February 4, 2014
Good showing from Castle Blue
Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
As Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall went into the second week of live shows, there were generally good performances from the contestants in Castle Blue.
At the show that was held at D' Entrance on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew, on Saturday, 14 contestants tried their best to entertain those in attendance.
The show started with singer Queen Ital, whose strong voice was loved by the judges.
"She is a singer, but she bad. Mi love da chorus deh," said Skatta, with guest judge Emprezz applauding her soulfulness.
Meanwhile, Bro Falcon, who sounded similar to Jah Vinci, was loved by the crowd. He was followed by a female deejay Miko, who Professor Nuts said was really energetic. "Keep up that performance and you will reach far," he said.
Dario Ice came next and was spitting fast lyrics about former contestants. He was big on crowd interaction and had the audience moving when he spoke about trying out for the competition every year since it started seven years ago.
"Da bredda ya do him research, it obvious. Nutten nuh better than an artiste weh come in character," Skatta said.
Emprezz also liked Dario Ice, but she was not as impressed with Sexylus who she said started out weak but improved in the chorus.
Sexylus made way for Status, the son of dancehall artiste Mega Banton. He made the crowd erupt to the sound of his big voice.
"To me, the competition just start. Your voice, lyrics and everything. You have the makings of a real star," Skatta said.
But Sim Sim was marked down by Emprezz for her thin voice, despite having strong lyrics. She was, however, completely impressed with Kaama.
"We need more lyrics like that in dancehall. I think you have so much potential. Skatta, would you record him? Cause I like him," she said.
Shanti Q followed with a song about teenage pregnancy that was quite lyrical, but her voice wasn't as impressive.
Defrence came next and was generally liked.
Deejay Candy Price was urged to slow down her lyrics so the audience could hear her. Luckily, Stayne did not have such a problem and was well-received.
Despite some of the average performances that came earlier, deejay duo Storm and Attitude entertained with their song Straight A Clash, and definitely made a mark on the audience.
"You can take some women out of the dancehall and just run di ting," Emprezz said.
Professor Nuts added, "You are the best, this is the bomb. Mi love see the war and unuh ready fi di war."
The final contestant for the evening, Krushal, also did well.
"I love your variation and your lyrics," Professor Nuts said, while Skatta was speechless for the most part.