It is that time of the year when Grammy’s Awards nominations are back with their related arguments and celebrations. Despite the fact that some of the greatest artists, are missing from the Reggae category - which has made the fans very disappointed - Jamaican music lovers are still surprised and happy with the nomination of the young singer Devin Di Dakta, for the "Best Reggae Album of the Year" with his debut EP "Reggae For Her", produced by Sly & Robbie. While waiting for the new album produced by South Trade Records, let’s have a talk with this rising star..
"Dancehall" is literally the name referred to those physical places in Jamaica, which were known, since 50’s, as places where it was possible to dance and listen to some music played by different selectors through huge speakers called "Sound System". As the years went by and thanks to evolution of this socio-cultural phenomenon, the name "Dancehall" has started to indicate a certain type of dance and music..
Even if during 2016 the Mobay Intl Dhq Contest, the usual show dedicated to the dancehall queen style, had not taken place in Jamaica (read here) there have been several competitions all over Europe. One of these events was held on last December 10th, in Rome, Italy: the first edition of “Queens on top”, where fourteen of the best Italian dancers challenged against each other to win the title of “Italy Dhq 2017” and the possibility to officially represent our country in the upcoming European Dancehall Queen Contest..
Talking about females dancehall artists, 2017 is surely the year of one of the most interesting and fascinating music talents. She is currently the best artist from Romeich Records who has literally done “double six like Loodi”. We are talking about the beautiful Shenseea. She first broke out into the music industry in 2016 with her hit “Jiggle Jiggle”; then she went viral with her hit song “Loodi.” feat Vybz Kartel. The song received over one million hits on YouTube within the first week of its release and now it is counting near to 10.000.000 views..
“Dancehall” intended as both music genre and dance, is, nowadays, the results of a big evolution of sounds and steps. The first era of dancehall is called “old school” which starts around 80’s with the dancer Bogle who was one of famous veterans who laid the foundation of the steps for this dance. With the arrival of 2000, there was a change in the music rhythm that enriched with sounds and effects, so famous dancers such as John Hipe, started to create new moves and steps, with a different flow, more energetic and faster than “old school” moves...