Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Finalists – Mo’Bay, Portmore & Ocho Rios contestants
Montego Bay Prince: Medal Tally
Montego Bay Princess: Sasha-Lee
Montego Bay Princess: T-Gee
Nazine entered the All Together Sing school choir competition on TVJ in 2007 to satisfy the growing passion for music that developed within him from grade 8 at Bog Walk High School. He was however not satisfied and with the encouragement of teachers and peers he decided to enter this year’s competition. His peers said his voice had a melody that was suitable for a music career. While it is different being a sing-jay versus a choir member Nazine believes that every experience for an artiste is a new opportunity to grow. “The experience is different, I savour every moment of it and recognize the great opportunity I have” Says the confident sing-jay.
Question was a Beyonce R&B hit song but Jody Miller penned her own version to ask young persons ‘living on the edge’ how they want to be remembered and what they want for themselves. The sing-jay belts out lines like, “do you wanna be a shaded memory?do you want to be read in a newspaper.” The Hellshire Park resident reveals, “I sing about reality and that is the reality around me”. She continues: “I don’t see myself writing explicit songs but more of uplifting songs”. Jody Miller, who played the violin while in high school, says she feels a connection with Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall because it allows her to express herself and reveal her talent.
Persistence is essential according to Latty. She believes that artistes need to constantly be working on their talent, especially if they want to succeed. It wasn’t strange then that after she missed out on being selected as on of the top candidates from the May Pen audition that Latty Fabulous again auditioned in Portmore; moving one step closer to success. Writing her own songs, Latty Fabulous prides herself on being a song writing machine and one out to create a big effect on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. Her friends are also confident that if she does not emerge victor someone must see her and want to work with her.
Groups are in every genre of music and dancehall is no exception. Gangsta Wasp, Medallion and Crazy Kid are celebrated as the only group so far to make it to the Live Show round; they are doing so under the name Triple Threat. The young group has been together since 2005 but have a strange tale of how they got together for Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. “I auditioned in May Pen and was turned down, Medallion went to Portmore and Montego Bay, and Crazy Kid went to May Pen, Portmore and Montego Bay and they too got turn down, we then decided that we would go as a group to Ocho Rios and that’s how we made it to the final round” said Gangsta Wasp. Medallion who hails from St. Catherine revealed, “It is like a dream come through, we work very hard and dedicate a lot of time to our music, we won’t disappoint.”
Songwriter and sing-jay Destiny admits that she loves music and that her music icon in the industry is Lady Saw. Coming from a musical family and with years of experience there was no surprise that she would blow away voters and cop one of the spots from the Ocho Rios audition with her original song, Goodas Gal . “I’m looking to Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall most of all for the exposure,” beamed Destiny. She continued: “I have this fear of performing on stage, so I’m seeing this competition helping me to overcome that fear”.
With lyrical prowess and style, Sexy K started singing in the church at 6 years-old. She still recalls the songs that she used to croon. Maturing in the choir and delivering acts while at her past high school in Oracabessa, she has grown into the capable deejay. Like the boys she was never afraid to belt out a chorus or an entire song at lunch or break time; when she wetted the appetites of her friends. She confirms: “I have exciting dreams about the music business and entertainment, so I will make use of this opportunity to enhance my career“.