Saturday 21 July, 2018

'Dancehall Queen' Carlene awarded for 'outstanding contribution' to industry

Jamaica's first 'Dancehall Queen', Carlene Smith was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the Dancehall industry at the 1st annual “Queens of Reggae Island Honorary Ceremonies” on Sunday at the Courtleigh auditorium in Kingston.

Carlene was among eight Jamaican women who were recognized for their artistic efforts in their various fields.

"I am elated and honoured to be selected among these outstanding and great women, including the (Entertainment and Culture) Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Sister Nancy, a legendary dancehall artiste, and Audrey “Goodas” Farquharson, dancehall fashion designer," Carlene said, adding that "This honorary event is a great initiative for the Dancehall/Reggae Industry in Jamaica, especially being that this industry is a male-dominated space... this will help to highlight the creativity and hard work of women in the performing arts field who are not recognized enough for their work."

In the 1990’s, Carlene was a trendsetter in the dancehall with her exotic fashionable outfits. Many performers presently are inspired by her fashion and signature dance moves such as the “Butterfly,” which to this day is one of Jamaica's most memorable dances.

Carlene was the most popular video vixen of her era. Among the videos she was featured in are Chaka Demus & Pliers' Murder She Wrote and Byron Lee & The Dragonaires' Scoa Butterfly.