THE top performer at Rebel Salute — inside the Kaiser Sports Club at Alligator Pond, Manchester — was the audience.
No artiste was left feeling unwelcome as the throng of entertainment hungry patrons loudly tooted their vuvulezas in support of each act
Damian and Stephen Marley on stage at Rebel Salute in Alligator Pond, Manchester, on Saturday. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)
Queen Ifrica on stage at Rebel Salute.
A section of the crowd at Rebel Salute in Alligator Pond, Manchester, early Sunday morning. (Photos: Gregory Bennett)
A section of the crowd at Rebel Salute in Alligator Pond, Manchester, early Sunday morning. (Photos: Gregory Bennett) 3/3
And the sound of the plastic horns perhaps resonated the loudest when sons of Reggae king Bob Marley graced the stage.
Stephen Marley entered first and stamped his class on the event before summoning younger brother, Damian, to seal the deal.
Both were in fine fettle and took the time out to hail incarcerated Reggae artiste Buju Banton. Stephen had put up his Florida home as collateral so Banton could meet the bail conditions stipulated by a Tampa-based court after being charged for drug-related offences.
An impregnated Queen Ifrica could not make a wrong move for the audience and rocked the house with her popular catalogue. She drew loud cheers when in introducing the hit song Below The Waist, she pointed to her belly and said, “See the song come to pass.”
She also drew howls of approval when she stated: “I would like to send a message to those who want to change the laws of nature. No buggery law nah repeal a Jamaica,” before singing her classic Keep it Yourself.
Close to midnight, event organiser Tony Rebel celebrated his birthday by belting out his popular hit songs, including I Can’t Recall, Jah By My Side and Fresh Vegetable to gain the approval of most of those in attendance.
He also urged Lisa Hanna, minister of youth and culture, to give Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller the message that the buggery law need not be reviewed or repealed.
Veteran deejay Admiral Bailey is certainly not done. He flaunted his big belly and jumped up as if to suggest that all who had ‘bad mind’ are committing suicide.
Johnny Osbourne was also in great form and the audience loudly tooted their horns and consumed his Ice Cream Love as the dub plate played Like A Yo-yo in cool Manchester.
Special mention must be made of the rising Romain Virgo, who although asked to perform in the wake of a marauding Tarrus Riley, performed admirably and suggested that there is hope for the future.
An energetic and fiery Capleton closed the show even though some patrons left after being choked by thick clouds of smoke billowing from fires lit by his ardent supporters. Firefighters were, however, on hand to douse the flames.