Reggae Sumfest Night 1 Review!

Reggae Sumfest Night 1 Review!

In what was dubbed a “Montego Bay Party”, three St James DJs – up-coming Rygin King, Tee Jay and the accomplished Tommy Lee Sparta brought the curtains down on Festival Night One of Reggae Sumfest sometime after 7:00 a.m. Saturday July 21,

The highly-anticipated performance of the trio was watched by a large crowd of patrons who “bleached” the entire night and despite signs of being tired, some poured several cups of coffee into their bodies and stayed to the very end.

And they were not disappointed!!!

MC Nuffy who took the microphone from Miss Kitty for this section, brought on Rygin King at about 6:00 a.m. and after a very energetic and well received set, in which he performed a wide range of songs including his hits “Things gonna change” and “How me grow” and the very popular “Learn”, Tee Jay was introduced and Montego Bay showed him great respect.

Then came the man of the moment, Tommy Lee Sparta who has had a very colourful relationship with Reggae Sumfest, with the people of St  James and with the law. However, he showed no effects of these challenges and launched into a very powerful set, even as the morning sun started to take a toll on everyone at Catherine Hall. Tommy Lee Sparta reeled off hit after hit after hit and despite his thinking that the crowd had enough, they would not let him go. But, as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end”, and so he closed off with a promise of more music that he will be producing and performing for his people in the future.

Earlier, a jam-packed Catherine Hall venue was treated to great performances from the comeback kid, I-Octaine, who was presented with an award to mark his 10th year of association with the festival. He was followed by the self-proclaimed Queen of the dancehall, Spice took on the persona of “Wakanda Queen” from the Black Panther movie and did not disappoint.

Outstanding performances were also given by the Unruly Boss Popcaan, Aidonia, and the “War Lord” Bounty Killer who showed tremendous maturity and gave a commitment to lead as a big 46-year-old man in the business. Killer was very supportive of the decision to have him on stage much earlier than normal and pointed out that he agreed in order to allow for the younger artistes to get some exposure.

The well-dressed and professional performer Agent Sasco was also a hit with the crowd, especially when he did his chart-topping hit “Winning”, while artistes such as Tosh Alexander, the Ghanaian Stonebwoy, Jah Fabio from Mexico, Ding Dong Ravers, Govana, Yanique and the veteran Harry Toddler held their own.

The patrons were very pleased that the Reggae Sumfest Dancehall night tradition remained unbroken with the final acts being welcomed by the rising sun.


July 26th, 2018

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