On Thursday night, break out up and coming artist, Bayli Mckeithan, brought the fire to her performance at the new Mondrian Hotel for her album release party. The 24-year-old is no stranger to the industry, formerly known as lead singer of The Skins, a crew of New York School of Rock classmates whose debut EP ‘Still Sleep’ put them on the map.
Born and raised in Bed Stuy and a LaGuardia High School alum, Bayli spent the last few years performing with her band, The Skins, opening for acts such as Albert Hammond Jr. and Jake Bugg. During this time, Bayli continued to collaborate with artists’ Justin Tranter, The Heavy, & D.R.A.M., recording and carefully fine-tuning her sound into a singular vision.
Her debut solo album, “MYOB: Or Whatever” (“Mind Your Own Business”) is all about moving beyond the judgement of others and focusing on celebrating yourself. It was craftdly produced by Alex Hope, who has worked with singers, Troye Sivan and Tove Lo and co-written with Justin Tranter who has written for Justin Bieber, as well as Selena Gomez. The track exemplifies her genre defying sound, “MYOB: Or Whatever,” is her first song as a solo artist.
At Bayli’s exclusive DJ set and performance, the crowd raved in excitement as she took center stage, climbing up onto the lounge table and started her set. The energy only continued to pulsate the room as the Brooklyn artist pulled out her guitar and rocked the night away. The crowd couldn’t get enough, and they lost it as she started the single. They sang and dance uninhibitedly to the heavy bass and energy inducing performances.
Dancehall culture has long influence modern music in the U.S.A., England, and now many African Countries. However, sometimes, Dancehall has been misunderstood as something dirty that the teens do when they go to the clubs. Bruk Out!, a documentary about dancehall, changes any misconceptions about Dancehall, its origins, and what it means to many of the dancers who take part in its community.
The film took a major look into the Dancehall scene from a woman’s prospective. Director, Cori Wapnowska, captured a side of the whole dance craze with an endearing approach that focused on several dancers on their way to the Dancehall championships in Jamaica. Each dancer went through many difficulties to live the life style of a Dancehall Queen while dealing with prejudices from their families and society.
After seeing this film, I must say that I was rather impressed. Cori weaves a interesting story that is a tribute to her amazing presentation style and film skills. The film changed my views on the dancehall dance style. For the first time, I saw a film that humanized the dancers instead of just presenting them as objects of desire as seen in every music video.
At the end of the film, the audience applauded. Cori had crafted a winner. Go see the film. Go buy the film. Go support Cori. Bruk Out! was one of the most enjoyable films I have seen all year, and I am not just talking about the dancing.
Also, we happened to have a dancehall queen in attendance. DHQ BRAT of Queen Moves. Check her out as she does a headstand at the Bruk Out premiere. Her website and information can be found below. The image set.
Below you will find a link to an interview with Cori Wapnowska and ReggaeCity. Read about the film maker’s view on the film and more. Special thanks to Reggae-City providing reggae news on the East and West Coast.
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