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ORGANISERS of Reggae Sumfest had promised a superb night of entertainment and, for the most part, the event lived up to the billing.

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Held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, St James, Friday night’s live performances attracted a full house.

 

Dexta Daps delivered an exceptional set and was a treat for the females. Spice, once again, claimed her title as the stage show queen, while Bounty Killer and Alkaline left their fans wanting even more.

 

Throughout his entire 25- minute set, Seaview Gardens-based singjay Dexta Daps ruled the stage. He was greeted with wild screams from the thousands of females inside the venue.

 

“Let me fix my hair, so the Dappa Don can see his ‘owner’,” an admirer said jokingly to her peers.

 

Suited in red, Dexta Daps had the females eating out his hands as he opened with his breakout hit 7eleven. Their enthusiasm resulted in a singalong.

 

A string of his hits would follow, much to the delight of his audience. Tracks included Jealous Ova, You and I, and The Owner.

 

The audience screamed for an encore but would have no such luck due to time constraints.

 

Spice then made a grand entrance on a bed. Dressed in a sexy, silk nightgown, and complemented by her sexy Team Spice dancers, it was evident that she was intent on bringing the house down.

 

“Mi need a man inna da bed yah! Mi cyaan have da big bed yah and no man,” she said before inviting a seemingly shy Asian male on stage. However, she was in for a surprise as the overly zealous fan showed off his dance moves, which included a routine on her buttocks and a steady serving of gyration.

 

She then diverted to more serious issues. She lashed out at the rapists and women killers with a track called s ome Man No Deserve To Live. Other hits, including So Mi Like It, Indicator, and Romping Shop, followed.

 

Bounty Killer’s set was filled with fireworks. The entertainer was in a no-nonsense mood as he hurled out a string of hits from his lengthy catalogue. Celebrating 25 years in the dancehall arena, Bounty Killer thanked his fans for their continuous support, saying they were responsible for turning him into a “legend”.

 

Between songs like Riding West, Suspense, Poor People Fed Up, Sufferer, and Originality, the “Warlord” offered words of advice to up-and-coming artistes, politicians and his fans as it relates to social issues, including the spiralling crime rate and tough economy.

 

He then shared his set with Mascika, who was originally booked for the event but pulled out because of an unresolved issue of placement. The ‘Young General’ also proved to be captivating with songs like Top Striker, Gas Dem Up, and Everything Me Want.

 

At 5:50 am, the massive crowd stood their ground as they awaited Vendetta Boss, Alkaline’s arrival. The fences and barriers were not rooted up but were banged when Alkaline’s voice sounded over the speaker boxes. The younger set of females in the audience screamed at their loudest while the males revelled in his hits including Formula, Keys To The City, Wait Yuh Turn, and Extra Lesson.

 

“Dem tink mi neva did a come a MoBay, don’t? But mi deh ya, mi people dem wa see mi,” he bellowed much to the approval from the Catherine Hall audience, some of whom sported Guy Fawkes masks and Vendetta clothing.

 

He then made lyrical jabs at Popcaan (who had earlier performed with Tory Lanez) through his single Badness It Name.

 

Alkaline then diverted his attention to the females, who were hungry for his attention. He had them singing along and gyrating to songs like Block and Delete, My Side Of The Story, Side Gyal, and When We A Touch.

 

A lengthy band change followed, which resulted into a lot of individuals leaving the venue following Alkaline’s set. However, those who remained were not disappointed as Mavado and Tommy Lee Sparta delivered well-received sets.

 

Earlier in the night, impressive sets also came from Tifa, Jamiel, Aidonia, Ding Dong and his Ravers Clavers team, Harry Toddler, Tory Lanez, and Nigerian dancehall artiste Patoranking.

 

Shenseea, Devin Di Dakta, and Singer J, along with a few emerging acts, also performed.

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