Kool Ravers gets two YVAs nods

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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ATTENDING the Your View Awards (YVAs) has always been a dream for Chevoy “Kool Ravers” Grant. But being nominated is a new level of bliss for the street dancer.

The 25-year-old attended the event's launch at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston recently at which he received nods — Favourite Male Dancer and Favourite Dance Move (Fling) categories .

“It's my first time being nominated at the YVAs; and two nominations! As an underground street dancer, I feel good, I feel Kool. When I attended Kingston College, I always dreamed to go to the YVAs, and now I am a nominee. It's a great, great feeling. In my younger days, my friends and classmates would come to me and say; 'Yow, YVAs a tomorrow, enuh' and me always a seh: 'You know mi cya afford it, mi cya reach.' Mi just did haffi hear about it, and just know seh a suh life go until mi get big, and now mi is a nominee. It just shows that you must always believe in yourself and trust God and look weh the future have in store for you,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Also nominated in the Favourite Male Dancer category are Ding Dong and Pancho. In addition to Kool Ravers, vying for the Favourite Dance Move are Genna Bounce (Ravers Clavers), Lebeh Lebeh (Ding Dong), and Rock the World (Shakespeare).

Kool Ravers has a lot of celebrate after having a successful 2017. In December, he received the Prime Minister's Youth Award in the Category of Arts & Culture. He, however, remains humble.

“You can see that people actually a recognise the work weh we a put out and that makes me feel great, because wi a come from nothing and wi reach to something so we have to grateful. When I created the dance I wasn't thinking to capitalise on it or thinking about how big it ah go get; that wasn't my aim. To me, it's just a joy to dance, and how I free myself from the world,” he said.

The Your View Awards show is scheduled for National Indoor Sports Centre in St Andrew on Saturday, February 24.

— Sade Gardner




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