Dancehall lovers treated with 'A Taste of Sumfest'
Ding Dong and his Ravers Clavers dance crew delivered an entertaining set for viewers of the online show, 'A Taste Of Reggae Sumfest'. (Photo: Ding Dong Instagram)
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced Reggae Sumfest organisers to cancel this year's staging at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in St James. However, the show's millions of loyal fans weren't left completely disappointed as they were treated Friday to the first of two nights of virtual shows dubbed 'A Taste Of Reggae Sumfest'.
Viewed live on all social media platforms, Friday's show - which lasted approximately two hours and 45 minutes - featured performances by a mix of veteran and newly established dancehall artistes.
Fans were taken on a trip down memory lane to the golden era of dancehall by the likes of Chaka Demus and Pliers, Tanto Metro and Devonte, and Frisco Kid, before being treated to the more contemporary sounds of Agent Sasco, Konshens, Daddy1, Chronic Law, Ishawna, Ding Dong, Shenseea, TeeJay and Marcy Chin.
Chaka Demus and Pliers did favourites ‘She Don’t Let Nobody’, ‘Tease Me’, the mega-hit ‘Murder She Wrote’ and their remake of Toots And The Maytals’ ‘Bam Bam’.
Chaka Demus and Pliers performing at 'A Taste of Reggae Sumfest'. (Photo: Reggae Sumfest Instagram)
Without skipping a beat, MC for the night, selector Boom Boom brought on Tanto Metro and Devonte for ‘Give It To Her’, ‘Gal Say Woee’, ‘Everyone Falls In Love Sometimes’ and the recently-released ‘Nah Fren’.
Frisco Kid unleashed a number of hits, starting with ‘Gal Pon The Side’, ‘Living In Style’ and ‘Think We Nice’ on the Showtime rhythm, before segueing to the Bushy Bushy rhythm on which he performed ‘Lion Paw’, ‘Sergeant Wallace’ and ‘Round Here’. He ended his set with ‘Revenge, ‘Likkle And Cute’ and ‘Rubbers’.
Representing the '6ix', Daddy1 and Chronic Law's stints were short but certainly potent enough to please their growing fan base. Daddy1 performed ‘Bro Gad’, ‘Custom’ and ‘Anthem’ while Chronic Law sang ‘Bless Me’, ‘Plastic Smile’ and ‘Hillside’.
Ishawna started with ‘Restraining Order’ and ended by advising men what not to do when performing ‘Equal Rights’. Among the songs she sang in between were ‘Want It’ and ‘Everybody Needs Someone’.
Shenseea's set was short but sweet. (Photo: Shenseea Instagram)
Ding Dong and his Ravers Clavers dance crew brought their usual high energy, dancing to and performing a number of their hits including ‘Good Thing Dem’, ‘Lebeh Lebeh’, ‘Flairy’ and ‘Bad Man Forward Bad Man Pull Up’. The highly entertaining set also featured Ding Dong singing to Desha Ravers while performing 'Cha Cha Bwoy’ and comically drumming to ‘Watch Dem’ after taking a drum stick from the actual drummer.
‘Trick a Treat’ was Shenseea’s opener and her titivating performance included ‘The Sidecheck Song’ and ‘Anthem’, as she made way for stablemate TeeJay, who captivated with ‘My Type’, ‘Up Top Boss’ and ‘Brand New’ before closing with ‘Gangster Prayer’, ‘Nah Worry Bout’, ‘Alright’ and ‘Owna Lane’.
Marcy Chin performed ‘Nasty Love’ while Konshens' set saw him delivering ‘We Nuh Frighten Fi Nobody’, ‘Big Up We Link’, ‘Bad Gal’, ‘Gal A Bubble’, and ‘A So Mi Tan’. Konshens called up D’Yani for ‘Heaven Telegram’.
Agent Sasco was in stellar form as he closed the show with his barrage of hits including ‘Banks of The Hope’, ‘Fade Away’, ‘Winning’, ‘Mix Up’, the recently-released ‘Loco’ and ‘Almighty Protect Me’.