Roshane "Ishane" Lewis turned 23 on Labour Day 2011. The Spanish Town native describes himself as easy-going, ambitious, focused and extremely determined. Ishane's determination is obvious with his appearance at 10 auditions spanning over all 4 seasons of Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall competition. "Girls with ambition want a man with ambition," is a line from the single "Ambition" that landed Ishane on the Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall stage.
Hailing from Enfield, St Mary, 22 year old Sagittarian Kimoy Graham, known on the Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall stage as J R Daine is poised for greatness with his melody. J R Daine "fears no one" and uses that as his guiding principle in the competition. He describes himself as versatile, with an unusual style, filled with lyrics and melody, and is committed to giving people something they can listen to without profanity. "It’s all about a positive message," gave the sing-jay who got called to the Magnum stage after performing "New Year".
Drawing from his experiences and environment, Specialist, the stage name of Orane Wilson, has become known for his cool, calm and melodious delivery. The singjay who confesses, "I don't have a big rough voice", has been busy packing his music each week with positive uplifting songs. Specialist believes in drawing from his environment to help others to see positive routes to life's goals and be inspired. His emotional delivery of "Mother Cry", that celebrates the strength of his mother, was the song that won him favour to the competition.
The Clarendon favourite seems to have a calm personality, but when Latoya Reynolds is put aside Latty Fabulous emerges and attacks the stage. The fiery spirit of this December born Sagittarian notes that she's happy to have reached this far and will continue hunting for the top spot and million dollar prize. The extremely determined and focused 25 year old got through to the Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall, when she deejayed the song "Bun Fi Bun".
Nioma, the only cultural reggae artiste left in the competition, has been described as a blend of Etana, Queen Ifrica & Tanya Stephens and known to belt out emotive performances. This sing-jay describes herself as "less than aggressive than everyone else, but with a difference." Born Olivia Mitchell to her parents, she represents the Windward Road, Kingston 16 area in the competition and claims she brings a different element to the competition. Producing touching and motivating songs week after week Nioma says she's very lyrical and can't wait until the clash to show a different side of her: "I'm ready for anyone, any contestant I get I'll take on. Not because I sing means I can’t clash."
Versatile and not afraid to step outside the musical box and deliver is how 20 year old Daniella Mannings known as Shuneal Sassy describes herself. Born at St Joseph's Hospital, the wildcard contestant says she is representing Kingston and Waterford. Shuneal Sassy was selected to return to the competition as Professor Nuts’ Wild Card when she deejayed her "Hot Girls Don't Tek Bad Up" song. The December born Sagitarian says she was built to entertain and Jamaica can expect the best and the unexpected.
Originally from Red Hills, but now residing in Waterford, Portmore, Stylsh describes herself as one with a split personality. She is divided between Stylish and Stacie Ann Lamoth, her birth name. Stylsh is the excited one, with lots of vibes who is hardcore and adventurous, while Stacie Ann Lamoth is more laid back and cautious, always saying “go and finish your Finance & Accounting degree at University College of the Caribbean”. The 23 years was called back as the Producer's Wild Card picked after performing, "It’s a buss me a look not a van or truck." The split personality contestant thinks her biggest competitor is Nioma and is strongly anticipating a clash with her.
From a Central Village address out of Spanish Town, Yabalicious or Samantha Jones, as she is known by birth, say she's tough and going after the million dollars. "Yuh Fi Chat Seh" was the ticket she rode to get in the competition, a song she wrote out of anger when she wasn't on good terms with a friend. She describes herself as strong, motivated and determined. "Me a pepper, them a ketchup, can they keep up," she asked of her other contestants, before revealing that Nioma is her biggest competition and who she wants to clash with.
Watch Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall every Saturday at 9:30PM live on TVJ. Only 4 live shows left for the 2011 Magnum King and Queen to be revealed at the final show on June 18.