A Jamaican dancehall drama set to hit YouTube Red, the streamer’s $10-per-month subscription service, has only one Jamaican actor. The Nick Cannon musical drama ‘King of the Dancehall,’ that is set to be released later this week stars Cannon along with Busta Rhymes, Whoopi Goldberg, and Louis Gossett Jr. The only Jamaican among the main characters is Kingston-born Jamaican newcomer, Kimberly Patterson.
Cannon wrote, directed, executive produced and stars in the film which had its world premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, he plays a Brooklynite who moves to Jamaica and falls for a local girl who introduces him to the world of Jamaican dancehall.
Cannon’s Ncredible Productions has partnered with YouTube Red, the streamer’s $10-per-month subscription service, to release the musical later this year.
“Music and dance are universal themes, and I’m excited to partner with YouTube to bring a story about the world’s sexiest dance tradition to its massive audience,” Cannon said Monday in a statement. “This film invites viewers into a vibrant yet little-known world outside of the Caribbean — the Jamaican dancehall. We assembled an amazing cast, mixed documentary footage from real-life dancehall scenes, and collaborated with music legends to bring King of the Dancehall to life.”
By NAN ET Editor