Prior to the ‘settlement of all argument’ between Mavado and Vybz Kartel at Jamworld Portmore last Friday, Sting 2008 was filled with short performances that elicited a few forwards and a few boos.
Members of the large Sting crowd were ready and raring to go in their usual demanding form as a variety of entertainers came out hoping for the best before the billed lyrical confrontation.
The ‘True Believers’ segment of DJ Nicholas and Goddy Goddy proved that even a Sting crowd could appreciate a little gospel music as the two deejays represented well for their musical genre.
The female trio of Timberlee, Natalie Storm and Tifa (TNT) represented for the women as they took the fashion trendsetters theme to heart with Tifa in a sexy nurse’s outfit, Natalie in a police outfit and Timberlee in black and white.
DI followed up in a hot pink number, the males at the front of the stage tried to take a peak under her skirt while she ‘beat it’ on stage.
Stacious received the most forwards in that group with Goodas Clap and Falling Down.
The singers in the early segment showed that a beautiful voice will always find a place in the Jamaican heart as Duane Stephenson, Hero, Nesbeth, Fyakin and others saw the lighters being lifted in their favour.
Black Judah and Sister Junie Platinum fell flat with the crowd, and the long-awaited return of Patra didn’t cause much of a stir. Decked in a cat suit, Patra’s youthful and sexy appearance moved a few males but her songs like Pull Up To Ma Bumper left the patrons wanting a change in direction.
Lady G was one of the few early artistes who got a number of forwards, singing along to a Christmas Carol she recited, “a beer war ting a gwaan a Sting – none of dem caan tek my stripes – all me know somebody a dead tonight at Sting.’
Lady G kept the crowd amused and entertained as did Wasp but Mikey Pelpa got booed after dissing the gaza, referring to it as ‘the plaza’.
Big Ship’s Chino called to the women with his Ruff It Up and told the men to keep the “things tall” before exiting with his biggest forward for Protected. Captain Barkey and Wickerman amused the crowd at first with antics about meagre men and fat men but overstayed their welcome.
Charly Blacks also headed for the women as they soon wined up to Bubble and Nuff Love. After entering the stage with a promising response to Winner, Konshens soon fell flat, appearing to not have rehearsed as he rushed through a line of one song before doing two lines about his ‘hand middle’.
The newest star who seemed to get the most response in that segment was Big Ship’s Laden. As soon as the rising star was announced and before he could start deejaying, persons started to cheer. They continued as he delivered Time to Shine and finished with I’m Sorry. Etana sang her way through a number of songs before handing over the reins to Queen Ifrica.