dancehall queens


♫ A pretty face and bad character,  
Dem deh kinda livin can’t hold Chaka (follow me). 

A pretty face and bad character, 
Dem deh kinda livin’ can’t hold Chaka. 

Seh gal yuh pretty Yuh face it pretty but yuh character dirty
Gal yuh just act too flirty flirty 
 Murder she wrote, murder she wrote. 

Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote (1992)


I want to be one of those bashment girls so bad!!! I am serious , my dream is to be a dancehall queen one of these days #sheenarose #thisstrangeland #invisibles #artist #performanceart

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Dancehall Queens inna 2014 

1. Spice: “Like a Man" & ”So Mi Like It

"Like a Man” was a little inevitable for the top choice here, but this song is brilliant apart from being the perfect DQs mission statement. Spice lampooning a typical male performer’s “whine fe mi, gyal” track, while also delivering a peerless example of same was a perfect having-cake-and-eating-it moment. Meanwhile, “So Mi Like It” is 156 seconds of Spice giving a master class on riding a (fantastic) riddim. “Back Bend” and “Snake Charmer” could be here too – it was her year.

2. J Capri: “Reverse It” & “Lyrics to the Song

At the beginning of the year, I figured J Capri would top this list, but nothing has quite risen to the level of the scorching “Reverse It” since it dropped in February. I wanted more from her, but there’s no need to feel disappointed (especially when you include her Vybz Kartel feature “Mamacita”). “Lyrics to the Song” won’t have you blasting your airhorn, but I always have room in my heart for dancehall that manages effervescence.

3. Denyque – “How to Rave

Denyque seems to be perpetually bubbling just under the surface of breaking out. I do think she could be a genuine pop star, but in the meantime at least we have the occasional treat like this laid-back party jam that sounds especially nice now in frigid winter.

4. Ishawna – “Restraining Order

“Equal rights and justice fe di gyal dem inna 2014 / Ca right yah now its all about we.”

5. Tanya Stephens – “Unapologetic

This blog’s patron saint on just how saintly she isn’t.

Former Dancehall Queen Defends PhD Dissertation on ‘Pum-Pum Palitix’

Marlene ‘Done a Gyal’ Henry, the 2006 dancehall queen of Jamaica and Japan, successfully defended her PhD thesis in cultural studies. 

Her ethnographic study titled ‘Pum-Pum Palitix: the Blessing and the Curse’ is based on three years of fieldwork in one inner-city community that is not named. 

“I address pumpum politics frontally in this work. The vagina is a site for the construction and negotiation of female identity. We have to think the symbolism and prominence of the genitals in micro-level socio-sexual relations.”

Henry’s next project The Price of Pumpum will explore transactional sex and social mobility.