Two of the young women that were in the huge audience
A section of the audience at the Magnum All-Stars face-off at the Famous Nightclub in Portmore.
Scott Wilson of HITZ FM poses with a Magnum girl during Thursday’s event.
Flava Unit’s selector Badda Bling.
A patron strikes a pose for the camera.
During his set, a Bredda Hype selector makes a point to his opponent from the Flava Unit sound system.
Bredda Hype selectors were outstanding during their rounds.
Even after the exciting tussle between Elephant Man and KipRich during last Thursday’s Magnum All-Star $1,000,000 Face Off, the encounter between Bredda Hype and Flava Unit still managed to lift energy levels in a near-full Famous Nightclub.
Although Flava Unit’s eventual winning margin was wide – 53 to Bredda Hype’s 42 – the two played equal part in a musical battle of almost epic proportions.
Bredda Hype, who had lost an earlier face-off with Ricky Trooper, began the night in fashion befitting someone who did not intend to lose.
The selecting duo was imperious in that first round, dubbed The Juggling Round. Flava Unit had no answer.
It was not until the second round that the Portmore sound began to come into its own.
That second battle, The Challenge Round, brings something different to the table each week. This time around, the sound systems were instructed to play a combination between a singer and a deejay.
Flava Unit, playing second, had responded with Leroy Smart and Baby Wayne claiming, “mi know mi fren’ different from mi enemy dem”, Pinchers and Bounty Killer Riding west and the remake of Barrington Levy’s Murdererfeaturing Beenie Man. This was after Bredda Hype’s selections had included Alaine and I-Octane, TOK and Bounty Killer, and Reparation, done by Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim.
While Bredda Hype was still riding on the wave of his brilliant juggling in the first round, his second featured songs just couldn’t match the stature of those from Flava Unit. Bredda Hype duly lost the second round.
When it was time for the 45 round, again Bredda Hype was slated to play first. Bredda Hype’s selector came out with Ninja Man’s Murder Dem. The damage had already been done, however, as questions from the selecting team about the judging had turned the tide of the crowd.
Flava Unit, credit to them for doing so, chose that round to put some theatrics into the face-off, Badda Bling handing out tomato and escallion to members of the audience before pulling Super Cat’s Vineyard Style.
It was the first of a Super Cat double, as Don Dada followed, and there was an especially humorous moment as a bundle of escallion was tossed back on stage, then in turn hurled from the stage to near the middle of the audience, two ladies dressed to the hilt neatly sidestepping the seasoning as it fell.
“This is my place!” Badda Bling declared before dropping Bounty Killer’s Lodge to the pleasure of the home crowd support that had showed from early with the vuvuzelas sounding at the mention of the sound system’s name, as well as a large Flava Unit banner of the type seen largely at stage shows held aloft in the venue.
The dub-for-dub round also went to Flava Unit, handing Bredda Hype the group’s second loss of the tournament, though much credit should go to the team for an impressive showing.
Patrons live the At Conroy Samuels’ birthday bash
Life of a Star at High House, in Old Harbour, St Catherine, recently.A plethora of big-ups belted over the microphone constantly as one of St Catherine’s biggest promoters, Conroy Samuels, celebrated another milestone on earth at his third annual birthday event held at High House in Old Harbour, St Catherine, recently.
Not that it was a detractor; it was actually one of high points of the event, and for Samuels, who would have felt honored hearing so many well wishes at a rapid pace.
The rains came sporadically, testing the mettle of what seemed to be loyal patrons determined to have a good time. The rains could not breach their resilience so it was up to selectors Gary Chucks, Mad Ras, Richie Feelings, Chub and Fire Wayne to repay their loyalty with quality entertainment.
None of the four aforementioned selectors failed at their responsibilities as, with an eager-to-be-thrilled audience, they created an atmosphere of fun and frolic which later went into complete frenzy.
The party was dubbed Life of a Star and as such, it challenged the patrons to attire at their elegant best or most other cases, raunchiest.
Right after the early-morning drizzle, deejay Deablo, a protégé to Aidonia, delivered a brief yet entertaining performance. Samuels, who founded Overdose Entertainment, said he could not have asked for a better outcome of the event.
“I am very pleased and I must heartily thank all those who stayed when the rain began. Everything went according to plan and I am already thinking of bettering this, come next year,” he said.
Anthony Clarke, 2012 Tastee winner. – ContributedThe journey began in March with the first of four auditions interspersed with four road shows ending in September.
Since then, the 32 selectees have been undergoing intense grooming sessions in Montego Bay and Kingston, aimed at honing their talents for Thursday’s semi-finals at the Tastee car park, Cross Roads.
Contestants will showcase their talents before judges Queen Ifrica, Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper and Kerry-Ann Lawrence, this, with a view of making it into the December 12 grand finals.
The winner is set to take home $1 million, second place $500,000 and third place $150,000.
Sponsored this year by Tastee, Pepsi, T- Shirt Express and Kosmo Tours, the 34-year-old talent contest is noted for outstanding semi-final and grand-final performances.
Based on improvements made since grooming commenced on September 16, the judges will be hard-pressed to eliminate over 20 persons, in order to get the top 10 for December’s grand finals.
The semi-finals will begin at 5:30 p.m., with giveaways by MC Elva, while the competition is set to begin at 6 p.m.