Entertainment

Bogle inspires dance album

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor – Auto and Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobsever.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014    

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DANCEHALL'S flamboyant dancer Bogle is the inspiration for the latest album from Triple L Records.

Mr Wacky RIP Riddim is the name of the 13-track album, slated to be released this week.

"I wanted to bring back the real dancehall vibes that is missing these days, where both female and male would enjoy themselves together on the dancefloor, as Bogle aka Mr Wacky used to do," said producer Orville Stoddart, owner of the Trench Town-based label.

For the project, the producer said he assembled several acts from the 1990s for an authentic sound. He also included some 'new kids on the block'.

"The CD starts with dancehall deejay Alozade doing a mixture of hit songs from the '90s upwards. Hawkeye brings back dat dancehall mix-up where ladies use to bruk out an' gwaan bad, an' singjay Chico reminds the ladies to be independent. Upcoming artiste Wicked Rajah and Potential Kidd with his style, are also on the album," the 35-year-old Stoddart said.

Deejays Shane-O and Shaka Pow are also featured on the set.

Stoddart said he first met the lanky 'legs man' in the early 1990s.

"From mi a yute mi meet Bogle, because my yard was a yard weh every dancer come. My uncle was a top barber in the community, I would meet a lot of people through him," he recalled.

Bogle, given name Gerald Levy, was a colourful dancehall personality who hailed from the tough Kingston community of Arnett Gardens. A member of the popular Black Roses Crew, he rose to national prominence in 1992 through Bogle, an ode to his dancing skills by Buju Banton.

The track was co-produced by Donovan Germain and Dave Kelly.

Bogle created several dance moves including World Dance, Out and Bad, and Wacky Dip and inspired a new generation of dancers.

He was shot and killed in Kingston on January 20, 2005, at age 40. His death remains unsolved.

"Up to this day, his death is still in the minds of a lot of people from his community. Even last night, me deh pon di ends and some of the dancing songs start, and two women just start crying," he said.

Stoddart got his break in 2010 with the album 12 Disciples of Trenchtown. The set featured Lutan Fyah, Bryan Art, Neville Lindo, Nesbeth and Brown Sugar. For his latest, he is hoping to turn back the hands of time. "Nobody nah dance nuh more, a just pure hip-hop business a gwaan, so me jus waah bring back a vibes that's missing."

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