed their education.

However, tragedy struck again, in 2006, when he lost one of his brothers, a stunning loss that crippled him emotionally after the death of his parents.

“The song is for anyone who has lost a loved one. I have my own experiences, having lost my brother plus my father and mother, so this song has a lot of meaning to me. Things have been rough but music got me through everything. music heal me and it keeps me going today,” he said.

Teetz is known for his brilliant wordplay, offbeat metaphors and undeniable swag, which have made him a popular figure out west.

His songs are semi-autobiographical, telling interesting anecdotes about his background and the hardships he had to endure to become the man he is today.

Teetz is also known as a successful entrepreneur, hosting major entertainment events in Montego Bay.

He will be performing on ‘Fyah Fridays’, at Mount Salem Plaza, December 20, and has two events, Cash Money Fish Fry in Rose Heights and Trophy Sniper Birthnight Bash in Coopers Pen, Trelawny, December 21.

On Boxing Day, he will perform at the Wet N Ride Bike Show, Creek Street car park, and ‘Beach Fest’, December 27. He will hold centrestage at ‘Drizzle’, Coopers Pen, Trelawny, and the highly anticipated ‘Jamfest’, Aquasol Theme Park, on December 29. Follow Rickey Teetz on Instagram, Twitter.

$3m clash at Sting

CEO of Downsound Records, Joe Bogdonovich. – Colin Hamilton 
Downsound Records (DSR) has made two major announcements intended to spice up the Jamaican Christmas season this year, musically.

Joseph Bagdonavich, the label’s CEO, announced recently on entertainment programs ER and E Prime a $3-million winner-takes-all lyrical clash at Sting, which is celebrating its 30-year anniversary.

Ninja Man, also a contender, will have the duffle bag of cash live on stage to hand over to the winner.

The much-touted event, set for Jamworld Entertainment Complex, Portmore, St Catherine on December 26, will feature international artiste 2 Chainz, dancehall legend Super Cat and current icons including Beenie Man and Mavado.

Bagdonavich, via his company, officially became a full-time partner of Sting, with founder Isaiah Laing last year, after a few years behind the scenes.

The event is dubbed as ‘The greatest one-night show on Earth’.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, which has never happened in the event’s 30-year history, DSR has released a commemorative single, Downsound Christmas, which features label artistes Ninja Man, Ishawna, Harry Toddler, Don Husky and Naazir.

The track was produced by Bagdonavich and Scatta Burrell and will be marketed by DSR’s marketing arm, Contractor Music.

“The song is already generating interests,” said marketing director Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards.

The label has enjoyed a number of successful collaborations, namely Ishawna and Specialist’s Do For Love andDweet, featuring Ninja Man and Specialist.

Ninja Man was recently victorious in a sound clash against popular radio disc jock GT Taylor at the Irie FM street dance. Ishawna was also engaged in a sound clash at Famous Nightclub for the STAR‘s All-Star Face Off.

Naazir and Don Husky continue to work hard in studio and are set to release new tracks.

The entire Downsound Records clique, which includes reggae sensation Nature, will perform at Sting.

Keywee ready for streets

KeyweeUp-and-coming entertainer Damion ‘Keywee’ Morgan, says he is ready to take on the streets.

The young artiste, born in Manchester, but now living in St Catherine, has expressed his desire to change Jamaica’s youth with the message in his music.

Keywee described his style as, “singjay like Vegas or Khago, but my sound is signature”.

His musical journey has been a rough one, thus far, but he is determined he will press on to achieve his dreams of one day being known to the masses through quality songs and entertainment.

Performances at shows in Manchester and St Mary have convinced the young act that his music will one day find a place on the charts.

“My ultimate goal, in about five years, is achieving a Grammy. But, still, the sky is the limit,” he said.

“The music industry is in a good direction now as we can see the rap artistes are interested in our flavour and style. Reggae music now is a good look with emerging artistes like Chronixx, Protoje, I-Octane etc, so we just need more love in the industry.”

Keywee plans to bring something different to the table.

“My difference is by doing good music and help uplift the people while being myself, being natural,” he said.

His songs released, thus far, include Back It Up, Blessings A Pour, Di System and Jah Keep Me Holding.

Keywee is currently working with producers such as Vineyard Productions, St Bess Records, Cross Fire Productions and Live Village.

Bredda Hype wins – at last
Mel Cooke, Star Writer  
– ANTHONY MINOTT PHOTOS

With the spectre of two controversial losses in the Magnum All-Star $1,000,000 Face Off looming over the turntables, there was a palpable sense of relief when Bredda Hype notched its first win last Thursday.

The St Elizabeth-based sound system beat Coppershot soundly, even after a shaky moment when they lost two points in the 45 round after playing a pair of songs which had been played before.

“Who God bless, no man curse. Anything Father God say a law,” an obviously elated and relieved Bredda Hype said. And the host, Nuffy, in offering his congratulations, alluded to what had transpired in previous weeks. “Mi know sey tonight Bredda Hype did haffi dweet,” Nuffy said.

Even with the penalty imposed on Bredda Hype, initially Coppershot could only manage to draw level in that penultimate round as each of the three judges scored the round four for Bredda Hype and two for Coppershot. After the deduction, the scores were level at two apiece – but the point for crowd support went to Bredda Hype.

In giving the judges’ report after the closing dub-for-dub round, Cool Face summed up how the face-off had gone. “This time, we a watch the crowd response as well,” he said. He recapped that the opening juggling round had gone to Bredda Hype, as had the challenge round and the 45 round “by a squeeze”.

“The dub-for-dub was very clear,” Cool Face said, although noting that in the round, “Coppershot came back strong.” Still, despite the comeback, Bredda Hype scored six points to Coppershot’s five, and six to four on two judges’ cards, with the third having it seven to six in favour of Bredda Hype. Bredda Hype took the point for crowd support by all three judges’ reckoning.

Bredda Hype built an excellent first round from the foundation up and never looked back, starting with a musical drink for the hardworking people, and then moving into the Marley triple of Natural Mystic, Who The Cap Fits andThree Little Birds. Tenor Saw’s Roll Call and Junior Reid’s One Blood were big hits and, after Sizzla’s Karate, Bredda Hype made its way into more recent dancehall times with tracks from Chronixx, Mavado and Cobra, losing on a high as Kartel examined the “business”.

On the other hand, Coppershot did not pace the music, a Sizzla dub of Solid As a Rock (which did not hit home) preceding a couple of hip-hop tracks (including a mix of Collie Budz Come Around), before they leapt into uptempo mode with Buju growling “me an oonu”. It did not work.

The Challenge Round mandated that the sound systems play a combination between a Jamaican and international artiste. Bredda Hype got off to a flying start with Bounty Killer, Cocoa Brovaz and Nona Hendryx doingIt’s a Party. Combinations featuring Mavado and Kartel were in the mix, as Bredda Hype had Famous jumping.

Coppershot went for Road to Zion (Nas and Jr Gong), which hit the spot. But the follow-up, Dem No Worry We by Supercat and Heavy D, missed badly, although they recovered somewhat with Bounty Killer and the Fugees.

After Bredda Hype’s slip in the 45 round, it was on to the dub-for-dub, Bredda Hype playing first and setting the tone while acknowledging past missteps. “Every night me come ya, dis jiggy nah go work. De people say ‘Bredda Hype, play some big tune’,” the selector said, and did just that, starting with a John Holt dub of On the Beach. The tactic worked very well, as Coppershot tried to follow the ‘big tune’ route, dropping a dub of Sizzla’a Holding Firmwhich, while it stirred the crowd, did not have the impact of Bredda Hype.

And Bredda Hype kept the tunes huge, with a dub of Marcia Griffiths’ Melody Life. Coppershot did not seem to be able to follow, the selector saying “me a play whe mi have” as he went uptempo with a custom-built dub for Bredda Hype. He was duly booed, and although Bredda Hype was booed in turn for their Third World dub of 96 Degrees in the Shade, the writing was on the wall.

Bredda Hype’s final shot was from Cobra, Famous going into a frenzy at the customised lines “teeth a pull”. Coppershot ended with Kartel on a strong, but not tumultuous, note.

 

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