Weddy Weddy turns 10

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer reporter

Monday, July 28, 2014

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TEN years ago, sound system operator Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell said he wanted to have a party vibe similar to that of House of Leo, a weekly dancehall-inspired party.

He came up with the weekly Wednesday night party series Weddy Weddy.

The party has grown to become a part of dancehall culture and Powell is somewhat surprised.

"We really didn't envision that it would have become the longest running weekly party, but on the other hand, we always have high hopes for whatever we start," Powell told the Jamaica Observer.

The event is recognised both locally and internationally as a stylish, trendy part of Jamaican dancehall culture, and it can be positioned as one of the institutions responsible for giving credibility to new dancehall slang, dress code and dances.

"One of the things that makes Weddy Weddy different is the formatting of the music. We strike a balance and we play music that will suit both the young and the old," he said.

"Stone Love movement has been through a few generations, so we couldn't just put aside the older folks for the younger," he added.

The anniversary staging tomorrow night will introduce the Bogle Award, which Powell said will be given to someone who combines vibes, swag, slang, and attendance.

"We want to keep Bogle's memory alive at all times as he was very instrumental with the conception of Weddy Weddy. Matter of fact, the name was taken from one of his slangs," he said.

Bogle, given name Gerald Levy, was a colourful dancehall personality who hailed from the tough Kingston community of Arnett Gardens. He 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.

The anniversary staging will also see the crowning of Ms Weddy Weddy, which has become a custom among the Weddy Weddy faithful.

Among the performers slated to perform at the event are Elephant Man, Romain Virgo and Kiprich.




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