A day after Foota Hype rebuked some Jamaican female entertainers whom he said were using their platform to promote same-sex activities, Canadian LGBTQ group Pride Toronto has announced that Dancehall diva Spice will be the headline act for their Pride 2022 Festival celebrations in June next year.
According to the LGBTQ group, “the long-awaited return” of the event, will include all “signature favourites” including the annual Trans March, Dyke March, Bi+ Pride Programming, Blockorama by Blackness Yes, Pride Parade, StreetFair, and “multiple stages featuring over 300 2SLGBTQ+ artists”.
“It just got a lot more spicier in here!
🔥 The Queen of Dancehall and recent @moboawards nominee, @spiceofficial will be headlining #Pride2022! Visit PrideToronto.com/2022 for more info! What will you be wearing?” the organization posted on its Instagram page on Wednesday, alongside a photo of the Cool It artist.
On the organization’s website, Spice was hailed as the artist who would get the celebration’s ball a-rolling with her performance.
This will be the first in-person staging of the event in two years.
“Pride Toronto will kick off Festival Weekend with Jamaican-born dancehall recording artist, singer and songwriter Grace Hamilton, AKA Spice. Known as the “Queen of Dancehall”, Spice is recognized to be one of the biggest dancehall artists in the world….,” Pride Toronto noted in its description of the St. Catherine High School old girl.
According to the group, the festivities would “be organized in alignment with the City of Toronto’s Public Health recommendations”.
“The full month of programming will begin on June 1, concluding with the annual Festival Weekend on June 24-25-26, 2022,” they noted.
The organization said it was continuing a legacy which “is deeply intertwined with the rich, progressive history of Toronto’s queer community”.
It noted that the annual Pride parade began more than 50 years ago as a means of protest and “continues today to create community, celebrate achievements, and honour the history of the movement”.
Apart from Spice’s performance, the group said that it would have a City of Toronto Flag Raising on June 1, 2022, Cabana Pool Party on June 15, and an Island Party on June 19.
Foota Says “Everybaddy shakey”
Yesterday, outspoken Dancehall selector/producer Foota Hype had taken to Instagram, in the aftermath of Lila Iké’s confession that she’s “into women,” to issue a stern reprimand to Dancehall and Reggae artists, whom he said had ‘taken sides with Satan, and pushed God and righteousness aside’.
The monologue which he also posted on YouTube was titled “All Females In Jamaica Music On The Devil Side”.
“I am going to say something now that is going to garner me more enemies in di music,” Foota declared midway the post.
@footahypemusic then commented on a post for spice official saying ” in all my 20+ years as established product of Jamaica and dancehall and reggae music this is the first time I feel completely defeated, ashamed and embarrassed weak betrayed in my subconscious mind I was confident that two ppl I would never live to see do this was @spiceofficial and @grunggaadzilla this now drives a serious fear in my consciousness that all hope is lost this submission to the devil has become the new thing for dancehall artiste the new norm for our culture based on what I see going is that moral and values are no longer important the only thing that matters is MONEY the preservation of our music, culture and righteous values don’t count. Honestly on the name of the almighty I was banking on hope that no matter what @spiceofficial would never give in to something like I guess I was dead wrong. This is a big L for the ancestors of Jamaica and music given to us by the almighty money has officially poisoned and crippled our industry, well maybe this is a band show if not it would be sad that @spiceoffical wouldn’t consider the wellbeing and career of her dj after this, shame a kill mi god know.”
He said Cham had fallen victim to the men parading in the feminine getup, which had also resulted in him having to unfollow the Ghetto Story artist.
“Baby Cham, mi bredda, mistakenly put up a video weh him neva know she is a man neither and me, because a Baby Cham post it, I liked it, and mi she yuh know wha – unfalla. Caw a nuh me like di video ffa my own yuh know. A oonu mi a support… mi can follow artiste weh a post anything, caw yuh a infect mi space.