Jamaica’s Reggae Sumfest: Great sets at Dancehall Night


Richard Johnson (Jamaica Observer) reviews Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest, particularly praising the strong performances of the female acts, such as Lady Saw [shown above], Deejay Spice, Gaza Slim, Ishawna, and J Capri, among others.

Lady Saw’s performance at Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest in the wee hours of Friday morning was just the closing night of strong performances, particularly by the female acts. All female acts gave creditable performances which demonstrated that thought went into giving their audience a good show.

Deejay Spice delivered another of her signature entrances. Having previously taken to the stage on horseback, on a motorcycle, and encased in a huge bubble, the Scorn Dem artiste relied on a robot-themed choreography, complete with LED lights to create a buzz. And it did. Her saucy set, complemented by a quartet of dancers, was what audiences have come to expect from her. She told the Jamaica Observer that her entrance has now become a talking point, and so she is constantly trying to outdo her last.

[. . .] Spice noted that the war of words with Lady Saw did not fuel her to put a little something extra into her performance. “I am always trying to go for a great show, that’s why I have been called the Stage Show Boss. So whether controversy or not I am always trying to put on a show, whether it is a good entrance, the colour of the hair, or my costume.”

Sumfest virgin J Capri was one of the early acts on the bill to make an impact. She had props and dancers and burst onto the stage from a huge letter J. The Wine and Kotch singer delivered a commendable set.

So too did Gaza Slim. The artiste, whose given name is Vanessa Saddler, was in fine form for her 15-minute stint on-stage. Wearing a tailor crimson pants suit, complete with bow tie, Slim gave a workman-like performance.

Singjay Ishawna also did not let down her female acts. Wearing a nude, bejeweled catsuit, she was a hit with the males in the audience as she teased while delivering her tracks.

Despite the standout performances by the women, the men were not too shabby.

Internet sensation Gully Bop was the pick of the litter. His on stage rhymes and general persona went over well with the audience. He even brought on his partner Shauna Chin to share the moment, and they performed the classic Twice My Age by deejay Shabba Ranks and Crystal to rousing approval.

Mr 7/11 Dexta Daps was another of the night’s pleasers. At his maiden Sumfest appearance he delivered a strong performance. With tracks such as Morning Love and Jealous Ova, he had the ladies in the audience swooning as he blended his smooth vocals with a presence which belies his stage experience.

Ding Dong and his Ravers Clavers crew took patrons to dance class with a demonstrations of moves created throughout the years.

In the early hours of the morning, when bodies tire and concentration begins to wain, singjays I-Octane and Capleton can always be called on the wake up the crowd, and this they did. Drawing on their deep catalogue both dreadlocked artistes delivered the hits they have become known for over the years.

In the absence of perennial favourite Vybz Kartel, it was up to his protégé Popcaan to represent for the ‘Empire’.

The ‘Unruly One’ was also a treat as he gave the audience what they wanted from his arsenal of hits. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Great-sets-at-Dancehall-Night_19219325

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