For the first time in the history of the Big Head’s Promotion’s International Dancehall Queen Contest, the winner will walk away with a cheque for J$1 million, among other prizes!
On another note, Japan will also be recognised at the 16th staging of the Dancehall Queen Contest, which will be staged at the Pier One Complex in Montego Bay on Saturday, July 30.
Brian ‘Big Head’ Martin, the CEO of Big Head’s Promotions, said Japan has always been a big friend to dancehall music.
“This is our way of showing solidarity with the Japanese following the recent earthquake and tsunami which affected their country,” said Martin, in noting that the first non-Jamaican to be crowned dancehall queen was Japan’s Junko Bashment. “Our theme this year is, ‘Japan, Never Too Far’.”
Janet Silvera, senior write at the Gleaner had this ti say about what it means to be a Dancehall Queen:
“Dancehall Queen empowers women to use their bodies both as a work of art and as a potent weapon, pulling down the walls of the Establishment which seeks to define them, an Establishment which tries to limit them by putting them in a box, an Establishment which, arguably, tries to tame the.”
“The Dancehall Queen cannot be tamed. She is both poetry and prose in motion. She is the paradoxical combination of order and chaos.”