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Jamaica comes to the Silly Market

Nyesha MekaDayz, left, and her sister Tanisha SunnyMarz are the co-founders of 11 Hauz Productions, which promotes Jamaican music and dance. 11 Hauz will present a couple of programs at the Park Silly Sunday Market on June 23, Aug. 25 and Sept. 15. (Photo by Heidi Gress)

Park Silly Sunday Market will get its Jamaican groove on when 11 Hauz Productions kicks off the event tomorrow, June 23.

The production company’s co-founder Nyesha MekaDayz will open the day with a 45-minute dancehall demonstration workout on the Main Stage beginning at 10 a.m.

"This is not just something where people will just sit and watch," MekaDayz said during an interview with The Park Record. "They will be able to get involved and by that I mean they will be able to come up on stage and join me, and we’ll be working it out."

Dancehall is a Jamaican style of music that features a heavy hip-hop element in the mix, MekaDayz said.

The morning session isn’t the only island-influenced performance at the market that day.

At 1:15 p.m., after acoustic duo Joy & Eric wrap their set, MekaDayz will be joined by her sister and 11 Hauz co-founder, Tanisha SunnyMarz, for a 30-minute performance, which will feature seven dance selections.

"We’ll have a kids group that will dance with us that were sent to us by Allie Sherman at Dance Tech Studios," MekaDayz said. "The group’s average age is 16. We felt it was important to get kids involved in these types of projects, because there is so much talent here.

"Plus, there is so much choreography that had to be done and I couldn’t do it all," she said. "I know if I tried, it would be so hard to do and I don’t want to run the risk of recycle anything I’ve already done."

The dancing is a high-impact performance, SunnyMarz said.

"We’re using a lot of the big muscles in our bodies and it gets the heart rate up," she said. "But we’re confident the young dancers will do it right. They are young and passionate, and, above all, sassy."

MekaDayz’s niece Yaya will sing and music mixmaster Exogeenist will lay down some original beat demos during the performance.

SunnyMarz will also sing her new song "Red Light," which she has been working on the past few months in New York.

"I’m currently editing a music video for it," she said.

The framework of the program was culled from the sisters’ winter production called "Decorate Di Dancefloor: Raw" that they presented at Bar Deluxe in Salt Lake City.

"A lot of people didn’t get to see it here in Park City, so we decided to redo some of the pieces for Park Silly," SunnyMarz said. "The performance is very colorful, because we Jamaicans love our reds, greens and yellows."

In keeping things with in their family, MekaDayz and SunnyMarz asked their cousin Swainson Holness to perform on keyboards and add some mixes on a sampling board.

"My music for the first show will be mainly the beats, but for the next two, we hope to add more elements of what I do to really stretch things out," Holness said. "The idea is to start off slow and work up to a big finish."

"It’s a half-hour showcase, but it will be full of energy and pretty awesome," MekaDayz said.

This Sunday’s performances offer a glimpse of other Silly Market performances produced by 11 Hauz.

On Aug. 25 and Sept. 15, the sisters will be joined by their father, Errol Grant, the singer of the Patwa Reggae Band.

"He’s going to do a song with us, as Willie Hep," MekaDayz said. "So the show will be billed as Willie Hep, MekaDayz, SunnyMarz and Yaya doing a family song."

11 Hauz got involved with Park Silly Sunday Market when MekaDayz went to pick up an application for her mother, who wanted to cook during the event.

"I teach a dance class at Herbal Life, which is near the Park Silly Sunday offices, and I went to the Park Silly offices to pick up an application," she said. "I got talking with the Silly people and they asked us to do something for them, and booked us for three shows. So, this just fell right into our laps."

The main goal for these performances is to communicate to the community through dance and music that 11 Hauz Productions can present these performances for anyone, MekaDayz said.

"We’re taking elements of a dance studio and a night-club performance and mixing them together," she said. "If people want us to perform at their events or parties, they can do that.

Holness agreed.

"Most of the stuff people will see us doing is a little different than a regular concert," he said. "We’ve been working on this for years."

The Park Silly Sunday Market, an eco-friendly open-air market, street festival and community forum where neighbors and friends come together, will be Sundays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Sept. 22. The Park Silly Sunday Market, which is free and open to the public, offers local art and crafts, live music, food, drinks and other entertainment for all ages. For more information, visit http://www.parksillysundaymarket.com .

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