The organizers of the annual carnival celebration in Jamaica, have now made it official; there will be no mas for 2020!
Based on one of the current covid-19 protocol in effect on the island, which prohibits gathering of more than 15 persons in public, they have no choice but to postpone the event. That being said, the next carnival will be held in early April in the year 2021.
On Saturday, August 1st, starting at 9:00 PM UTC, Zoom iN will host the Spicemas Edition of Summer Of Soca. The event, which will stream live online, will feature several selectors, as well as a main performer.
Some of the names that they have confirmed are: Walshy Fire, Travis World, Jugglerz, DJ Spice, Hollywood HP, Soca Twins, Fabi Benz, Rockstone, Mastah K and DJ Sir SoundCham. Soca star Shurwayne Winchester is the headlining act.
On Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th, TD will present the 2020 Grace Jerk Festival in a digital format. They have confirmed international acts Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Jah Cure and Lila Iké; and all the aforementioned will be supported by various local artists.
Additionally, this year’s event will be hosted by Majah Hype, Jay Martin and others. For more information visit: jerkfestival dot ca.
As we are all trying to get back to our new normal, many artists are sharing projects they’ve been working on during the lockdown. One such artist is New York based performer E.G. who is active in both the dancehall and soca genres.
In November 2019, E.G. released “Tek Time,” a hardcore soca record that was produced by Twist (from Brooklyn). He is now sharing and promoting the official video for that track. The visuals, which were uploaded to E.G.‘s YouTube channel a couple days ago, were shot in Brooklyn, New York by the QualityWrkz Film crew.
Fans and supporters of Mr. Killa – also known as Hollice Mapp – are seeing a different side of the artist, in his latest release “We Want Justice.” The record, which is a Caribbean / hip-hop crossover, is all about the current racial tension being felt all over world.