U.S. RAPPER EVE TO BE HONORED IN JAMAICA – SET TO PERFORM WITH DANCEHALL QUEEN LADY SAW
Hip-hop rapper, actress and successful designer Eve will be one of three international stars including TRINA and Jamerican comedian Rayzor who are confirmed to perform at the glitzy Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.
Eve, who broke on the rap scene in the 1990’s, was a key member of the seminal rap squad Ruff Ryders. Anchored by chart-topping singles like “Gotta Man” and “Love Is Blind,” her debut album “Let There Be” garnered huge urban radio play and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) double platinum success. Her sophomore release Scorpion also went platinum, while garnering her crossover appeal with the Grammy Award winning hit “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring Gwen Stefani. She is currently in studios recording tracks for her forthcoming album which will hit stores soon. In 2002 she made her silver screen debut in Vin Diesel’s action blockbuster XXX and landed an even bigger role in Ice Cube’s Barbershop. Her clothing line “Fetish” is a contemporary sportswear collection, that includes leather jackets, oversize sweaters, denim jeans and logo t-shirts.
The hip hop queen who in 2007 collaborated with Sean Paul on the reggae-tinged single “Give It To You,” came knocking on reggae’s door again in 2010, recording another successful collaboration with Dancehall Diva Lady Saw – “He’s at My House,” from Saw’s album “My Way.” The two female acts are expected to up the anti with a highly anticipated performance at the EME Awards in Kingston. It is the very first time they will perform their collaboration live and Saw can’t wait.
“I feel extremely excited about performing with Eve. We have been good friends for a while now. She loves Jamaica and is looking forward to performing with me at the EME Awards” Saw said.
Eve’s love affair with Jamaica was cemented from as far back as December 1999 when she joined Erykah Badu, Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah and The Marley family at the beautiful James Bond Beach for a special performance at the ‘One Love – The Bob Marley All Star Tribute’ Concert that was filmed in Jamaica and later rebroadcast on TNT Network in the USA. Aside from performing at the EME Awards, Eve will be inducted as an “International Friend of Reggae” and will be recognised for her collaboration with Lady Saw which is currently blowing up in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.
The 2011 Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards will recognize the top reggae performers in approximately 30 award categories. Winners will be determined based on their performance on The Weekly Jamaica Music Countdown (Charts), votes via texts and votes at the website www.emeawards.com. Sponsors include Energy Beat Ltd, CVM TV, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Zojak Worldwide, HOT 102 FM, Starlight Productions, , Grafton Music and Entertainment Konnections.