REBEL SALUTE 2013 was two days of feel good vibes, quality performances, adequate parking and tight security.
The Richomand Estate in Priory St. Ann saw a big turnout on Friday the first night of the festival but it was Saturday night that got the grand gathering.
The veterans ruled Friday. Marcia Griffiths sounded and looked sophisticated, Louie Culture showed us why he’s the original “Gangalee”, General Trees, Professor Nuts and Little John also did well.
But the night belonged to Beres Hammond. Beres captivated hearts with hit after hit. The massive gathered danced and sang along to hits like Step Aside, Pull Up The Vibes and a slew of others.
Tarrus Riley who performed directly after Beres didn’t disappoint. He rose to the occasion and held his own.
Other noteworthy performances on Friday night came from the No-Maddzz, Tony Rebel and Etana.
Meanwhile, Aswad was just blah, they failed to deliver and Shinehead appeared to be out of this world… Well, subsequent his performance Shinehead was seen in the audience stepping extremely “high” and occasionally bumping into people. He later went on stage and pulled the plug on selector SkyJuice during his juggling. Shinehead was also seeing crawling off stage after he made an appearance with Aswad. Shinehead later went back into the audience where he fell asleep in a chair.
At around minutes emcee after 6 Steppa blazed a serious fire during a lengthy band change. Steppa burned corruption, homosexuality and tight pants and just about everything along those lines. But with all that burning the rain came tumbling down forcing organizers to pull the curtains on Chronixx, Luciano and Protégé.
Patrons at that time hurriedly exited the venue during the drizzle.
Saturday night was also a success, despite the mud and lengthy band changes.
As for the day time activities planned, that got a slight battering from the early morning rains nonetheless; the proceedings went ahead.
Again the veterans brought their “A” game showing patrons why they’re timeless. I Cho Candy, Ernie Smith and Pluto Shervington, The Abyssinians featuring Bernard Collins, Tony Tuff and Mighty Diamonds represented.
Patrons roared when Terror Fabulous hit the stage with Jah Works. Terror Fabulous who has had health issues paused for a long minute during his set. He was subsequently joined by Nadine Sutherland for hits like Action and Anything for You.
Richie Spice did well. So too did Queen Ifrika who introduced ten year old Wayne Jay who delivered some strong lyrics about education and blasted underage drinking.
Other good performances came from Busy Signal who worked until he was wet, I-Octane, Iba Mahr, Chronixx and Raging Fire.
However, it was singer I-Wayne who delivered an outstanding performance. I-Wayne burned the fire, kept the high energy and had patrons engaged from start to finish.
Sizzla also blazed the fire. Konlogi was joined on stage by members from the congregation of the Nyahbinghi Theocracy Rein Order who waved flags during his set. Ras Shiloh and Teflon who appeared in Sizzla’s set also got forwards.
Rebel Salute 2013 ended after Sizzla’s performance minutes after 8 Sunday morning.
So, all-in-all Rebel Salute 2013 was a tremendous success despite lengthy band changes and a little mud.