Every now and again I come across an artist and wonder WHY ARE THEY NOT PLASTERED ACROSS EVERY RASS CLOT BLOG ???!! Of course, there is so much new music, videos, news etc coming at all of us daily through many platforms so a lot of good music can get lost in the crowd but luckily that's why I'm here.I love to dig, discover some new vibes and share with the world.
Me and my day 1 squad have a group chat on Instagram where we send each other memes, plan trips (2018 get ready for some Black Girl Magic ), talk about our goals and what we're up too. It was in this chat I discovered This Rude Boy of the week, Mikel Ameen.
Who is Mikel Ameen?
- A free thinker building a new reality
How did you get your start in music?
I come from a family of entertainers and was always encouraged to pursue our performance abilities, I started writing when I was 10 and dropped my first project when I was 18 and I've just kept going
World Changer! What is this movement all about? What does being a World Changer mean to you?
World Changer Life is my mindset movement, through my music, experiential events and lifestyle I want to inspire people to live their best life based on love, not fear. there are 7.5 billion people on the earth but only one with your finger print and DNA, the moment you were born you became a world changer, but the real World Changer Life begins when you realize you are the architect of your reality.
I love your series on YouTube Convos With Queens. How did you the idea or concept for it?
I have a lot of female friends and I realize most people don't understand why, so whilst I was in LA the idea came to record my conversations with my female homies just so the world can get an insight into the dope women I have around me.
Boss Girl 101. This is my anthem right now! When did you first get the idea for the song? What was the idea behind the video?
The song started off as a freestyle over a Beyonce beat and my producer Melo Renn said we should turn it into a song so we did, but yeah the song is really just me bigging up the kind of women I have around me as I feel like there ain't a lot of songs that speak directly to them from men.
For the video, it was important that I represented a wide spectrum of black women as I feel being a BOSS or a QUEEN is not about how you look but more how you think and act, so I wanted to celebrate Black women in ALL their glory.
Besides knowing how to cook Plantin and other things mentioned in the song, what does it mean to the terms Boss Girl /Queen?
For me, a Boss Girl and especially a Queen is a woman who practices self-love at the highest level she has full awareness of her mind, body, and spirit and she is at peace who she is on all levels.
Checking out more of your music your lyrics are positive, empowering for not only women of color but for colored people as a whole. I can also see the influence of the Caribbean and African culture in your videos. How much of your culture inspires your music?
My culture is everything to me and I use it at all levels of my creation, from the formation of lyrics to the journey of the music I produce. It's important people hear that when they listen to me and I'm glad you picked that up.
What are your plans with World Changer Movement and Music? What Can we look forward to?
Last year we took nearly 100 people to Paris for a weekend experience which ended with my live concert at Afropunk Paris this year World changer Life have our first intercontinental road trip to KENYA in October and we are bringing 10 people from around the world to the mother land to have a 7 day exploration of the mother land which will also end with a live concert featuring me and Kenya's top artists in Nairobi. we will be doing a WC Dinner party for my birthday on September 24th and this will be an ALL VEGAN FEAST starters, main course, dessert with champagne and an after party. Lastly, expect some more dope music and music videos from me.
Make sure you follow Mikel on Social Media to learn more about this great artist!
Mikel Ameen music: https://soundcloud.com/mikelameen
Mikel Ameen videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/MikelAmeen
Mikel Ameen instagram: https://instagram.com/mikelameen
Hello folks. This post is special because it’s our first RUDE BOY since I began this blog. This week I have a special two part interview with the creators behind a new production called Dancehall Theater Blood Sweat and Tears. What’s that? Well this event is taken place on October 28th and 29th, and will be showcasing authentic dancehall movements and take you through the journey of where it all began. I got the chance to Interview Rude Boy Mikhail Morris aka Venom about his journey and what we can expect from the show.
1.First who is Mikhail Morris? Background? Values? What is it exactly that you do?
Mikhail is a strong, hardworking individual who willing to inspire people no matter the cost. I was born in Kingston Jamaica, also a Cultural Ambassador for his country (Dancer, Director, Music Composer and a Leader).
2.Dancehall has really grown over the years and some dancehall dancers feel like a lot of people are exploiting Jamaican culture and not giving back to where the art form comes from. You being a Jamaican yourself what are your personal point of view on that subject.
My personal views on people exploiting Jamaican culture and not given back. I always say anyone can be inspire by someone's culture and they can create their own artistic development from it. My issue will always be if someone is going to do that show the reference/credit that my Jamaican people deserve because my culture was develop out of a painful place as the history speaks for itself I will be disappointed to know if people keep doing that.
3. So, you’re one of the creators behind Dancehall Theatre: Blood Sweat and Tears, what has the process been like thus far?
Dancehall Theatre (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) the process thus far is going really well and inspiring especially the diverse casts of the show. They really putting in the hard work and I’m proud of everyone who is on broad.
4. Is this a production you want to tour or just solely something for Vancouver to find out all about Dancehall?
Well this was always one of my goals to tour my future productions not just in Canada but worldwide. I have a story that I want everyone to hear and see. Vancouver is the base and I’m proud to start it here.
5. I'm assuming there has definitely been some difficulty during the process of creating. You being a dancer for a long period of time how was the creative process? Going into the production did you already have everything set out in a plan?
Firstly we are all human beings so nothing we do can be perfect so yes the creative process has its moments especially when the dancers have to find the emotion that is affecting humanity. There will be ups and downs especially creating a production that builds around POVERTY IN THE INNER CITY OF JAMAICA. Well, it’s funny you asked that question. Firstly I know I wanted to put on a theater production and in the process, the plan started to fall into place. I've worked with a lot of different dance theater companies so base on the experiences over the years by watching them things started to flow naturally.
6. Being that you came to Vancouver from Toronto I know for sure there is a difference between the Dancehall scenes here compared to that of Toronto. Was it a Shock for you or was it something that you expected. Were you surprised that so many people were interested in the Style?
Neither was I shock/surprised because Jamaica really impacts or impacted a lot of other countries with its music, dance, and culture. I was happy and feel inspired that people here in Vancouver really respects and enjoy reggae/dancehall music.
7. Let’s talk Dancehall donz. When was this group created and how has it been for you guys coming up in the Toronto scene.
Well, Dancehall Donz/Diva it’s not a group/crew so anyone can be a part of it was founded 2 years ago. Dancehall donz is a movement to bring authenticity and culture awareness...to educate youths of society and others who will help to fight for a cause.
8. Expanding on the question of Donz I noticed there are only 2 males in the production. Being that I'm from Vancouver I know it’s hard to find Male Dancehall dancers, but I do find a lot of Men interested in the dance form and willing to take classes or add dancehall steps into their choreography. Was it hard finding men to take part in the production?
In this process, it wasn't challenging to find Males for this production because I already knew who I wanted to use base on the students who keep coming to my classes since I start teaching here in Vancouver.
8. Where do you see the company going in five years? Both Ketch Di Vybz and Dancehall Donz?
In the next 5 years for Dancehall Donz since it’s a movement, it will continue to serve its purpose to help inspire the youths of the community bring culture awareness to others and keep fighting for a cause.
Check out this behind the scenes video.
Hope you guys enjoyed part 1. This show is able to take place thanks to donations and money raised from various events. If you would like to Donate or purchase a ticket to the event be sure to visit www.ketchdivybz.com for more detail. Be sure to check back for part two with co-founder and producer of Dancehall Theater and Ketch Di Vybz, Judy Madarasz.
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Recently a video has come to my attention. Although It has now been taken down and the Show, which airs in Canada , UK, and Australia still airs on TV so I’m pretty sure it will air again on TV one day.
“What show am I talking about?” you ask? Well, the Next Step. Here're a few things you should know about this show.
After crying my pain away from watching the video I took some time to reflect and thought of 4 dancers 1 crew who they should have brought in to teach these kids or be a special consultant for this episode.
1.Tanisha Scott : Tanisha is a Toronto Native so this basically should have been there first go to person to make sure they were getting all the facts. She’s danced in plenty of videos and has Choreographed to Dancehall and Hip-hop so I'm pretty sure she could have told the producers what the difference is and giving these kids a better explanation. Here’s a video from Sean Paul. Gimmie the Light was Fully Choreographed by Tanisha. THROWBACK!!!!
2.BLACKA DI DANCA!! Another popular dancehall dancer. He’s work with Major Lazer/ Diplo, Collie Budz , Shaggy and even Bad Gal RHI RHI (Rihanna). He has his own unique style and represents the culture and community to the fullest any time he gets the chance . Since I originally saw him post about the video its only right he is included in this. One of my favorite dancers who know how to mix the Dancehall moves and steps to today's Dancehall/Edm influenced tracks. Check out his Choro to Major Lazer Ft Justin Beiber and MØ Cold Water along with the rest of his amazing team.
3.Now if they wanted some real authentic dancehall, I'm talking straight for Jamaica authentic. All they really had to Do is call up Kieva the Diva!!!! She dance along side Bogle (God Father of dancehall) for god sake.HELLO!!!!! Here's a video of Keiva dancing down at Dance Ja (which is another place this production could have found plenty of dancers).
4. Global Bob is probably another one of my favorite dancers. Originally known as Spongebob which was the name given to him by Bogle ,he is the creator of many well-known dances such as Scooby doo. He knows what he's doing and has taught dancehall and has given many lectures on Jamaican culture around the world.Check out this video about his experience traveling overseas and teaching. Side note the lady doing the interview is so excited she so funny hahaha ha ha haha.Also, check out his girlfriend's clothing line @deluxe.couture.dc its super clean.
5.Lastly, let's talk about the New Generation of dancehall dancers. Black eagles are probably one of the most well known (all though there is plenty more who are amazing). Everyone in the crew is amazing and would have been great to give feedback on the show and show these kids what the new generation of dancehall is all about. Here is a video of few of the members along with another amazing crew who would have been great as well , Overload.
Big up all the dancers. There are tons that I wish I could have mentioned but I'm sure throughout my blog, you will see me mention different people. I Leave you with the don,the daddy the man , the legend MR Wacky , BOGLE doing what he does best! Dance. Real Dancehall in Foxy Brown ft Baby Cham –Tables turn.