Thursday 21 March, 2019

Big turnout for Portmore Music Fest: Tommy Lee, Beenie Man impress

Tommy Lee Sparta addresses patrons at the Portmore Music Festival last Saturday. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Tommy Lee Sparta addresses patrons at the Portmore Music Festival last Saturday. (PHOTOS: Llewellyn Wynter)

Thousands packed the Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) Car Park for the final night of SunCity Radio's Portmore Music Festival on Saturday and listened intently to the offering of the variety of entertainers.

One by one, throughout the night, the performers worked hard to rouse up what proved to be a tough crowd, but it was Tommy Lee Sparta who arguably received the best response.

This despite the Montego Bay bred artiste chastising the patrons for what he said was their listlessness.

“Unuh fi come out fi enjoy unuh self. Nobody caan intimidate mi pon di stage,” the artiste told audience members as he worked the stage, which by that time was packed with other performers including Munga Honorable and Beenie Man.

The artiste, who was recently freed of lottery scam charges, supported his tough talk with several of his hard-hitting songs including Buss A Blank and Stacking Up The Paper for the appreciative crowd.

Munga likewise got support for his recent release, ‘Nah Mad’, while Beenie Man delivered his usual coordinated set which was well received.

Predator, Stylish and Sean Kingston all joined them on stage, as well as a string of unknown and up-and-coming acts.

Sean Kingston, who rose to international fame with his monster hit ‘Beautiful Girl’, sang part of that song as well as ‘Take You There’ and ‘Letting Go’.

Earlier, the ‘fire man’ Capleton brought some energy to the show with hits like ‘Or Wah’, ‘Slew Dem’, ‘Mi Nuh Lotion Man’ and ‘Dem No Like Me’, while veteran Half Pint brought back memories with ‘Geetings’, ‘Mr Landlord’, ‘Hold On’, ‘Victory’ and ‘One Big Family’.

Cham, Spragga Benz and Chuck Fenda also worked good sets that arguably should have received more crowd support they received.

Warrior King and Junior Reid, along with his son Juju also performed.

During Spragga Benz’s set, he called up Grammy Award winner Sean Paul, who in turn brought onto stage, Chi Ching Ching.

Major sponsor of the event, Select Brand was pleased with the event.

“Tonight has actually been very great because we had a number of top-billed artistes who have turned out to support the SunCity family and the third staging of Portmore Music Festival, which has been very well supported by the community of Portmore,” Annalise Harewood,  the brand’s marketing manager, told Loop News.

“They have seen some stellar acts and most notably all of the performances have been clean and good Jamaican music. So we are talking about a festival that is delivering the best in entertainment and it spans all local genres - it is reggae, dancehall and roots music,” Hardwood said.

Portmore Music Festival 2018

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