IT could have been an all-star dancehall concert line-up at the Blue Mountain Room, Knutsford Court Hotel, New Kingston, last Friday as the LIME roster of artistes was announced to the public.
The cheers were loudest for Bounty Killer, the formerly cross, angry and miserable one announced as now calmer and collected, but the audience had more than enough lung power to whoop for Beenie Man, Mavado, Elephant Man and Khago, who performed his hit Nah Sell Out Me Fren Dem.
However, although there were more standout performers stepping on stage in individually designed, stylish LIME shirts — among them Ce’Cile, Prodigal, Timberlee, Denyque and Ishawna, with QQ at school and Alaine on tour — the depth of the roster was underscored by the number of persons and the diversity of the line-up.
Selectors Liquid and Elektra and TV show host Quizz span dancehall and media, while ‘Tall Man’ led out the Portmore-based Flava Unit sound system. The Blaze nightclub deejays and Portmore Society crew presented themselves in their respective groups, as the base venue and promotions arm of LIME’s music involvement. Dancer and occasional deejay Chi Ching Ching was up in his bling glory.
The Portmore Pacesetters Marching Band, decked out by LIME, started off the announcements with the rattle and roll of their trap sets, while biker Cutter sent a rev of energy through the audience as he rode his sports bike off the stage and through the audience, which parted for him.
And there was a very familiar face in sprinter Asafa Powell, a ‘returning endorsee’.
LIME’s Garry Sinclair said: “We are going to deliver a Christmas like you have never seen from LIME. It would take a blind person to not realise this is a new LIME”.