Jimmy Spliff ready to shine again


Jimmy Spliff ready to shine again

Observer writer

Saturday, October 05, 2019

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AFTER winning the first round of the inaugural World Fight Club sound clash in March, selector/emcee Jimmy Spliff of New Jersey-based King Shine is positive he will be able defend his title going into round two.

“I'm pretty confident. I've won five clashes (before the competition) in a row and the other competitor has not really been out there for a while, so I'm confident,” Jimmy Spliff, whose given name is Randell Minott, told the Jamaica Observer.

World Fight Club (WFC) is a sound system clash series in New York, hosted by King Addies Promotion Team. In addition to bragging rights, the winner receives the WFC belt and the opportunity to defend the title.

Round two is scheduled to held at Lodricka Hall in Queens, New York, on October 18. The showdown will be between King Shine and Supersonic sound system from Germany.

The inaugural leg was held at Hall Next Door in Brooklyn, New York.

The current title holder said he has no regrets in entering the contest.

“I didn't know how it (the competition) was going to be seen, but I did a good job at promoting my win as much possible as I could, and it is paying off,” said the 39-year-old Jimmy Spliff.

Started in 1995, King Shine has roots in St Thomas.

“Most of my sets are dancehall and reggae...People love that stuff. I also do a little Afrobeat and soca and even some hip hop but it's mostly dancehall and reggae because of my background,” he explained.

“My wittiness is unmatched; I have a comeback for everything…nobody knows what I'm going to say next, not even I know what I'm going to say next and half the time, I don't remember the things I say when I come off stage. But that's what I'm popular for, my wittiness and my overall style,” he continued.

According to Jimmy Spliff, he joined the team in 2009 and was promoted to the helm five years later. He says he tries to emulate veteran sound system selector Ricky Trooper of Kilamanjaro.

“I started in 2009 and, at the time, my friend was (working) with King Shine and he introduced us. Nobody taught me how to play. It was all self-taught and after being with King Shine for five years, my business partner, Steve Smith, felt as if he was holding me back and that's how I took over,” he said.

Jimmy Spliff said, through King Shine, he has been granted multiple opportunities to travel. He has been to every other country, except Japan and those on the African continent.

Meanwhile, founders of New York-based King Addies Promotions, whose roots are in east Kingston, were pleased with the competition's reception.

“Sound clash is the most exhilarating competition in music today, and caters to everyone who loves music and entertaining competition,” said Dinero and Shinez.

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