Monday, November 16, 2009

Don Corleon drops female-only rhythm

It has been done before but Don Corleon plans to bring the women in dancehall to the forefront this Christmas with his all-female Feminine rhythm.

The rhythm, which was released recently, features artistes like Tifa, Kris Kelli, Ce'Cile, Deneque, Stacious, Cherine Anderson and Ishawna.

Corleon said he decided to do a rhythm with only women because he realised that there are usually few or no women on most rhythms.

"I decided to do it because there are a lot of women in the industry with talent and they don't get the exposure and the opportunity to work with a lot of producers. That's why I did this to strengthen the women in the industry," he told THE STAR, while noting that every song on the one-drop rhythm is different.

He, however, acknowledged that this was not the first as Ward 21 did an all-female rhythm, Dem Gal Sittin, early last year. That rhythm featured women like Lady Saw, Macka Diamond, Tifa, Timberlee, Natalie Storm, D'Angel, Stacious, Ms Ting, Ce'Cile, Lady G, Queen Paula and Spice.

Ishawna, whose song on the Feminine rhythm is called Good Love, says she is really pleased with what Corleon is trying to do for the females in dancehall.

"I think it is great because the females in the business really need that right now. It will show other producers that it can be a hit with only women on the rhythm. Other producers might wanna do something like this or add more females to their rhythm," she told THE STAR, while noting that she recently shot the video for her song I Want You.

And so far, Corleon says the rhythm has been doing well.

"It's is one of the most played rhythms on the radio now. It is getting a lot of response all over the world. It is time for women. I'm giving the women an opportunity to shine. It is going to benefit the women and show their versatility," Corleon said.

To help promote the beat, he says the female artistes have been promoting their songs on the rhythm at weekly events like Weddy Weddy, and they also made an appearance on Hype TV's Up and Live. In coming weeks, he said, "We will be touching the road and campaigning fully." And, a medley video for the beat will be released by year end.

But Corleon is still working with the male artistes, as he recently released the Pulse rhythm, which features artistes like Capleton, Munga, Flexxx, Savage, Professor, Mr Vegas, Elephant Man, Wayne Marshall, Vybz Kartel and others.

In addition, he is working on Gentleman's new album.

Source: Jamaica Star

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