December 23, 2015

Lady Saw returns promoters' money - Keeps promise made after becoming a Christian

Keeps promise made after becoming a Christian
Former dancehall artiste Lady Saw has begun reimbursing promoters who had contracted her to perform prior to her conversion to Christianity.
Following her decision to become a Christian, Saw, whose real name is Marion Hall, also announced that she would be ceasing her performances as a dancehall artiste.
"I have spoken, every promoter that I was supposed to work with in the future and started the process to repay them," explained Saw.
According to the artiste, dubbed the Queen of Dancehall, she has begun repaying several promoters since her conversion more than a week ago.
"I have been doing transfers daily to promoters, but I haven't been able to repay everyone yet because there is a limit to the sum that I can use daily," she added.
deposit paid
One promoter, Jermaine Blake, who had been contemplating legal action against Hall because she had not contacted him initially since her conversion, told THE STAR that he and the former dancehall had reached an agreement.
"We have spoken and she had agreed to repay both the deposit and promotional cost so we are good now," said Blake.
In a prior interview, the event promoter had said he paid over $300,000 for promotions in addition to the deposit paid to Saw for his St Thomas show, Rumbar Glow, but he had not been contacted by the deejay since her baptism.
The promoter of Yush, Phillip Palmer, which Saw was set to perform on tomorrow, told THE STAR that they are trusting the former deejay to keep her word that she will be repaying the deposit they had paid.
"She has promised to refund all deposits. We have not gotten the money back as yet, but we are holding on to her word in good faith."
The 43-year-old veteran dancehall icon said she will be able to complete the process of reimbursement in short order.
"I am just working on finishing this as soon as possible so I can focus fully on being a servant of the Lord, and the promoters have been very understanding so far," said Saw.

Source: Jamaica Star

December 01, 2015

I-Octane kicks off new brand ambassador role

Left - I-Octane and right - marketing manager for golden eagle Peter Plummer
Kingston, JAMAICA: - When you see reggae/dancehall star Byiome ‘I-Octane’ Muir these days, chances are he’ll be wearing a pair of spanking new, Italian-made, Golden Eagle shoes.  That’s because the in-demand, multi-award winning entertainer recently signed a deal as the official ambassador for the trendy footwear brand.
The signing which took place Wednesday, November 18 at Sunset Beach in Montego Bay, was a private affair attended by all the key players, including marketing agent Peter Plummer, along with I-Octane and his manager, Ray Alexander. Man of the moment, I-Octane was like a child in a candy store as he indulged himself by trying  on several different pairs of Golden Eagle shoes in an effort to decide which pair to wear for the signing.
“I feel really good about endorsing this shoe brand,” stated a beaming I-Octane, who is also the brand ambassador for Digicel and Busta.
The shoes, which I-Octane emphasized “are the ultimate in comfort, fashion and style” are available island-wide and although relatively new to Jamaica, the brand has stamped its name throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas as a brand to contend with in men’s fashion, since its inception in the mid-1980s
“Golden Eagle selected some of the best fashion designers out of France and some world renowned shoe designers  and shoe engineers out of Italy to create and design our foot wear to ensure style, safety, and durability,” marketing agent Peter Plummer explained.
Golden Eagle, which was introduced to Jamaica in 2009, has its main store and headquarters at Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay.  Over the years, the management has been approached by various agents of athletes and entertainer from the music fraternity negotiating endorsements deals. One was never negotiated until now.
Meanwhile, I-Octane who recently returned from a successful tour of Europe, is literally working hard in the studio. His latest dream project sees him building his own recording studio, Conquer The Globe, which, incidentally, is also the name of his personal backing band.
“Over the years, I have worked with various producers and at different studios, but the time eventually comes when you want your own. I am not saying that I won’t be working with other producers in the business, because that would be arrogant, but having my own studio will enhance my creativity and give me more flexibility. Team I-Octane is ready to conquer the globe,” he emphasised.