Portland Sound Splash this Saturday
Sizzla is among the acts lined up for the Portland Sound Splash.
The Portland Sound Splash, a sound-system festival, is set to unfold at the Innis Bay Beach in Portland on May 18, with a stellar list of veteran sound systems and artistes set to provide clean entertainment throughout the day-and-night affair.
"This will be a day and night event like the sound festivals in Europe, and it will be a splash, not a clash, just niceness, and jugglings, great music all day and night," seasoned deejay and producer David 'Tappa Zukie' Sinclair, one of the organisers of Portland Sound Splash, told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.
The promoters are seasoned deejay and producer Tappa Zukie, esteemed session guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith and Paul 'Natty Pablo' McKenzie,
All genres of Jamaican music will be heard including Nyabinghi drumming by the Binghistra group, and a mento band will take attendees on a cultural trip through the annals of Jamaican music history.
"In the night, we're gonna have the big sounds like King Jammys, Mighty Crown, Bass Odyssey, Metro Media, Danny Dread, Emperor Hill from Japan, Nexx and Ilawah from Jah Love, Umi Hi Power...so many sounds, and each will be playing for one hour and a half," he said.
Others on the line-up include Josey Wales, General Trees, Luciano, Tinga Stewart, Peter Metro, Little John and Sizzla, acts who have their own love-affair tales with sound-system culture.
Tappa Zukie plans to step up things next year with the addition of a host of foreign sounds to play at the event. This move eastward is designed to revitalise the entertainment scene in Portland, known for its idyllic locales.
"The Innis Bay beach is a beautiful beach in East Portland with an unspoiled natural vibe. So this festival will compliment that, we're going to have tents set up to sell art and craft items, like a proper festival. Next year will be even bigger and we will be bringing in foreign sounds as well. There is a plan in place to use this event to boost the tourism product and we want to team up with public and private stakeholders to push the festival to an even higher level," he said.