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Spotlight on Minx
By Lady Zimma & Miss Mention, Dainty Crew
(more articles from this author)
2001-10-09
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Tammy Michelle Ben-Eliezer was born 23 years ago in the US to Israeli parents. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and on the British West Indies island of Montserrat. While in Montserrat she was given the moniker, Minx.

By the age of 14 Minx was DJing and about a year later she began to see DJing as a profession rather than a hobby. Between the ages of 18 and 20 she was a member of the group that were collectively known as WIZDOM. Her role was playing keyboards, singing and also DJing on a few tunes.

Minx considers herself to be, "breaking into the industry as a solo artist" and she doesn't want to pigeon-hole herself into any one category because "that would limit my future capabilities. At the present time, I SingJ and DJ".

One single entertainer cannot be given the credit for inspiring Minx on her musical path but she said "the love for the music was instilled in me from living in the Caribbean". Although she states that she listened to Sister Carol, Sister Nancy, Shabba Ranks, Louie Rankin, Ninjaman, Angie Angel and Tiger prior to and after she started DJing.

Minx enjoys listening to the current crop of Reggae artists as well as Soul artists with the likes of Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige and Toni Braxton topping her list of favourites. She is also partial to Hip-Hop and Calypso.

Mr. Vegas doesn't know it but he has a big admirer in Minx. Also they have something in common, they both had accidents with their jaws. Minx's jaw has been dislocated since she was 18 years old due to a problem with her wisdom teeth.

Minx's love for music doesn't stop at just performing she used to host the TV show, Reggae Panorama. She would introduce videos and interview Reggae artists such as Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Capleton, Shabba Ranks and Maxi Priest to name a few. She also had an involvement in assisting with editing some of the shows.

Minx has collaborated with a number of R&B artists and has written approximately 99% of her own lyrics with the other 1% been written by producers and sound systems when they have given their input to change her lyrics for dubplate purposes. Her lyrics centre around her own and other people's experiences. She would never chat lyrics about Jamaica unless she had first hand knowledge on the subject. This way she feels that people will take her seriously.

Minx has performed at several stage shows including US Sunsplashes and Caribbean Festivals while she was with the WIZDOM Band. She now resides in Brooklyn, New York and has been pushing out her name globally with the help of voicing dubs for the likes of BSG (New York), Fusion Hi Power (England), David Rodigan (England) and Nicetime International (Germany). She advises up and coming DJs to get themselves known through talent shows on the off chance that people in the industry may attend these type of events looking for new, young talent.

Since living in New York she has performed at The Flex Entertainment Showcase at Tropical Reflections, The Palm Court with artists such as Stormy and the Atom Band, Sammy Dread, Devon Clarke, StonyBrook College, The Lions Den, Club Rios near Madison Square Garden, and last October, The Cutting Room on West 24th St. Manhattan where she was the featured artist. Minx has performed around the US East Coast but would like to perform around the world because she loves people and gets along with all nations.

Due to Reggae being male dominated DaintyCrew.com posed the question to Minx on the subject of woman having to fight to get respect from the men in the Reggae business. "Yes and No...It is kind of a difficult question since I am such a stubborn gyal. I feel that all men are different. And the way a woman is treated in society as a whole depends upon how she presents herself to others".

Between June 1999 and June 2000 Minx was signed to All Positive Music Group, who are the New York Street Promotion Team for VP Records. She severed ties with them due to her feeling that they were not doing anything to establish her name on the Dancehall scene.

None of Minx's tunes have been commercially released as yet, but the tunes that seem to be getting the most forwards in a dance are 'Beautiful Lady', 'Some Man', 'Big up de gyals dem', and 'Jah Love'.

Minx gets a buzz from being in front of a crowd and the bigger the crowd the more boastful she is. She "loves attention and letting people experience my point of view". Her dislikes of being a DJ/SingJ are "the struggles and stresses of trying to make it. I am known to be impatient and this gyal wants to bust the dancehall scene now"!

Minx has been crowned the Queen of More Fire upon joining forces with "positive men from Jamaica....all Rastaman by heart and soul...they live with Jah in mind and spirit", The More Fire Crew consists of Riff Raff, Versatile, Deany Culture, Warrior and of course the lady herself.

When not performing Minx has another career outside of the music industry, handling admissions and administration at a very prestigious private school for young children. Keep listening out for Minx because she believes, "I haven't even begun to accomplish what I want to do in the industry. One day I want to have my own record label so that I can bring out other artists and not just Reggae artists but everything from Reggae to R&B, Hip Hop, Drum and Bass, Rock, etc".

Minx is an ambitious and smart lady so don't be taken aback when you find out she has fulfilled her long time dream of owning her own fashion label, getting her first single out to the commercial markets, being an internationally known Reggae artist and completing a Masters Degree. She already has a Bachelors Degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting with a minor in Psychology so she's part way there.

For anyone who will be attending this year's Notting Hill Carnival held in London, England Minx will be performing around Fusion Hi-Power on 26th and 27th August 2001. Minx is currently hoping to secure a distribution deal for her new CD single. Hopefully after a successful performance at the carnival she might be able to attract a few offers. By the time of the carnival this impatient lady might have the distribution deal in the bag. She has assured us, "I have many surprises in store and not just for the Reggae fans".

To be kept informed of what Minx is up to check out her website at www.geocities.com/minxyboo/minx.html. To book Minx contact Marcus Black Entertainment, DON1MARCUS@aol.com, or call (347) 432-9582. Alternative contacts are Mark via his pager on 9081006220@pagenetmessage.net or Gean Webb on 917-836-2196 or via email on webb-rotmistrengo@PENNIE.COM. You can also email Minx direct at minx1998@yahoo.com.


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