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I have come to the shocking reality that many of the sound  industry’s veteran  players have lost their touch.  I say this not to be mean or insensitive to the fact that they have aged.  Rather, I mention this in defense of today’s generation of sounds/selectors, who are often criticized by those who were ‘Kings’ of their craft.

Our recent staging of REEEWIND was a huge eye opener for me.   What I realized was sad!  Some, not all, of the industry’s greats don’t have a clue of what it takes to entertain today’s dancehall audience.  They seem to be lost in their greatness and the past.  Many of them either don’t remember their craft or are simply trying to perform like they are young.  REEEWIND is a vintage affair!  It’s staging is centered on honoring the industry’s icons and educating the younger generation on the basic essentials of dancehall culture.   The event’s purpose is for ALL artists and/or selectors to play and perform like in the days of old, a rule that was broken by both Danny Dread of King Addies and Ilawi of Jah Love.

Neither of these two icons made an impact at this year’s event.  Danny Dread, one of the industry’s most achieved selectors, brought the young members of King Addies on stage to help him play!  Why!!?  How did that give the patrons an understanding of why he is so famous? SMH!   Danny Dread is noted as the selector who invented the live mix.  He used to use the volume control on a sound to mix down the bass line of the riddim while the artist performed live.  It enhanced the performance and gave the crowd a huge vibe.  The impact of what he created was so powerful that selectors/sound owners still do it today.  Would you believe that Danny Dread did not mix down one artist at REEEWIND?  “KING” Yellowman and Michigan and Smiley performed live on Addies and he did NOT mix down one person.  Instead, Addies played new music, which should not have been featured at a REEEWIND event.  Danny Dread also allowed the young members of Addies to talk on the mic.  Why?!  People came to see the legendary Danny Dread. And what he did was a disappointment.

Ilawi of Jah Love ..smh!  I thought he would have been more prepared for the REEEWIND stage!  He missed REEEWIND two years ago due to illness.  So, I really thought he was going to come hard, especially when he called and requested a set of turntables.  I thought for sure he was going to give the massive some real hardcore Jah Love selections.  Ilawi ended up playing less than 10 records total.  His selections were all over the place.  In fact, he played Jah Love’s theme song (“Warning”) twice…once in the first round then again in the second round..SMH!    Sister Nancy performed on Jah Love and trust me, at one point I felt sorry for her.  You could clearly see the disconnect between her and Ilawi.  If Briggy never walked out on the stage when he did, poor Sister Nancy would have flopped because of how Ilawi was playing.

Many of you maybe willing to give our veterans a pass, but not me!  David Rodigan is 60+  years old and he can still deliver.   URoy is 72 years old and he can still deliver.  The fact of the matter is some of our icons are living on their name alone.  They are not practicing!  They are not taking their careers seriously.  All they are doing is sitting and waiting for promoters to book them and to be praised for what they contributed years ago.  Please don’t view what I am saying as disrespectful because I love and respect our icons and vintage dancehall contributers.   Danny Dread, Ilawi and others MUST be respected for their work.  Never-the-less, I still think that any veteran/icon that is NO longer interested in presenting their craft the proper way should just stop doing shows.  In the long run, failure to deliver great performances will only decrease their due respect.

 

 

 

 

 

Chin
Author: Chin
I am Chin

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0 #1 cornmeal porridge 2013-11-18 17:13
Well chin u are never afraid to speak your mind...TUFF LOVE that's what's its called
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0 #2 cornmeal porridge 2013-11-18 17:14
Fada Chin go easy pon di old yutes...
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0 #3 kmt 2013-11-18 17:15
Chin as promoter i hope u did tell the selectors what was expected caus eu cant blame dem if u never instruct them well
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0 #4 sound fi dead 2013-11-18 17:16
u seem hard to please but mi get you point still
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0 #5 Andrew Newman 2013-11-18 21:58
Chin with all due respect, you should have told Danny dread what era selections, you were looking for whether its Papa roots, Volcano, Sturmars, don't just expect them to know what to do, in the future have a sit down and explain what you expect, you're the promoter don't just blast them, take some responsibility plus we as the patrons are still waiting for an explanation for Josie not showing up, You cant just tell us you don't want to put his business out there, as a promoter you owe us that explanation so take some scolding like how you're scolding the selectors, we don't read minds and I'm sure the selectors don't but take it as a learning experience so the future shows will be greater you're improving with time.
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0 #6 dee 2013-11-19 05:44
BOTH DANNY DREAD AND I LAWIE NEVER SPOKE ON THEIR RESPECTIVE SOUNDSYSTEMS,TH EY JUST SELECTED AND MIXED DOWN THE ARTISTS,MAYBE IN 2013 IT WAS ASKING A BIT MUCH FOR THESE TWO GUYS TO SELECT AND TALK LIVE,DANNY DREAD MORE COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH A MIC MAN AND ONLY SPOKE THE ODD WORD WHEN WORKING WITH BABYFACE ON KING ADDIES,BACK IN THE DAY, NEVER HEARD I LAWIE SPEAK ON JAHLOVE BEFORE IN ALL THESE YEARS.
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0 #7 IMOET 2013-11-19 09:01
As a hardcore dancehall fan the title of this dance did not require a discussion with the selectors, the DJ's didn't have to be told what lyrics to spit. Too much DJ's and selectors living off name and past hype, demanding exorbitant fees and providing lack luster performances.
Mr. Chin shed some light on the Kernels no show, you owe us the patrons an explanation just like how there was a huge hype about is return. Thi should have been posted before this review.
What is the name of the sound system/selector that you will be managing, still waiting the grand announcement
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-1 #8 Oliva 2013-11-19 13:05
Chin if you are going to address the highs and lows of Reewind you definitely need to say something about Josey Wales non-showing. It's all good when you can say what you were dissatisfied with as a promoter but as patrons need to know what's the story behind Josey's absence even though it was a good show.
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0 #9 OH OH 2013-11-24 13:29
Di man say he cannot speak on josey then it must be a very sensitive matter, unnu nah go pay fi him lawsuit if he does to please you all, chin always upfront so it must be a good reason
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0 #10 Phonixmusic 2013-11-27 18:43
It pains me to say this because I respect the works that these selectors have done over the years, however I must agree with you Chin. I'm very surprised that a selector of Danny Dreads calibre and status brought the youngsters from Addies to help him out, it doesn't make sense! The dance was nicely set up and promoted as an 80s throwback event, so why not just do what you did in the 80s? That's what people paid their money to see/hear.

As for Ilawi, (and I'm not trying to make an excuse for him here), maybe he needed to get a few dances under his belt in the run up to Reeewind to get himself used to playing in front of crowds again.

The reason U Roy can still deliver at his age is because he has never stopped. Sturgav is still a working functioning sound system an as such never lost touch with the dancehall crowd. He may not be at every Sturgav dance but he makes sure he attends enough to keep himself in touch with what's happening. Sturgav play to vintage dancehall crowds all the time, so know exactly what that type of crowd wants to hear.

If Ilawi is serious about getting back into the game, he needs to take Jah Love on the road and play some vintage dances to re acquaint himself with the people.

Just my 2 cents....
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0 #11 realtalk76 2013-12-08 13:42
Lol most of the reewind dance dem selectors dont mix down or they play da same riddims big up u -Roy dj roy flopped too nothing is wrong if danny dread bring da youth wid him fi play di sound but they need to be taught about those days before playing in dance i could have brought my laptop and shell down reewind with music mix down and riddim i dont even think one bob marley played dat night lol i was suprised when addies play jah bouks
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0 #12 realtalk76 2013-12-08 13:45
How can you have briggy inna di place and di general riddim nah play
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0 #13 Phonixmusic 2014-01-14 02:04
To be fair, during the 80s very few sounds would play Bob Marley or Peter Tosh for that matter in a dance. Only Bunny was being played in the early 80s with tunes like 'Cool Runnings', 'Galang So' and 'Collie Man'. I agree that certain songs, artists and riddims that you would expect to hear at a Rub A Dub dance weren't played. There was nothing wrong with bringing the Addies youths along to the dance for them to learn how dance used to run in those days, however Danny Dread didn't fullfil his role as their mentor/teacher. Where were the classic selections or the live mixing down of th Deejays? Some of General Trees lyrics especially were crying out for a live mix.
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