This year’s notorious dancehall night kicks off the new decade for Reggae Sumfest on a high, with a massive crowd and several solid performances that will undoubtedly further cement the show as the “Greatest Reggae Show on Earth.”
A legion of heavy weight dancehall acts grace the stage, showing commendable performances including, Assassin, Mavado, Khago, Spice, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, however, the crown undoubtedly belongs to the illustrious I-Octane.
At one point during I-Octane set a fan cloth caught fire but was quickly put out by surrounding fans, and still the fire kept burning throughout his entire set. I-Octane not only brings hope to Reggae Sumfest, but the entire reggae and dancehall genre, a hero in his own right. Not since Capleton’s notorious performance some years ago during his high have I seen so much fire at Sumfest. Octane was perhaps the only act who received forwards for every one of his hits that he belted out.
Dancehall heavy weights Assassin and Mavado showed star power and class during their performances. I can safely say Assassin is one of the best live performer in dancehall. Assassin’s performance parallels that of Octane in terms of quality and delivery. Dancehall’s starbwoy Mavado showed much improvement in his on stage performance, delivery several of his old and new hits.
Dancehall man of the moment Vybz Kartel delivered a disappointing set. Perhaps patrons became fatigue when he hit the stage at day break or there was not enough Gaza fans to boost the hype. Nonetheless he fell way short of the expectation.
Leading the female pack was Spice with a diva like performance calling out R&B singer Mya who looked over the top gorgeous.
Overall fans left satisfied on a night that is notorious for its tough audience.
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