She impressed local and international media alike with her engaging set, with Vogue being among the first in the international sphere to place the dancehall crown on her head.
Fast-forward a year later and Reggae Sumfest organisers are considering Spice as this year’s closer on Dancehall Night.
Speaking with the STAR on the possibility, Reggae Sumfest’s Joe Bogdanovich described the ‘Queen of Stage’ as a phenomenal act who always brings something special to Sumfest.
“I believe Spice is a brilliant artiste whose performance gets better every year, and that in itself is phenomenal,” he said. “She is dynamic and a force to be reckoned with, one who isn’t hard to work with, and that’s why we keep bringing her back each year. Everything always runs so smoothly with Spice and you can always expect her to come with something spectacular.”
Bogdanovich admitted that when he booked Spice for the show, he wasn’t thinking of her for the closing act, but said as the show nears, he’s seeing more and more how fitting it would be to have her bring the curtains down on Dancehall Night 2018. “It’s a great idea, and we’re definitely going to reach out.
“We wouldn’t be surprised if she accepted because we have a good relationship, and Spice is one of those artistes who understand show business and what this would mean,” he said.
“Spice is at the peak of her career. She’s up there with the women who have made their mark on dancehall and she continues to represent the culture on an international level. She’s definitely up there with Lady Saw, who was one of the best to do it (close the show) over the years.”
Speaking on that moment back in 2015 when Lady Saw closed the show, Bogdanovich expressed the need for more women to be given the opportunity to prove their worth on platforms such as Reggae Sumfest.
“I don’t have an answer for why more women haven’t been given that chance (to close the show), but I can say that the one woman who has did a phenomenal job, and I have no doubt that if Spice accepts, she will also give an outstanding performance. When given the chance, the women have always risen to the occasion. Spice is one such artiste, so regardless of where she performs, morning, noon or night, she’ll kill it,” he said.
Bogdanovich also explained the process behind getting an entertainer to close Sumfest’s dancehall night. He revealed that he has had encounters over the years that made him realise there are too many artistes who put money before culture. He said he has made it his point of duty to ensure that whoever closes Sumfest’s Dancehall Night understands that it is less about the money and more about the music.
“I’m trying to get people to understand the importance of Jamaican music. We should embrace culture like the rest of the world does and support each other and not price ourselves out of the music,” he said, pointing out that closing dancehall night on the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ should be seen as a great opportunity for any artiste.
Patoranking: Taking Jamaica by storm ON JULY 29, 2017
By BENJAMIN NJOKU
Saturday, July 22, would remain significant in the annals of history, not because it was the day the biggest reggae festival in the world- the Reggae Sumfest shut down Jamaica. But importantly,the day Nigerian dancehall star, Patoranking broke the record as the first African artiste to perform at the festival. The ‘My Woman, My Everything’, singer took to his Instagram page to express his happiness. He said his unborn children would one day learn about his legacies as the first African artistes to perform at the reggae festival. ‘My kids will be taught in school how their father was the first African artiste to perform at the biggest reggae festival in the world. If you believe it you can achieve it…I pray for my colleagues/African artistes to experience the same open doors.’ ‘I may never have come this far if I don’t have doubting Thomas dem/haters but please don’t stop doubting or hating I really need more of that. Am already in 2018 and my New video just dropped….Welcome to my World,’ he wrote.
Patoranking Expressing further excitement, Patoranking, who performed alongside Jamaican great reggae stars such as Alkaline, Mavado, Bounty Killer, Dexta Daps, Spice, and Tommy Lee Sparta at the historic festival, narrated how he sang ‘Alubarika’, the song that changed his life to over 20,000 people in Jamaica. Sharing his excitement with Jamaican Splash, in an interview, 27-year-old, Patoranking whose real names are Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, said:
‘I can’t find the words to accurately express how I feel… it’s a dream come true for me, a really big deal. But first and foremost, this one will go down in the history books and this is something I will tell my kids — that I was the first African artiste to perform on the Reggae Sumfest stage in Jamaica. I am so happy to be here in a country I have dreamed about so much, sharing in this vibrant culture and learning more about these beautiful people.”
Patoranking couldn’t wait to excite Jamaican audience with his electrifying performance. His hit My Woman, My Everything, has truly earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognisable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm.
“I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taximan, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me.”
Patoranking’s hit song ‘My Woman, My Everything’, reportedly has earned him a legion of fans in Jamaica, with his recognizable dancehall flavour on top of a undeniable Afrobeat rhythm. “I have always wanted to be the voice of the voiceless. So my music and lyrics must always say something for those who can’t speak for whatever reason. With My Woman, My Everything, I strongly believe there is someone… a taxi man, a bus driver and conductor, who needs the words to express himself to the woman in his life, and this is the perfect track. I have to give big respect to Wande Coal who collaborated with me on that track and provided such a great hook. For Jamaicans to know and love my track is just another amazing thing for me. I grew up on reggae and dancehall music. I knew them before I knew about hip hop. I knew of Jamaica before so many other countries in the world. So for my music to be available to Jamaicans is just another moment for me,” he said.
Since the first edition of the festival in 1993, Reggae Sumfest, “the biggest concert festival in Jamaica”, has attracted top artists in the genre including Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Damian and Stephen Marley and others. Pop acts 50 Cent, Usher and Rihanna have also performed at the festival. Patoranking, who took the Nigerian music scene by storm in 2015, with his hit ‘ Alubarika’ has continued to be a force to reckon with, in African music scene. He is a judge on the singing talent show The Voice Nigeria.
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