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Beenie Man, Bounty Killa Rep For The Culture, In Epic VERZUZ Clash.

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Caribbean Culture, and more specifically Jamaican culture has made it onto the world stage amid a global outcry for normalcy, as the effects of COVID-19 remain in news headlines globally. Jamaican dancehall superheroes, Bounty Killa and Beenie Man held their own on Saturday night, giving fans of reggae and dancehall and further to that, Caribbean culture, the truest taste of the most authentic dub stand off, they’ve seen in years.

Clashes of the 90’s era came with much lyrical ammunition and while Saturday night’s setting was a far cry from what most of that era may have been used to, a peaceful, well executed dancehall clash unraveled just after 8pm on VERZUZtv’s Instagram Live platform. Over 400,000 people tuned in to see a couple of Jamaica’s finest going head to head in what has since been dubbed the most engaging virtual showdown.

Both Rihanna and Buju Banton were spotted in the LIVE viewing the epic clash.

Beenie Man and Bounty Killa drew an audience of high caliber celebrities from the US, among them, P Diddy, Ashanti, Rihanna, Ludacris, Erykah Badu, actress Gabrielle Union, regionally acclaimed and internationally loved stars like Konshens, Spice, Popcaan and Buju Banton, among countless others. The platform, created by US producers, Timbaland and Swizz Beats offered fans and celebrities alike a show like no other and with over 1 million followers on the Verzuztv platform itself, the mileage post event will likely be invaluable.

Today, one media house reminded fans of the fact that both Beenie Man and Bounty Killa have been banned from the US, having been denied visas to enter the North American country. It was urged that dialogue on the issue should now be given precedence, something that would allow both artistes to push Jamaica’s dancehall culture to millions around the world. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness was undeniably proud of his countrymen, the leader tweeting favourably about the icons.

 

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Zess Producer, DNyce Nation Unleashes the Unthinkable. Could Others Follow?

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Known for his involvement in the Zess music fraternity in Trinidad and Tobago, producer DNyce of DNyce Nation has made us look, unleashing something far from the norm, and proving his ability to masterfully go beyond the typical. He sings on the single, collaborated on with none other than multiple title holder, Shurwayne Winchester- something he says, is a first for him. What’s funny is, his first vocal effort, is pretty extraordinary.

D Nyce believes the Zess style can reach far, but appealed for all involved to be mindful of the need for the music to be commercially viable.

Speaking with Ebuzztt following the release of “Ring De Bell”, DNyce, who’s real name is Dike David Pererria, said the song came from a place of gratitude. He explained that his single with Shurwanyne sits on the Colours Riddim and features several other artistes, among them, Potential Kid, Ace Boss and Vice, Bass, Skem and Melick. “It’s an honour to be able to sing alongside such a great artist like Shurwayne himself and it’s an honour to be able to produce a song like this,” said the young producer. He noted that the track was meant for Shurwayne and he had no intention of singing on it however, upon realising a need for a second voice, he offered to give it a try. “The song really came about due to me being so grateful and so happy about life itself and knowing that I am blessed with the opportunity to still have something to do, knowing that there are other people who aren’t as fortunate,” he said. DNyce acknowledged the support given by Shurwayne over time, saying, “Shurwayne being a person who has taught me so many things in terms of the music industry and how to go forward with my business, I couldn’t think of anybody else to sing something like this.”

The single encapsulates the concepts of spirituality and life; “It connects both life and God in one song,” said the writer and producer. Speaking on the Zess movement, he made it clear that it is not a new genre but rather, something created by Trinidad and Tobago, that he believes, once packaged properly, could have global impact. “A lot of the new acts coming up, I’m behind,” he admitted, noting that Zess is a new style of Caribbean music, that has originated from T&T. “It’s a taste of Soca with a branch of dancehall,” he clarified, adding, “I know where I can see this style going- I know what I see and what my passion when it comes to the production of the sound is, the whole happy side of the Zess thing. I can see that reaching very far as a new style of our music; I believe it can reach global markets but yet, we still have the negative side so while I can see it going global, I can only hope that the other artistes that support the style, turn their direction into a more commercial side of things.”

DNyce told EBUZZTT that this single is one of the most positive singles delivered out of the Zess style. “For the 90% of the time that T&T’s dancehall has been getting a hearing, the radio stations and the people in charge have only been promoting the negative side of the movement,” he said, going on to say, “This is one of the most positive crossovers ever to be created within the whole Zess forum. I’m not saying that there haven’t been positive songs before that have gotten a hearing but this is something that a lot of people have been trying to do, which is to make the whole cross between the Soca and the Zess. I feel this is one of the real openings that could affect these young people’s lives not just by telling them what’s the right thing to do, but by giving it to them in a way that they can enjoy.”

“This is one of the most connecting songs of the last three years. It has connected life and God in one message.”

DNyce

A part of the music and production business for over 15 years, the DNyce Nation boss told us that he had to move his business from his home in St. Barbs, Laventille, to Belmont, noting that many artistes refused to enter Laventille, to work at his studio. “I had to use Belmont as my address for artistes to be attracted to come to the studio. For years it was a fight. I was unable to reach where I wanted to reach because nobody wasn’t coming to me so I really can’t forget Belmont,” he said. Confronting his truth, the young producer lamented that Laventille- his home, remains a crime hot spot, something that saddens him. “Being born and raised in a high risk, crime riddled community, I had to move my business to attract my clientele. I hope and pray for change one day.”

DNyce Nation is now located at SW Limited, Darceuil Lane, Arima.

‘Ring De Bell’ has been unleashed, complete with a video. Be sure to check it out below.

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Nessa Preppy Brings Her Virtual Vibe Just Before Further Covid Restrictions Are Imposed.

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As the entertainment fraternity continues to feel the pinch of the Covid-19 restrictions, artistes are doing whatever they can to keep the fire blazing. This week, government in Trinidad and Tobago announced the re-introduction of harsher restrictions as a result of increased Covid-19 cases and deaths. The implications for the arts and culture industry, are undoubtedly exacerbated as a result.

On Tuesday, Nessa Preppy – one of Trinidad and Tobago’s female trendsetters in music, delivered her first virtual event dubbed, ‘The Art of Flex.’ The event mimicked her recently released studio album of the same name. Friends invited to take the stage with the young, Trinbago native included Salty, Patrice Roberts, Preedy, Jahllano, Christo, Rheon Elbourne, Zerimar, Dev and Ricardo Drue.

The virtual bar already set some months ago by Nadia Batson when she delivered her ‘Artform 3″ virtual event, Nessa followed with a template that, while tweaked to suit her style, engaged online audiences pretty well. An element of authenticity that brought a different vibe to Nessa’s showcase was her one on one talk segments where she gave some insight into her views about her fellow artistes, much of the time, boosting their credibility in the music biz.

If you missed the showcase on Tuesday, here it is!

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