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‘We play music, but we don’t play’ - Scorpio, Dynamq promise ‘A’ game at Rebel Salute Dubplate Display

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMYasmine Peru/Senior Gleaner Writer
Dynamiq in action.
Jack Scorpio
Jack Scorpio on stage.

Tonight Rebel Salute will witness a glorious Dubplate Display with two selectors who have a lot of sauce – the legendary sound man Jack Scorpio of Black Scorpio fame and Dynamq, the Sudanese Child, also known as the notorious River Nile Crocodile from the Sudan.

“It’s a dub-fi-dub, where each selector plays his best dub, or special as it is also called. It’s not a clash, but in a sense it is a clash,” an excited Jack Scorpio told The Gleaner, explaining that in a real clash, the dub-fi-dub is the final segment and the most exciting.

Scorpio pointed out that although the Dubplate Display is a friendly thing, “each selector wants to play the better dub to get the best response”. Scorpio says he is prepared, and will be bringing his ‘A’ game, but so too will Dynamq. The Sudanese Child told The Gleaner that he would be flying into Jamaica this morning, and he would be bringing an element of surprise.

“We want to show the world how we Africans deal with the Jamaican culture. Before we play Jamaican music, we have to research it, study it and respect it. It’s not a clash, it’s a dubplate showcase,” Dynamq said. “But we are definitely going to give the people top-notch entertainment,” he insisted.

The selector, who has won several clashes, including the 2018 US King of Rumble sound clash, and who recently placed second on the Welcome to Jamrock Cruise clash, says he is honoured to be working alongside Scorpio. “I grew up listening to him. And when I was on the cruise and he invited me to play alongside him, I could not believe it. He was like, ‘Yes youth, just come play some tune and enjoy it.’ I was that kid in the candy store. Then I saw him dancing to my dubs. I felt like his son,” Dynamq stated.

But, despite these familial feelings, Dynamq sent out a stern message, “We play music, but we don’t play.”

Scorpio, despite hailing Dynamq as a youth whom he respects, is also in no playing mood and insists that he is “tekking it serious”.

“Me and him met on the cruise and we developed a good relationship. But let me tell you something about relationships. Nobody is bigger friends than me and King Jammy’s, but when we meet at big lawn, we are rivals,” he said.


Tonight’s line-up

Artistes performing on the Rebel Salute stage tonight include Richie Spice, Chronic Law, Jack Radics, Jahbar I, George Nooks, Anthony B, The Meditations, Queen Ifrica, Mortimer, I Octane, Jesse Royal, I Wayne, Louie Culture, Lady G, Mikey Spice, Errol Dunkley, Jack Scorpio, Steven Blake, Tony Tuff, Wayne Wade, Imeru Tafari, Hopeton James, Rhoda Isabella, Leba Hibbert, Benjy Myaz, Mischief, Dynamq Sound, Tafasta