Inaugural DUN Dancehall World Cup final set for February

..... organisers yet to decide on venue

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - Members of Dancehall United Nations (DUN), organisers of the inaugural staging of the Dancehall World Cup competition, are at odds over whether to stage the final of the contest outside of Jamaica, or on the island.

The final of the competition is tentatively set for Sweden at the end of February 2016, but some members of DUN are adamant that it should first be staged at "the home of dancehall music".

"Right now some are saying stage it in Jamaica because this is where dancehall lives, (but) we want to take our culture out of Jamaica because then we get more benefits for the youths, and we get more money for the youths, and we become like a world platform doing it in a different country. I am thinking that, but other partners are saying do it in Jamaica because they (participants) will come to Jamaica," Donnaray Roc, executive director of DUN told the Jamaica Observer West.

"We have countries that want to host the World Cup. Sweden right now is a possibility,but it depends on the kind of sponsorship.It's a big project starting off, but of course it is little baby steps that we are taking just to push it out there."

According to the Jamaican-born, New York-based Roc, already three of the eight dancehall groups- which will represent Sweden, Germany and France- have been selected by her team during eliminations in the respective countries.

"We have been having qualification tours since August. It's going to be groups versus groups- country versus country. So we go to different countries, hook up with organisers and take the best dance groups from these countries," she explained.

She added that another round of selections will get underway soon to select groups to represent the UK, Japan, Amsterdam, Jamaica, Spain, USA and Africa.

Roc said that she is impressed with the respect reserved for the dancehall culture in the European countries that DUN has toured to for qualifications rounds.

"It is like they eat, sleep and drink dancehall. They show a lot of respect for the genre," said Roc.

She named other members of the DUN team as Jahliveya, Queen Lateshia, Killa Bean and Mix Master Overdose along with Rockerz Global Alliance Style Intime Promotions from Sweden.

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