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Hottarock looks

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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AN EP by deejay Hottarock is the first major dancehall project from Lightening Entertainment, an American promotions company owned by sisters Jinev and Natasha Anac. Hottest Rock From Jamaica is the name of the mini set which is expected to be released by summer.

Its first song, Too Nyammy Nyammy, was recently released.

Hottarock is a former member of Capleton's David House camp. Too Nyammy Nyammy is produced by Pryce Wasswa, a Ugandan musician known as Blaq Fuego.

The upcoming EP, Hottarcok's first, is among a slate of recordings being coordinated by Blaq Fuego through his BFuego Entertainment and Lightening Entertainment, which is based in New Jersey. Hi Grade and Woman Country are other songs from Hottest Rock From Jamaica.

“He's also worked on projects with producers Tefflon Zincfence, Silkki Wonda, Iffakush Productions and GK Productions in Jamaica. We are excited about their prospects,” said Jinev Anac, the company's CEO and talent manager.

Anac told the Jamaica Observer that she first met St Mary-born Hottarock seven years ago, but the partnership with her company formalised in 2016 when Lightening Entertainment got officially involved with Jamaican artistes.

Hottarock, whose real name is Wayne Allan Lewis, is a Capleton protégé. Like his mentor, he is from St Mary and recorded a number of songs while he was with David House.

Mira Mira, an Afrobeat song by Blaq Fuego and Jamaican singjay Dahvid Slur, kicked off those projects last year. Anac said songs by Jahazeil Myrie, Trinidadian reggae artiste Izac King and Jah Myhrakle from Belize are also part of their plans for 2019.

Lightening Entertainment was launched in 1993 and has worked with a diverse roster of entertainers, including Canadian rock singer Paris Black, EDM artiste Betty Jo and actress Alicia Nichole Webb.

The Anac sisters are originally from Istanbul, Turkey. They are daughters of businessman Arto Anac, founder of Arto Matic Interiors, a company founded in their hometown; he held the patent on the first Lazy Boy sofa in Turkey.

— Howard Campbell


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