Jamaican singer tops Caribbean and Latam in new TropicSpin contest | Entertainment
Jamaican singer-songwriter Janine ‘Jkuhl’ Coombs has answered the call from Arawak Media and CaribMagPlus for musicians and artists from the Caribbean and Central America to submit their music videos for consideration as part of the first Tropic Spin Music and Song Competition. With a little help from her family, friends and fans, Coombs emerged as the winner of the solo category, taking home a prize of US$1,500.
“I filed the Coffee music video, one of many songs I’ve written, but the first song I’ve self-produced and released. It’s the first and only song of mine to have a music video, and I did it here at home,” Coombs revealed.
On July 23, the contest was broadcast on the Caribbean Magazine Plus Facebook page and YouTube page, CaribMag TV and the Caribbean Cyber Stream. Viewers were asked to vote for their favorite submissions, so all entrants were encouraged to ask their friends and fans to tune in. For this first iteration of the contest, there were only two categories, solo and group. Group category winner, Ghetto Crew featuring Queen Tifa (Suriname) with their entry titled N’e Srib in Osowalked away with US$3,000.
Coombs’ family and friends have done more than just connect. “As an independent artist, you have to finance everything yourself because I’m not signed to a label to invest capital, so I have to invest in myself. In that sense, I have to work hard to get the funds, stretch them and use the resources I have,” she explained. As she banked her resources, her friends and family rallied in support.
Coombs shared, “I had to save for months, for almost a year, to record with friends. I didn’t pay them much as funds were low, but they were happy to bring the music to life. I would record the musicians, edit and send [them] to my friend Daniel Singer to mix and master. It’s like that Coffee was born, with very good friends who gave me their time. These are people who have always been enthusiastic about my music. Everyone said yes! Friends and family made it possible; they made it possible.
The accompanying music video was also made by family and friends. Directed by Marz Jackson, the official music video for Coffee is a curtain raiser for the jazz-influenced singer, whose performances depict sexy, shaded figures and images of rapturous, enthralled lovers, matching the sultry tone and mood perfectly. elegance of Coombs.
“With these earnings, I will invest in another music video. Whatever I make music, I put it back into the music. I must have saved months, almost a year of my own capital,” she said, regaling the shared experience of independent artists and other creatives around the world. “I thought if I could be part of a label, but a lot of labels want someone who is established. I have to create my own road and my own label, but things take time.
Producer, media host, music publicist, vocal performance coach and actress, this multifaceted creator is also a project coordinator and researcher documenting the lives and works of Jamaican composers for the Music Unites Jamaica Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation by documenting Jamaica’s musical heritage. Her eclectic love for different musical genres can be heard fused together in her albums. star gaze (2009) and gentle rocking (2020). She has a new kind of alternative songwriting and musical arrangements that audiences enjoy all over the world.
Janine has been featured on local Jamaican television, radio and international programs such as the Global News Network. CNN Voice of the Pandemic. Coombs has been a guest panelist on various international forums and was a featured artist at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Virtual Festival 2021 and the Global Inauguration Caribbean Party for Kamala Harris, America’s first female Vice President.
In addition to being selected as Top Solo Artist for the 2022 TropicSpin Music and Song Competition for the Caribbean and Latin America, Coombs is the recipient of the MUZAK Heart and Soul Foundation Music Summer Camp, held in Los Angeles, in the USA ; the Sama Sama Bali 2020 Residency held in Bali Indonesia and the Catapult Caribbean Creative Grant in 2020 and 2022.