Dec 26, 2016

Freddie McGregor Mad about 2017 Reggae Grammy

Freddie McGregor in the Spot Light
I liked how Freddie McGregor spoke up about the lack of Jamaican influence in the process of nominating and selecting artiste for the Reggae Grammy. Over the years, since 1985 we have seen the Marleys taken the Reggae Grammy Award about 11 times with honorable mentions going to the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear and the great Bunny Wailer, all winning the prestigious award multiple times. Freddy was nominated once in 2003 and was beaten by Lee Scratch Perry, Lee Scratch is an artiste that appear to be mad, literally. Not sure if he is mad as Freddy these days though. Freddy not only has issues with the selection process but with also how the award is presented over the years. - behind curtains, behind the scenes, - reggae should be up and upfront. ..I totally agree with Freddy here
But it would appear that the Nomination of the foreign acts for the 2017 awards, has prompted Freddy's screams... and of course loosing to the mad scratch Perry in 2003.. and has not been nominated since.. especially since this year with his new album called "True to MY Roots".. this really irked Freddy.... even the selection panel which has the wife of Ziggy Marley at the helm, perhaps alluding to more bias towards the Marleys here
Persons have been rude to Freddy telling him to set up his own award show and stuff like that, in their attempt to sink his ship, SMH.. but there was also a positive response from Grammy affiliated personnel saying that posts are there for Jamaicans to fill and play a roll and that there have been Jamaicans there.
Im with Freddy here .. we should be all on the same boat ... and if it sinks we try heading to the Bigship..
All in all though local acts should be focused and present good quality work and out do the foreign acts


Popcaan Movado War

The Popcaan and Movado war came and went like a thief in the night. I have been out of touch with what is happening in the dancehall scene of recent however this feud caught my eye.
There is no doubt that there is some issue with Popcaan rising to be the top star he is at the moment and it is my speculation that the Drake collaboration with a couple of american hiphop acts and the little foreign attention being part of the reason why Movavdo was LIT about this feud.
The tracks in the war between them drew my attention and from what I have heard, Mavado win, hands down, Popcaan loose the war. Weeks later however, Popcaan wins MOBO awards, Drake a Tattoo affiliated material to Popcaan pon him skin.
It is fair to say that for sometime now, we have expected Mavado to at least shine a little bit more, not quite as bright as Sean Paul, but at least as much as Elephant Man did in his prime. So it is a bit safe to say.. that "we the best relationship" with Mavado ..did not propel him or he did not have that propensity and staying power and we declare him mediocre to the likes of Elephant, Beenie in their Prime.. sort of like bounty killer, who did reach but never got too far.
So is Mavado angry at the fact that Popcaan has reached the mediocre status he did and has the potential to go further? Or is that Popcaan a show-off and a gwaan like him a di best thing since Movado to rise out of dancehall to reach a mediocre status.
Well the feud has subsided between them and it did not involve chrome and metal. ..but wait STING is NOT in the air... so maybe next year..

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