Backstage buzz from Sumfest
WHILE at Reggae Sumfest, TEENage took time out to have some quick words with some of the acts that performed at the festival. Artistes like Romain Virgo and Tommy Lee were asked how they felt while performing on Dancehall Night for the first time.
In addition, Konshens told us about performing on Dancehall Night during his arguably most popular year as an artiste.
Romain Virgo received an overwhelming response from a dancehall-oriented crowd with his roots reggae music. His humble reaction to this feat was "It's a joy to see the reception knowing that I'm not known for dancehall music".
In addition, he told TEENage that for the rest of the year he will be promoting his sophomore effort The System through more touring and videos. His tour stops include the recently concluded Reggae On The River Festival in California, The Cayman Islands, St Maartin, Guyana, and for the first time England, Kenya and Japan.
Also, TEENage readers are to look out for videos for his singles Don't You Remember (an Adele cover), and Fired Up Inside, which Virgo describes as a "song for the ladies."
In response to his resounding reception from his hometown crowd, Tommy Lee modestly said that "It feels great. I can see that the people came out to enjoy themselves, and the artistes dem perform good."
Tommy Lee also gave TEENage the heads up to look for videos for his singles Tom & Jerry and Gal Yuh Eva Clean, both UIM productions.
Konshens is one of the standout artistes for 2012, and as expected, delivered a solid performance. He told TEENage that in comparison to his performance last year, this time around he focused on: "More songs that the people know as opposed to trying to introduce new songs."
Additionally, when asked what's next from the fast rising artiste, he noted "Non-stop music, because as I live in the studio."
Furthermore, with Konshens having a plethora of hit singles at the moment, we posed to him if his new singles are in anticipation of a new album release.
"Normally when I do an album, it's never just a compilation of the singles, but always geared towards a concept. So if at the time when I'm ready to an album, these singles are matching whatever concept I choose, they will be on it."
During International Night 1 and 2, TEENage spoke to several artistes about performing on Reggae Sumfest Stage for the first or second time respectively. Also, we were able to get the views on Jamaica 50th from artistes including Christopher Martin, Tarrus Riley, and Damian Marley.
Bahamian pop princess described her Reggae Sumfest debut by saying "I have never even been to Jamaica, so coming down here for the first time and performing was amazing."
"Honestly, it was a bit nerve-wracking just going on the stage. But once I got on the stage and started the performance I realised that the crowd was loving it and that eliminated the pressure."
"It was a great experience. It was Sumfest 20th anniversary and Jamaica 50th so it was an honour to be on stage." Conkarah also told TEENage readers that he is currently engaged in promoting his latest single No Barbershop and that described his upcoming singles Sweet Lover Lover and Remember the Days as having an "International flair, but still keeping the reggae alive".
"It was an amazing feeling, and I had to show that by going out with the confidence and delivering. The crowd reception was great and so I'm happy."
When speaking of his sophomore appearance to the Reggae Sumfest stage, Jedani stated that "This year there was a little bit more crowd and a little bit more energy, maybe because it is Jamaica 50th." He also told TEENage readers to look out for the video release for his single Victory and a video medly for the songs The Way You Move/Need You love.
When asked what Jamaica 50th means to him, Christopher Martin asserted that "It means strength, it means endurance for us as a people. For 50 years we have been making our own decisions. It means a level of prosperity and it feels great to be a part of an independent nation."
Plus, the reggae crooner wants TEENage Readers to look out for his singles Step Up produced by the legendary Robert Livingston, videos for his singles Mama, and Na Na Na produced by Justus Arison, and also the release of his second album entitled Not the First, Not the Last, this winter.
Contemporary conscious music deliver Protoje described his second time performing on Reggae Sumfest as having "a good vibes" and that "We give thanks every time we get to perform in front of Jamaica people."
When asked about his views towards Jamaica 50th, Protoje stated that he has "mixed feelings about it, as "I give thanks, but at the same time I know that we have a lot more work to do before we can be a truly independent nation."
TEENage readers can look out for videos for his songs This Is Not a Marijuana Song and Evil Display. Also, his sophomore release 8 Year Affair will be released within three to four months according to Protoje.
A "big deal" is how Tarrus Riley described Jamaica 50th, because "Jamaica is a small country that has so much attention and causes so much great things within history outside Jamaica." Furthering on the topic, Riley enforced however that we as a nation still need to go further as "We really want to be independent, not just on paper."
The reggae superstar told TEENage Readers that the video for his Chimney Records produced single Dream Woman will be out in short order, and that the worldwide release of his current album issued in Europe entitled Mecoustic also.
The "Gongzilla" Damian Marley reflected on Jamaica 50th as being just as important as previous years of independence.
"I guess it's a good thing that we get to highlight it this year and raise some awareness among the younger generation what being independent is really all about, but I couldn't really say that this year in particular is any more important than last year," said Marley.
Damian Marley told TEENage readers that currently he's working on the Ghetto Youths International released Wayne Marshall posse cut Go Hard, that features a myriad of artistes such as Bounty Killer, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, I-Octane, Agent Sasco, and that he himself has "New singles we are about to release in the next few weeks but I rather they speak for themselves."