Waspp stings on Mankind

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By Kevin Jackson Observer Writer

Friday, December 21, 2012    

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With new singles and videos (including Mankind featuring Wayne Marshall), dancehall artiste Waspp is upbeat about the direction of his career.

The deejay, who made local charts with the songs Unfair Officer and Cry Fi Dem, has changed the spelling (previously Wasp) of his name to Waspp, to distinguish himself from the American rock group of the same name.

A lot has happened for Waspp recently. He signed an endorsement deal and is the new face of Awashsuh clothing line from designer Cecilia Devana Bucknor.

He has got rave reviews from websites including reggaematters.com which hails him as the 'baddest freestyler' in dancehall.

In addition to Mankind, the 30-year-old deejay, whose real name is Marvin Clarke, has new singles including Hot Like Fiya, Tek a Ride and Touch Off a Me. A mix tape, Above Average, has also been released.

Waspp has been working recently with producer Prince Gibbons' Pstreet label out of the United Kingdom, which is behind the Street Check rhythm.

Rayvon, Red Fox back on the hunt

Singer Rayvon has teamed with deejay Red Fox on the song, No Other Like You.

The track was produced by Musical Masquerade, a Jamaican producer based in the United States.

According to the producer, "After I finished writing the song I thought about the best voices to fit it and heard the voices of Rayvon and Red Fox in my head. I felt they had the best voices to pull it off," he explained.

Rayvon and Red Fox have toured with Shaggy as part of his Big Yard crew.

Barbados-born Rayvon (whose real name is Bruce Brewster) tasted solo success in the mid-1990s with the single No Guns, No Murder. He also charted on Billboard with My Bad, 2 Way and Pretty (Before I Go to Bed). He was featured on Shaggy's hits Nice and Lovely, In the Summertime and Angel.

Jamaican Red Fox (real name Gareth Shelton) migrated to the United States in 1986. Raised in Brooklyn, New York he started his professional career recording for Peter McKenzie, a veteran dancehall producer and owner of the independent label FM Force.

Red Fox made his mark with songs like Come Boogie Down in 1988 and his signature song Down in Jamaica the following year.

No Other Like You will be available digitally on iTunes and Amazon as of January 15.

Junior X gears up for 2013

Singer Junior X is known for his songwriting ability. Songs like Plead My Cause and Seek Your Goal, have kept him on the musical map in the last five years.

Junior X, who is signed to US record label Revolutionary Entertainment, is back with the singles Dem Caah (produced by Demarco) and White Line (co-produced by Clive Hunt and Fontano Thompson).

He is expecting big things from both songs.

"These tracks are going to do very well. The vibes are different, the fans have never heard me like this before. It's a new sound, stronger energy," he said.

He added, "Since the start of my career I have been working with some of the best musicians and producers in the business but most of my songs are on exclusive tracks and I think it's time to change that approach and record on some of the more popular rhythms and just go all out. For 2013 it's going to be a different vibes because I'm going to release a barrage of hits."



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