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House of Dancehall, beehive of activity

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Monday, June 19, 2017

A live show headlined by Beenie Man and Carlene (of Dancehall Queen fame) kicks off a busy schedule of events at the House of Dancehall in Kingston.

Dubbed 'Satdeh Nite Live', the show is scheduled for June 24 at the venue which once housed Green Gables Theatre.

Keecha Gooch, a spokesperson for Whirlwind Entertainment Group which owns House Of Dancehall, told the Jamaica Observer that a number of events are on the calendar.

“With Carlene as ambassador and helping to coordinate at least two weekly events (Sex and Dancehall on Tuesday) and Throw Back Thursday (House of Leo style) plus the return of Inner City Dub on Mondays we will be busy,” she said.

There will also be a Jamaica Independence Cup Sound Clash on August 4, Miss Jamaican Independence Dancehall and Slow Wine Sunday Street Dance.

Saturday's gig reunites, in public, dancehall's power couple of the 1990s. Beenie Man was on top of his game as a hitmaker, while Carlene's revealing costumes and suggestive dance moves made her one of the genre's successful brands.

On June 30, the theatre at the same venue hosts another reunion, that of veteran actors Oliver Samuels and Volier Johnson in the play Frenemy.

The duo revisit their Oliver and Maffy characters which were widely popular during the 1990s. Fans were introduced to them through Oliver At Large, a comedy that aired on Television Jamaica.

Frenemy is a joint production between Samuels and Audrey Reid, Lakeisha Ellison and Dennis Titus complete the cast.

House Of Dancehall opened last year and has hosted live concerts by Sizzla, Assassin, Bugle and Masicka.

The plays, Cock Tales by Debra Ehrhardt and Actor Boy-nominated Tek Yuh Han Off A Mi, also had a run there.