Turntables, laptops, vinyl, cd’s, broken record needles and two musical rivalries set the tone for KREM’s King of the Tables 2010. King of the Tables 2010 started Friday July 2nd at the KREMANDALA compound with two of KREM Radio’s veteran DJs, Mr. Talk Loud and draw crowd Bigga Ford and the turntables’ youngest veteran Hard Rock.
The two monsters went at it in a 15-minute spin off then a “tune-fi-tune”; 5 dubs a piece! Bigga Ford made news, Hard Rock News, with a humorous rendition of KREM Radio’s 6 o’clock news piece – Bigga Ford in court, charged with Bad Mind! Bigga Ford came back with a stiff right hook, a dub from Belizean artist Young-C ” Bigga Ford kill sound fi free, Bigga Ford kill Hard Rock fi FREE”.
The aspiring DJ’s came to see their competition, and to take notes on how to “lick off dih tune”. Spectators from around the city as well as out-district made their way Back-A-Di Zinc Fence to witness performances from Blackberry, Young-C, True Reality, and Mr. Programme.
Bigga Ford, the strong voiced MC of the KREM grown music fraternity Da Dignitariz, over the years has run the party scene at various clubs in the city. Hard Rock was a Dignitariz frat boy as well before fully steering his own sound crew; Rock Hard Sounds, which has become an international favorite.
Now having some background on these two titans with at least 20 years combined DeeJaying experience, you could have shared in our prediction of who plays bigger. As for the 15 DJ’s who entered into this year’s King of the Tables, one would prove himself to be top-notch…True king!
Rain or shine, the show had to go on and despite the rainy months, every week of the competition saw some character or the other. Crowds who gathered on KREMANDALA’s rooftop saw favorite local personality BEANS get down dirty to old-school reggae, one underestimated village boy spun dub plates from international artist Mavado. Belizean artists were no stranger to the KREM stage as they rolled in week after week, but this time, the spotlight wasn’t theirs.
After four weeks of Dj’s falling short of their opponent and others rising to the top, King of the Tables made its way to its semi-final round. By this time, one over-night celebrity could have been placed on the list of KREM originals and that’s the 4pm tamales. Hot and with just the right amount of spice for that umph, the 4pm tamales almost became the headliner for every week’s competition.
Fun and joke aside, the semi-final round was a round for Dj’s to put on their game-faces, turn up their mics and let the tunes play! Things started to get heavy as the eight remaining DJ’s smelt that BZ$2,500 grand prize as strong as burnt vinyl. Dj’s started getting more creative, pulling out their inner pranksters. If my memory serves me right, even a pack of baby diapers were thrown in the mix!
With just over three months gone by, October 8th marked the day that the KING OF THE TABLES claimed his rightful title. Out of 14 other aspiring disc jockeys, Dj Kid proved victorious and $2,500 richer! After dominating 2nd place winner Dj Breds and 3rd place Dj Kyo, Dj Kid can now look forward to his own show on KREM Radio, I don’t think a deal comes any sweeter than that! And as for those other Dj’s, There’s always next year.
KREM Radio wishes to thank its sponsors who contributed to the success of King of the Tables 2010. They are DigiCell, Oceana in Belize, Social Security Board, San Cas and Buddy Brown International.
Article by Kimberly Timmons