Honey Jams Barbados 2011 has officially launched! Kicking off the event at Divi Southwinds Hotel founder Ebonnie Rowe says she was proud to present an event which was “more than just a show.”
Honey Jams is an all female multicultural, multigenre artist showcase and the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. It is based on the Honey Jam movement in Canada which boasts Nelly Furtado as their most famous alumna. Back in February, 2011 the concept was first introduced to Barbados titled “ A Taste of Honey Jams” and it was so well received that founder Ebonnie Rowe felt compelled to introduce the full movement to Barbados.
Speaking before a crowd of former participants, aspiring artistes and sponsors, Ms. Rowe called on those at the corporate and governmental level interested in developing a platform for talent irrespective of their musical genre to support the showcase. Making the point that Honey Jams is a showcase and not karaoke, Ms. Rowe encouraged those serious about making a career in the music industry to sign up for the auditions.
Lead vocalist Philip 7 of the band Masala will join soca queen Alison Hinds as a judge for the auditions on October 4th at the Plantation Garden Theatre and the finalists will showcase on the 14th November, also at the Plantation.
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It is now two years since the Hypa Kids made their first entry onto the soca scene. Whilst many of their peers often make their first appearance during the island’s Junior Monarch Competition, this duo’s career has taken a completely different turn. As the youngest offspring of Barbadian entertainer Lil Rick, they were thrust onto the stage with their father at several of the major parties during Barbados’ annual Crop Over season.
Masala concluded the last gig of the U.S college tour with a performance at the Virginia Wesleyan College, in Norfolk Virginia on the 2nd September. The students were treated not only to a brilliant performance by Masala, but also performing at the event was the pioneering band Nexcyx. Both bands treated the students to a diverse range of music including pop, dance, hip hop, R&B, reggae and soca.
Even if you were not one of the several soca lovers at Brewster’s Road on the 18thJune when Lil Rick first performed Jones & Wuk Up, those who were present made sure that no one was left out of the mix. Within seconds of introducing the new single and dance, several audience members could be seen pulling out video recorders, cell phones and any device which bore a video camera which could be used to capture his performance.
Within minutes, several recordings of the performance made its way onto facebook and youtube and talk of a new dance craze quickly spread across the internet. In less than two months, the video has amassed over 65,000 views. For those of you who haven’t yet figured out either how to Jones, Wuk Up or Jones and Wuk Up we decided to share some videos with you of the dance. After all, the first signs of Jonesing originated in the Pyramid camp with Peter Ramand label mate Lil Rick has now added his own flavour to the already popular dance.