Carlene Smith is Jamaica’s first Dancehall Queen noted for her fashionable exotic outfits and her signature dance move ‘The Butterfly’ in the 1980s to mid 1990s. Carlene was a solo performer that did many stage performance around the world and sold out venues as her fans fell in love with not only her dance style but they admired her appearance. Many described her as the uptown, brownin, clean-skin dancehall queen, who wore unique, outrageous, elaborate clothing, footwear and wigs.
She was crowned Dancehall Queen in 1992 after she and her sister Pinky competed against well known dancehall modelers in Jamaica. There were other Dancehall Queens before her but she got the national spotlight on a reign that was usually isolated to the Jamaican garrisons.
She was in a long term relationship with Dancehall Recording Artiste Beenie Man and they had a daughter together named Crystal. In 2006 Carlene Stated: “Beenie Man was, and will remain a part of my life in the future because we have a daughter together, and we still communicate. We’re friends.”
Carlene was featured as main dancer in several Music Videos including Byron Lee and the Dragonaires with Osar B and Admiral Bailey- “Soca Butterfly” and in 1992 dancehall Chaka Demus & Pliers – “Murder She Wrote” video wearing a gold costume and Blonde Wig.
SOCA BUTTERFLY (DANCEHALL SOCA ERA)
Smith was credited for the International Butterfly Dance and explains her endorsement deal with Slam Condoms in the 1997 edition of Vibes magazine Page 52.
You will see Carlene taking a turn in her life during her relationship with Beenie-Man in an African Outfit in his “Kette Drum” music video when he just started to grow is dread locks.
BEENIE MAN – “KETTE DRUM” Featuring Carlene
Lady Saw invited Carlene on stage in 1995 to do a special solo performance during her Sunsplash Performance. Carlene was dressed half naked and got loud cheers, when she turned her back to the audience and made her buttocks jump.
CARLENE PERFORMS WITH LADY SAW
In mid 2000, although no longer dancing, Carlene maintained media presence when she started her own Talk Show “Our Voices” which was aired on National TV CVM with her co-host Lisa Hanna, the 2013 Minister Of Youth and Culture in Jamaica’s Government Lisa Hanna and Miss World 1993.
In October 2013 the pioneer Carlene took the time out to participate in the Music Video Shoot for dancers anthem “We are The Dance” by Top Jamaican Dancehall Dancers: Sadike, Ding Dong, John Bling, Keiva, Boysie, Craigy Dread, Queen Latesha, Mad Michelly, Latonya Style and Lead Vocalist Don Frisco. Carlene’s name was mentioned in the song by Latonya Style: “Big up Carlene the Dancehall Queen… Part 1 of the video was shot in New York at 5 Points. Her support and presence on set delighted everyone.