Who is GT Taylor?
Review of Magnum GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza 2007


Website: GT Taylor homepage on MySpaceMusic
Writer: Howard Hendriks
Date: late December
2007
Link: GT Taylor

This review of the concert was found on GT Taylor hompage. As the review will probably be replaced by the 2008 review Christmas Extravaganza shortly, I decided to cut and past it on this page. Very interesting introduction about who is GT Taylor.

PERSONNAL COMMENTARY: No matter how much direspectful Capleton was onstage in the Christmas Extravaganza 2007 he will be part of the 2008 lineup for the same event. Disrespectful may be too soft: Capleton literaly promoted to kill gays and lesbians. What a shame to to invite this artist again the following year. Howard Hendriks finish is review by pointing out the negative aspects of the concert by pointing out homophobia. "This was Christmas night and some of the artistes should just forget about the homosexuals and temper their venom. This was the season of comfort and joy" Should we understand that the rest of the year it's OK to promote murder of gays and lesbians but artists should mellow their speach on Christmas night? There is not one single day of the year where hatered speach should be tolerated onsatge.




ABOUT GT TAYLOR
The lifespan of an entertainer is unpatriotic as the winter breeze on a tropical breeze. For a particular and peculiar moment, you will wear the pyjamas of a cat and the next fleeting days, you are an overweight dinosaur. It takes a particular magic, stamina, charm and luck, to remain a legend even for a decade and still be relevant with the ever-changing times. Roy George Taylor is a Jamaican icon that has remains relevant in the entertainment industry from the late sixties to present times. This young entertainer has been able to maintain a distinct hypnotic aura over his audience and is not ready to roll over and die. This genius has been able to reinvent himself and create a niche in broadcasting, acting, show promoting, and record producing, as a compeer among other functions, in the wide range of entertainment services. George Taylor was born in Kingston on November 23 1949.He attended Russells and All Saints All Age, Vauxhall High. Kinston Technical before Medgar Evers College 9in New York where live for 13 years. A popular emcee from the late sixties, he got involved in acting and played major role in plays such as the Village Rooster, Gun Court Affair, and Obeah Wedding among others. He had the chance to create history as the person to compeer the first set of Tastee Talent Shows .He was deeply involved in stand up comedy when he migrated to New York and formed a group called the Ticklers and created a buzz and prominence in the nightclub scene in the tri-states area for many years.

GT Taylor returned to Jamaica in the early nineties. He started the Occasions Club in Braes River St Elizabeth. This hip club along with its weekly talent shows co-produced by Howard Hendriks (of Linkz FM ) was able to draw attention to the young growing dancehall movement in the early nineties and was soon to be awarded Best Rural Club in Jamaica several times. The highpoint to the popularity of the club was the hosting of a 21 sound clash never before in the history of Dancehall Jamaica. He moved to Whitehouse Westmoreland with a name change to Club Classique. He then returned to Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth with the same flavor .However with the economic crisis and the dwindling value of the dollar, he was forced to close the club in the early part of the new millennium.

GT Taylor returned to Jamaica in the early nineties. He started the Occasions Club in Braes River St Elizabeth. This hip club along with its weekly talent shows co-produced by Howard Hendriks (of Linkz FM ) was able to draw attention to the young growing dancehall movement in the early nineties and was soon to be awarded Best Rural Club in Jamaica several times. The highpoint to the popularity of the club was the hosting of a 21 sound clash never before in the history of Dancehall Jamaica. He moved to Whitehouse Westmoreland with a name change to Club Classique. He then returned to Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth with the same flavour .However with the economic crisis and the dwindling value of the dollar, he was forced to close the club in the early part of the new millennium.

The deep love for the microphone led GT Taylor into the world of radio. A brief stint as a freelance announcer with Radio Jamaica led him to Jamaica’s hottest radio station Irie FM where he has been working for over 12 years .The high popularity of his Thursday and Friday night shows has opened the opportunity to emcee at top events such as Sting, Reggae Sunfest, Sunsplash both yard and abroad .He has been the leader in the polls/ratings in the Jamaica with the number one night show for years. He has won several awards local and international for his contribution to radio. The nights at Irie FM would not be irie without GT Taylor.

GT Promotions, his company is integral to his success. Due to the high demand for playing music in the dancehall, he created his crew called the GT Aggregation that has been ramming dancehall weekly at home and abroad since early 2000.One of the high point of his success is the respectability garnered of playing in competition with the cult legend of David Rodigan from London. These occasions had been the talk of the town for weeks.

GT Taylor was always encountering a great problem with space. From the days of Occasion Club in Braes River, there was never sufficient space to host his show. This led to changing concepts to develop a Christmas show in a park which was christened GT Taylor Extravaganza. For the past seven years this show has been at either Font Hill Beach Park or Black River Independence Park in St Elizabeth. He has been able to select from the wide cross section of artistes across the different genres that is from the reggae tree. It is of no surprise to see Beenie Man, John Holt,Shaggy, Mr. Vegas,Ninja Man,Movado, Morgan Heritage, Richie Innocent, Ken Boothe, Elephant Man. Luciano, Perfect, TOK, Tanya Stephens among others performing on one show for the night. He received the award for Best Stage Show 2007 from Irie FM for the chapter of Gt Taylor Christmas Extravaganza taken place December 2007.He venture with a new series entitled GROOVIN on April 2008 in Negril with the caliber of Freddie McGregor, Jimmy Riley, Marcia Griffiths and Beres Hammond. This will become another annual calendar event similar to Christmas Extravaganza. One could never describe George as a self-centred person as he always gives to charities such as to the Black River Hospital among others from the proceeds of the show. His love for his home parish of St Elizabeth is unquestionable in supporting the sick and the needy.

GT Taylor has just started experimenting in record production. This was not a dream but rose from the demand of the youths in the business that felt he is an avenue that their voices can be heard. With his first album about to hit the streets, a unique characteristic is that the compilation is a mixture of established and fresh talents. He is known to assist the career of young artistes by playing good songs that some other disc Jockeys overlooked. Gt Taylor is the man that is loved by artistes and fans alike across the growing world of Reggae. GT Taylor is still the man to watch. This man will still be the Dance Hall master for years to come.



MAGNUM GT EXTRAVAGANZA 07 – THE HOWARD HENDRIKS COMMENTARY
And it came to pass that thousands pour into Independence Park, Black River, and St Elizabeth to witness the eight staging of the Magnum GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza show. The response from the public is that ‘the show dun sell off” and there was “not even a magnum bottle with a cork”. There was no quarrel; no fight, no controversies and the patrons got their moneys worth from the performance of over forty artistes.

The Dancehall Master GT Taylor started the show emphasising the need to care and share with the homeless people in St Elizabeth. DJ Clive from Vybes FM and GT Aggregation played some early dancehall selection before H Dixon, the first performer who was inaudible. Teacher D declared that he had the right remedy while DR Flex was searching for some response from the crowd. The soul rebel from Santa Cruz, Singing Vernon changed the pace to roots reggae with “Oppression” and “Simple Life”. He possess the flavour for the European market. The diva from Birmingham England, Yaz Alexander with her soulful rendition of “We will be forever loving Jah” sounds like an angel across the Christmas night sky. Deejay Fabbie J should really enter the spelling bee of three letter words. He was appreciated by the growing crowd.

Reggae Rodgers brought on Brimstone at 10pm who was followed by Major Sprat and Mumsi. Grindsman spend his time getting “Nibblish” followed by the voluptuous Magnum girls making their first appearance. Live Wya , the backing band performed “Bellyful” followed by Dada referring to the internet site of www.gun.com The hot rising Chuckleberry burn the first early fire with “When the rain is falling”,’ Rasta mek life” and the rising hit “Bad man”. Chuckleberry is an artist to watch for 2008

St Elizabeth Glamaton delivered with “Worries in Jamaica”, “Love again’ and ‘Fi di gal dem” acapella style. Lady G was sizzling like a million Christmas fireplace and she received three encores. The improved Villa Dutch and Feekez paved the way for DJ Sunshine with their hits ‘Be my lady’,’ Some boy fi dead’ and’ War and violence’.The veterans Captain Barkey and Wickerman had the crowd eating out of their hands, laughing, cheering and dancing. The duo hit hard with “No no’ and ‘Long Fingernail”. With Nitty Kutchie as their special guest they had the park rocking with commentaries about street life and fat man versus mawga man.

The reggae king from Montego Bay, Mackie Conscious was royal with his performance while Unicorn was not impressive. Mikeylous aka Nigger Mikey is back on the scene and he hits with ‘Everything whey gwan ah foreign” and ‘Bad mind a kill dem”. He brought on Charlie Blacks who teased with his ‘Buddy buddy’ and ‘Back shot”. The veteran Edi Fitzroy touched the stage at 12.40. He gave a short performance with ‘Tenement Yard’, ‘Prison life’ and ‘Princess Black’ leaving crowd hungry for more of his hits. Anthony Cruz delivered ‘Place too bloody’ and ‘Half way tree’. Ras Ghandi reinvented the National Anthem stating that politics destroy Jamaica. He was followed by Prestige and Delly Ranks with’ Headache’.

The dapper Nuffy from Portmore introduced the hottest trio for the night, Jigsy King, Tony Curtis and sexy Cecile. The park was instantly ignited with fireworks. Hits after hits flow in rapid combination and the audience was skanking to the beat. Taurus Riley, the hottest roots singer for 2007 took things to a higher level. He came armed with the ballistic missile of Dean Frazer. The sky became beautiful with hits such as ‘Beware’, ‘Stay with you’ and ‘She’s royal’. Chuck Fender kept the militant pace with ‘Gash dem’, ‘Murderer’ and ‘Coming over’ without Cherine Anderson, this year.

HOT 102 Richard Burgess became the ringmaster at 2.14 Boxing Day morning. The Warlord, Bounty Killer was introduced with a warm St Elizabeth’s welcome. He reeled out hits such as ‘Mi caa believe mi eyes” where he teased Beenie Man about his lost and found game. Bounty showed his dexterity from dancehall beat to roots reggae where cherished his mother. He called on Gangster for life Mavado and they performed wicked combinations of ‘Real MCKOY’, ‘Weh dem a do’, ‘Gully side’,’ Amazing grace’ and ‘Squeeze her breast’. They were accompanied by the bubbling Magnum girls and the hot Ruff Cutt band.

Mr Peppa came and went. Little Hero the god man brought strong spiritual revival to the dancehall. He blessed the night with ‘Almighty god blessed you’, ‘God alone’, ‘More Love’ and ‘No love nuh down deh ”The legendary Freddie McGregor was on at 3am. He teased the crowd with’ Big Ship’, ‘Stop loving me’,’ Push comes to shove’, ‘Prophecy’ and ‘Girl I wait for you’. Freddie was great after a long absence from Black River. The local star Easy Wayne performed accapella style since he was not billed for the show.

Things took a medical turn at 3.27 early Wednesday morning. The two words ‘Only you’ had the crowd in a frenzy. The bird of freedom, Jah Cure was as cool as a cucumber as he stamped his class. The Cure performed like he was a veteran on stage for the past eight years. He fired out hits like ‘Longing for’, ‘Sunny days’, ‘King of the jungle’, ‘Love is’ and ‘Reflections’. He received his deserved encore. Jah Cure was the star of Magnum Taylor Extravaganza. Poor I-Octane, the smoke from Jah Cure was too much for him.

The most popular act from the Digicel Rising star series, Christopher Martin showed maturity ,class and growth. It was a joy to see Chris performed his own original songs. He summoned on his boss Shaggy where they rendered terrific combinations with ‘Church heathen’,’Bonafide girl’,’Strenght of a woman’ and encored with the ‘Angel’. The queen of the moment, Queen Ifrika received a royal welcome from the massive. AT 4.46, She lectured about ’Below the waist’, ‘Brown skin’ and ‘Daddy’ receiving an encore. Luton Fyah was elegant with ‘Rasta still deh bout’, ‘Save the Juvenile’ and ‘St Jago De la Vega’. He invited Richie Spice who sang hits such as ‘Earth ah run red’, ‘Better Girl’, ‘Brown Skin’ and ‘Highest grade’.

Mr Perfect was energetic with ‘A merry macka’and ‘Hand cart Man’. Teflon came and went. Macka Diamond brought some renewed life to the show. She harassed the men that disappeared during the Christmas period and declared that she is the money goddess. The Greensleeves signed artiste received her encore with ‘Hoola Hoop’. Munga Honourable followed with ‘Bad from mi born’, ‘Gangsters don’t play’ Wine pan it’ and ‘found her now’.

The morning sun was rising when surprised guest artiste Sizzla Kalongi embraced the stage. He performed snippets of his hits such as ‘Cant keep a good man down’, ‘Rise to the Ocassion’,’Got to be strong’, ‘Dry cry’ and ‘Blazing the chalwa’. Capleton came from out of nowhere and this energised bunny woke up all the sleepy heads. Hits after hits came from the mouths of Sizzla and Capleton in combination. The fire burn and burn and burn. Their act came to a close with an extended combination with Bobo Zorro and Contractor.

The baddest deejay in the world, Ninja man was next. He was in a jocular mood where he teased and made witty comments about Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. His utterances as usual had the crowd in Stitches. It was fun to see the Ninja Man teasing the Beenie Man backstage. The performer par excellence Moses Davis and sidekick Barbee closed the show with a pace that no other deejay in Jamaica can follow.

The Magnum GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza 2007 show was a success. The sponsors especially Magnum Tonic Wines should be pleased with the product awareness that was created. The presence of the Japanese in droves is the rubber stamp that the show has finally arrive. I would expect that the Jamaica Tourist Board will finally endorse the show on their calendar of events for the South Coast. There were no rooms in the inns around Black River. The police were professional. Parking and Security were well arranged and effective. There was no mass gathering or flagmen on the stage. Worrall King the stage manager is among the best on the island. The Ruff Cut band was phenonomal and exceptional. Celebrities had seen backstage included Carlette Deleon and the Headline Entertainment crew, Colin Levy, Inspector Bernard, and Kingie from Big Yard, Ainsworth Davis, and Raumi Alkebulan among others. Publicity was handled by Howard Hendriks and the sulky one, Ralston Barrett.

There were some negatives. This was Christmas night and some of the artistes should just forget about the homosexuals and temper their venom. This was the season of comfort and joy. I noticed that some artistes were now begging for peace while they had just give glory to the gun a few days before. Are these waggonists or Hypocrites? Black River is called a ghost town and the soundtracks for violence could not be justified. Some deejays need to appreciate the words, melody and harmony. Their diatribes were monotonous. Missing in action were Vegas, Jimmy Riley, Etana, Spice, Mark Wonder, Admiral Tibet and Pressure. The amount of rural women consuming alcoholic beverages was alarming. I did not get the opportunity to whiff the scent of the blessed St Elizabeth High Grade. This show should be in the runnings for Show of the year. Congrats to the GT Promotions crew. See you next Christmas 2008.




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