January 25, 2017 at 11:05 am #137938Jahkno!Keymaster
MAGNUM Tonic Wine is throwing its support behind deejay Devin Di Dakta and will be funding his journey to the 59th Grammy Awards at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 12 .
The artiste is part of the project Reggae for Her (Sly & Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta & JL) which was nominated in the Best Reggae category.
The company made a presentation to the deejay at J Wray & Nephew’s office in New Kingston last Friday.
Devin Di Dakta, who won season eight of the televised talent competition Magnum Kings & Queens of the Dancehall, said he is delighted with the support from the corporate entity.
“Is really Magnum mek everybody knows about me. We linked them (Magnum) and asked them to come on board. They are also funding a documentary about my journey,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
Reggae for Her (Sly & Robbie Presents Devin Di Dakta & JL) was released on September 23 and contains eight tracks.
He revealed how the collaborative album with singer JL came about.
“I was approached by Kazuhiko ‘Kaz’: Asonuma from Taxi Records. He spoke to me at a show in late 2015 and said he wanted me and JL to do a song. We did Ayo Ayo for the Sly & Robbie album The Reggae Power 2. He then suggested we work on an album,” said Devin Di Dakta.
He described working with Riddim Twins’ Sly & Robbie and Digicel Rising Stars alum JL.
“Working with Sly and Robbie, it’s real. They are real musicians and JL is a bad singer. It’s all great minds in one place,” he said.
He recalled recieving the news about the Grammy nominations.
“Imagine the morning after your birthday and the first thing you saw on social media was that you are part of a project nominated for a Grammy. All now mi nuh stop jump,” he said.
Tamika West, marketing manager for Magnum Tonic Wine, explained why the brand decided to throw its support behind Devin Di Dakta’s Grammy journey.
“Devin’s journey started at auditions for Magnum Kings & Queens of the Dancehall season eight and it took him straight to winning the title. We’re so proud to see this come through for him so we had to support that. We had to be sure to do it right for Devin and help him through his journey,” said West.
“Devin is dedicated. He has great management and he is a hard worker. He has the full package and there’s so much more ahead for him” she added.
The other nominees in the Best Reggae Album category of the 2017 Grammy Awards are J Boog’s Rose Petals, Ziggy Marley’s Ziggy Marley, Raging Fyah’s Everlasting, SOJA’s Live in Virginia, and Rebelution’s Falling into Place.