The Top Form Podcast

54 EpisodesProduced by Donovan Watkis Podcast

Life lessons and experiences from influential personalities, artists, actors, public figures and athletes who are ahead of their time and worthy of yours. In their own words they share what they learned in their professional and personal lives with host JR Watkis . Follow Jr on IG and Twitter @jrwat… read more

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Rest In Peace Nipsey Hussle: The Marathon Continues

April 1st, 2019


Episode 54. Peace and blessings to the family of Nipsey Hustle. Ermias Davidson Asghedom (August 15, 1985 – March 31, 2019), known professionally as Nipsey Hussle (often stylized as Nipsey Hu$$le), was an American …

Storm Saulter Talks Film Making

March 29th, 2019


Episode 53- Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica, on a mission to create universal stories wrapped in the complex …

Buju Banton : Becoming an Icon and Changing The Game of Reggae Music.

March 25th, 2019


Episode 52. In this episode, JR gives his review of the Buju Banton Long Walk to Freedom concert and how he is changing the game of reggae music. Cover Photo by Jik-Reuben Pringle @jikrueben


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March 22nd, 2019


In this episode I talk with Denyque, singer, brand and social media influencer. Episode 51


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#50 Baby Cham

February 26th, 2019


In this episode I have a conversation with Baby Cham. Reggae-Dancehall superstar. He is one of the most commercially successful artist to come out of …

#49 How to be a Makeup and product Influencer with Safai Kelly

February 16th, 2019


Safai Kelly is painting the world with her influence in the makeup world. The daughter of music producer Dave Kelly is working on movies with Jill Scott and working on Life Time Network and Netflix movie. She explains …

#48 How does the IMF works? Monetary policy for Dummies.

February 12th, 2019


In this episode Dr. Constant Longkeng Ngouana, gives a Keynote address at the Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal, Jamaica about the role of …

Episode 47: Nightly Fix Interview

February 7th, 2019


In this Episode it’s a reverse interview with Nightly Fix hosts. We discuss Jay Z, culture, Vybz Kartel, Usain Bolt, how to make


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Bruce Golding #46

January 29th, 2019


Episode 46. In this episode former Prime Minister of Jamaica Bruce Golding gives a speech about the state of education in Jamaica and suggests …

Season 2: Episode 45- Damian Marley

January 12th, 2019


In this Episode JR talks with Damian Marley. They talk about his musical journey, the changes in the entertainment business and how artists might grow their brands.


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Can Reggae Music go beyond Bob Marley’s legacy? - Episode 44.

December 10th, 2018


Bob Marley’s legacy lives on, but is time for the Grammy voters and lobbyists to recognize other viable newcomers and heroes in the genre? Some people say that if a Marley is nominated for a Grammy no one else can win …

Episode 43. “Popularity don’t make money”, XFactorUK winner, Dalton Harris, and Jamaican music.

December 5th, 2018


In this episode Jenny Jenny and JR Watkis talk about what a record deal means for a TV show competition. The recent #XfactorUK win by Jamaican singer Dalton Harris is examined and his record deal is unpacked.


Episode 42- How to brand yourself at a spiritual level and cast away doubts.

November 13th, 2018


Episode 42. In this episode Jr gives a keynote on personal branding in front of a live audience in Kingston Jamaica. He touches on the reason people doubt themselves and shares techniques to improve confidence and bring …

How third world countries can boost their creative economy.

November 7th, 2018


Episode 41. In this episode Jr is interviewed on an article he wrote about boosting the creative economy in Jamaica. Interview takes place at the University Of the West Indies radio station.


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Ding Dong makes happy music, he talks buying YouTube views and corporate partnerships.

October 17th, 2018


Episode 40. JR chats with Kemar Christopher "Ding Dong" Dwaine Ottey (born September 29, 1980) is a dancehall reggae artist and dancer. He was a dancer before becoming a Jamaican DJ (artiste) and dancehall reggae …

Sean Paul on Jay Z diss and secret formula for music success

October 7th, 2018


Episode 39- In this episode JR counts down the top songs in Jamaica, Canada, USA, UK and the world on YouTube and Spotify Charts. He interviews Sean …

Kimberly Patterson- Acting in a lead role with Nick Cannon

October 4th, 2018


Episode 38 of the Top Form Podcast features Kimberly Patterson. Known for her breakout role as Maya Fenster (lead female actress) in Nick Cannon's …

Cat Coore gives musical lessons after 40 years in music.

October 3rd, 2018


In this episode Jr talks with ep. 37: Third World Band meaner Cat Coore on the heels of his latest album and single. He gives a revisionist history of Reggae Music and shares is disappointment with Dancehall artist’s …

Gary Matalon On living limitless and Franchising Usain Bolt

September 25th, 2018


Episode 36 in this episode Jr talks with Gary Matalon, the CEO of KLE group. Gary has built businesses from the ground up. He is launching the first Franchise business from Jamaica in the UK in October. He shares …

Wayne Marshall Talks God,Music and Managing A Blended Family

September 16th, 2018


In this episode JR talks with Wayne Marshall about his career as a musician and how he managed to remain relevant after all these years. Wayne Mitchell, better known by his stage name Wayne Marshall, is a reggae and …

Tami Chin Mitchell on her lessons in music and marriage

September 12th, 2018


Episode 34- Tami Chin speaks on her choices in the music business, signing to universal records, marriage to Wayne Marshall, and shares the …

Tyrone Wilson on how to raise US$350,000 to fund your dreams

September 10th, 2018


Episode 33. In this episode Jr Watkis talks with Tyrone Wilson, the President and CEO of eMedia Interactive Group Limited. A digital media and …

Arnold Betram talks education,technology emancipation

September 4th, 2018


Episode 32. Author Arnold Betram unpacks the first 100 year period after Jamaica’s independence and its impact in modern society.


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Think like an Entrepreneur, Act Like an Creative

August 29th, 2018


Episode 31 in this episode JR talks about 7 things artist can do to generate more money with their music. To support his podcast email . This episode is sponsored by Zedoj Group of Companies.

Ep 30 JodiAnne Murdock talks about life as an entrepreneur

August 21st, 2018


JodiAnne Murdock is a Wedding Planner, car enthusiast and aspiring Television producer. She is the CEO of the Zedoj Red Ties and stilettos weekend 2018 at the Riu resort Ocho Rios, Jamaica on September 29-30. She shares …

Ep 29- Khago talks new gospel album and new label

August 10th, 2018


In this episode Dancehall/ Reggae artist Khago talks his new single and album "Spirit". In his own words he highlight his reason for going independent and talking his career in his own hands by launching his record …

Ep 28 No-Maddz talk working with Idris Elba,Music and Movies

August 9th, 2018


In this episode Reggae musicians and actors, No-Maddz talk about their life and career as sings, actors, and poets. They share why the group is now only two members from the original either and their now personal …

Episode 27- Jamaican comedy album

August 7th, 2018


In this episode, JR plays the comedy album Breadfruit Tree. Written and Executive Produced by Donovan Watkis. Performed and written by Iceman (Now Slashe)


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Ep 26- From thought to reality

August 1st, 2018


In this latest episode, JR gives a lecture at the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He explores the road to turning your …

Ep 25 - Everyone wants to be a Jamaican but not be Jamaican.

July 15th, 2018


In this episode we examine the disparities between Jamaicans living in Jamaica and those who move off the island.


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Ep 24 Rre on her Reggaeton, collabs with Sizzla and Mavado

July 4th, 2018


Reggae soul singer Rre chops it up about her career in music, her collaborations with Sizzla and Mavado, Making Reggaeton music and her latest single …

Ep 23- Jeremiah Knight Talks Family, Food and Diplomat Life

June 28th, 2018


In this episode, I interview with Jerimiah Knight. Public relations officer at the United States Embassy Kingston Jamaica. He talks about his journey into public life, his love for cooking, family and his global …

Episode 22- Scott Dunn conversation: Dream Weekend Managing Director

June 19th, 2018


Scott Dunn Episode. Scott is the managing director of Dream Weekend. He is a businessman with over a decade of experience in planning events.


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Ep 21. No Violence in Love Campaign- Clarendon stop Jun 6, 2018

June 6th, 2018


In this latest episode, the No Violence In Love Campaign stops in Clarendon at the BustaMante High School to speak with the girls at the school. …

Episode 20- Krystal Tomlinson. Jun 5, 2018

June 5th, 2018


In this episode Krystal Tomlinson talks about life with Beenie Man, juggling politics, leadership and childhood lessons.


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Ep-19 Kanye West's "Ye" album review, World Music Views -Jun 2, 2018

June 2nd, 2018


In this latest episode Kanye West's new album "Ye" is reviewed. Jr gives his perspective on making brilliant art and maneuvering the music business. World Music Views Chart Show has BTS, Cardi B, JBalvin, Bad Bunny, …

Ep 18- Special guest Chelan. We discuss Drake, Kanye, Pusha T

May 28th, 2018


In this episode we talk about Chellan’s Blog “Walk Good” on youtube. We enter a cultural conversation on hip hop, Drake, Kanye, Pusha T, mental …

Nicky Jam, J Balvin, Ozuna, Casper taking the world by storm

May 26th, 2018


Episode 16- May 26, 2018. Jr examines why the Latin American music is taking the word by storm and suggest ways Jamaican and Caribbean artiste can get a piece of the action. Word Music Views count down the top artistes …

Conversation with Alaine- Episode 16

May 18th, 2018


In the latest episode of the Donovan Watkis Podcast Alaine joins Donovan and goes in detail about her career, life, childhood, using technology to …

Kanye West, Alexa and Celebrity Culture- Episode 15

May 10th, 2018


Jr breaks down celebrity culture in the modern age. He asked Alexa what is a celebrity. Find out the answer on this episode.


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Warren Wier Interview- Episode 14

May 8th, 2018


Donovan Watkis interviews Olympic Medalist Warren Weir.


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World Music Views Count Down- Episode 13

May 6th, 2018


Jr Countdown the top songs on YouTube in Jamaica, USA, UK, and the world.


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Streaming The Future of Music and the Billboard Charts - Episode 12

May 3rd, 2018


Donovan Watkis interview on TVJ. Donovan talks about the need to have information before venturing into the music business


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Inspiring greatness in Violent circumstances - Episode 10

May 2nd, 2018


Debbie Bissoon brings the keynote to students at Ardenne High School at the second stop of the No Violence in Love School Tour. Runkus was the …

Billboard Chart’s pending irrelevance to Jamaica’s music - Episode 9

May 2nd, 2018


Donovan explains why the Billboard Chart is out of touch with global music and more specifically Jamaica’s music industry.


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The Art and Business of Stand-Up Comedy In Jamaica- Episode 8

May 1st, 2018


Guests Leighton Smith, Owen “Blakka” Ellis and Dutty Berry share their experiences as stand-up comedians in Jamaica. They share strengths and weaknesses and ways comedy can improve society.


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Episode 7- JR Host the World Music Chart Show

April 29th, 2018


World Music Chart Show is aired on TVJ during ER and can be viewed at


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Episode 6- The Shenseea Episode

April 27th, 2018


Reggae/ Dancehall Shenseea shares her life and musical journey and her mission to empower women.


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Episode 5- Interview with Tarrus Riley

April 25th, 2018


Tarrus Riley shares his experience in music, personal life, and making powerful music with Major Lazor.


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Episode 1

April 18th, 2018


Introduction to Podcast.


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