A grand Vybz Kartel and Beenie Man performance ended a drawn-out Beenie Man Sizzle on a high note when it was held at the National Stadium on Saturday night.
The sun was about to rise when Vybz Kartel was being introduced. At that point, people who seemed to find comfortable spots in the stadium stands quickly alighted from their seats and ran towards the stage to witness ‘the teacha’.
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Immediately, he began to thrill the crowd with songs like Dollar Sign, Dallaz and Mama. He pretended to collect a baton from his producer NotNice before singing a snippet of Last Man Standing.
At 5:30 a.m., he called on ‘the doctor’ Beenie Man, who was also celebrating his birthday. As he came on with his signature ‘nuh get me mad’, confetti covered the stage. The two continued to thrill the crowd with hit after hit until the police came and they begged for one more song.
After that, a bunch of new acts rushed the stage to perform but their performances were cut short by the police who stopped the sound system.
The end might have been good but the entire show was disjointed and drawn-out. Up until about 1 a.m., upcoming acts were still entering the stage. During that time, it was MC Sample Man who brought some excitement to the show.
Then, there were acts like Junie Platinum, Singer Jah, Ras Penco, Nature, Tyrical and Versatile, who brought a little vibe, but the crowd did not always receive their energy. The crowd, however, was very much into the Michael Jackson impersonator, as well as G Whizz who performed Life and got one of the biggest forwards during that section of the show.
Nesbeth and Hyah Slice also did well. Voicemail brought energetic dance songs, while General B got props from ‘bigging up’ the ‘Gaza’ and doing some of his older songs. The One Blood family of Junior Reid and his sons Andrew and Wada Blood also did well.
At 1.45 a.m., Harry toddler, who had a wardrobe malfunction with his pants zipper which was open during his set, took the stage. Then, Fantan Mojah came and delivered Stronger.
But in the midst of an already lengthy show, Sky juice took the stage to play for a now dreary crowd. He, however, gave the crowd the only taste of Mavado with songs like House Cleaning and Dem Alone, which they enjoyed. Surprisingly, the crowd became very lively.
Beatle Bailey thrilled with some comedy, before Beenie Man’s estranged wife D’Angel blazed the stage. She made frequent references to being a ‘wifey’. She said, “a one man mi got” and then Beenie Man joined her on stage to the crowd’s delight. But he sang, “a Marco-Dean she got”, in reference to their son. She then gyrated for him before bending over in front of him, while he smiled from ear to ear.
The likes of I Octane, Sizzla, Jah Cure and Capleton came and blazed the fire. Sizzla did some big songs like Give It To Dem and Rise To The Occasion, for which he got big forwards before calling on Jah Cure who performed Sticky, Longing For and Call On Me.
Capleton had the crowd waving their flags frantically, while he slewed everything in sight. “Some say gully, some say gaza but me say Jamaica and Africa,” he said, before singing Small World.
The audience was very flat when U.S. rapper Hurricane Chris performed. It was not much better when Rick Ross came on. But the ‘big boss’ seemed to overstay his welcome. He was using many expletives and sang all the verses in his songs to the already tired and weary audience. If that was not bad enough, he brought on his young dancehall protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ© Magazeen, who the people were trying to clap off stage. But he stayed anyway. The crowd was getting impatient and many left.
Finally, there was some more life in the show when Assassin went on stage. He was certainly a refreshing change, with songs like Guinep Stain and Pree Dis.
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