There’s nothing in the least bit entertaining about the Covid-19 pandemic. In fact, Covid’s gotten the best of every person involved in the entertainment industry and they’ve got the stories to tell it. Tonight, at 7pm, some of those very vivid and emotional stories are going to be told – even the ones that led to death.
Urban radio personality and influencer, Smooth of Boomchampions 94.1FM said he was diagnosed with Covid-19 and it was an experience he wishes on no none. He also lost an aunt. Together with others in entertainment, Smooth and Nestle Nutri-GO- a brand he’s endorsed by, begin the journey to recovery, accepting the truth of the past year and four months, while excitedly prepping for the return, post pandemic.
Nestle Nutri-Go is this time around, challenging others, even those outside the entertainment biz, to be an inspiration and to motivate those around them. They’re dishing out an honest campaign – launching at 7pm tonight on social media, and featuring the true stories of people like Smooth, boat ride boss, Kevon X who’s a voice at urban radio station, RED 96.7FM, Anthony Claxton from the very popular, Krew Kutz barbershop, Ainka Williams who’s an extremely popular face in entertainment, working at TTT and Next 99.1FM, among other awesome influencers. The campaign will feature these various influencers in separate posts each Tuesday, through the end of July, with a bonus feature that spotlights entertainer, Nessa Preppy.
The idea is to basically get us all back in gear – shifting focus from the negatives that exasperated everyone over the past year, and looking toward the possibilities that lie in wait. Like the Nestle Nutrigo brand’s hashtags, #KeepGoing and #GetBackOnTheGo, they’re reinvigorating the mental mindset, and what better way to do that, than to show us all that no one was spared from the truth of the pandemic – not even those you may have thought were just fine!
“With this particular project I realized the company and the brand truly care about the people they’re selling their product to. They are actually showing that they really, really care about the people, especially during this time, with the pandemic,” said Smooth in a chat with us. He said he got very real in executing this campaign, highlighting that both he and his wife were diagnosed with Covid-19. “I just hope people really listen to what I said and start being responsible. There are still so many people being irresponsible. It’s a really serious thing,” he said.
Smooth lost one of his aunts to Covid-19 and while that was devastating for him personally, he said he’s truly concerned about the thousands of people who’ve been under tremendous financial strain over the past 16 months. He’s not the only one.
Tasked with coming up with the right message for this effort by Nestle and its NutriGo brand, the creative team sought to highlight these people Smooth spoke about, in the realest possible way. They wanted to send a clear message that nobody is alone during this time.
The three-part visual campaign will deliver a rollercoaster of emotions, according to the creative unit. “We had to work in a very controlled environment because of the pandemic. We couldn’t go out and speak with the man on the street like we would’ve wanted to. We thought that maybe stripping off a couple layers of the people who may be seen as invincible- seen as influential, could bring that sense of real- and one word to describe the NutriGo brand is real.”
The realness of #GetBackOnTheGo – an effort by NutriGo, will quite possibly show everyone, no matter who they are, where they’re located, and what their circumstances are, that they form part of a whole that if united, can and will be strong again in the weeks and months ahead.
Buju Brings the ‘Summer Bubbler’. Entertains Fans Online. VIDEO INSIDE.
New music now making the rounds, reggae and dancehall heavyweight, Buju Banton stays focused and happy at home in Jamaica, delivering to fans worldwide, pieces of himself via online platforms like Instagram. On Wednesday, on the heels of news that he’d unleashed a brand new summer bubbler with the ladies in mind, Gargamel solidified the promotion of the track with a mini concert that engaged fans from as far as Ghana.
It’s been almost two years since Buju’s career, like that of many other Caribbean artistes, has been halted- with no major concert events being planned. He appeared alongside Beres Hammond on a virtual stage in February this year, but of course, that was nothing like a live show would be. Still, Buju’s creativity remains powerful and present.
The latest single, “Summer Body”, is aimed at offering fans a little fun and enjoyment, according to the artist. In a statement, the song is described as one that borrows signature sounds from the 90s reggae/dancehall era and features Buju’s quintessential deejay style over a hardcore Dancehall riddim. The song was produced by Buju himself, alongside dancehall staple Jon Jon. According to Buju’s team, the new release encourages fans to celebrate life, remove doubt and any sense of restriction from their minds.
On Wednesday, as he engaged fans on his Instagram live, Buju smiled happily, singing his new release and even belting out familiar tunes from the past. Take a look at how that went down…
Shenseea’s New Video “Run, Run” Bashed As “Demonic.” Rvssian Retorts.
In just five days, Shenseea’s latest music video, “Run Run” has been streamed over 2.4 million times on YouTube. Whether that’s fueled by criticism over the “demonic” imagery of the video, as some call it, or just plain curiosity and fan loyalty, we’re uncertain, but 2.4 million streams in a week, is big news.
Earlier this month, Shenseea announced her new management alignment with Canadian, music exec, Wassim ‘Sal’ Slaiby. In an Instagram post, the Jamaican artist who had previously been managed by Romeich Major, said she was happy to now have a manager with “such dynamic character on my team.” Shen alluded to big moves ahead, saying, “we’re about to unfold a new chapter.”
Just a few days later, a promotional video was posted to her IG, showing what was on the way. The video for “Run Run” portrayed visuals that leaned more toward the international trends seen in videos like Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s “WAP” and Lil Nas X’s “Montero” music videos. Some fans dug in after the video’s release on Friday. “Omg, I’m so sorry for Shenseea… she don’t know what she’s getting into,” one person wrote on YouTube. Another said, “We need more music videos with artists ascending into Heaven, normalize ascending instead of descending into hell.” Some even posted prayers for their Jamaican dancehall sweetheart.
The new single is the first track off of Shen’s debut album. On the weekend, Shenseea posted a scene that showed her being lowered into what one can only assume is “hell.” She wore bull horns in the excerpt. She told fans this was her favorite scene.
In response to comments against the visual creativity, producer Rvssian took to Twitter. “They say people sell them soul. But how much do these type of things go for? 😂 and is a store or what? Mi confuse😂😂” he retorted. He continued by saying that he praises God and has given all his success and credit to Him, lashing out at critics with biblical reference, saying, “The Bible say Matthew 7 – do not judge…do you know the rest? But you guys are more holy than we are- look into ya self.”
His response was quite similar to one given by incarcerated dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel who was asked about allegations that he had sold his soul for fame, by On Stage host, Winford Williams, prior to his incarceration.
HERE’S SHENSEEA’S “RUN RUN” VIDEO
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