Monday 18 November, 2019

Reggae Sumfest: Beenie & Bounty, Ele, Sasco and Spice keep the heat up

Beenie Man (left) on stage with his former rival Bounty Killer at Reggae Sumfest 2019. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Beenie Man (left) on stage with his former rival Bounty Killer at Reggae Sumfest 2019. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

The temperature inside Catherine Hall is close to boiling point as the performances keep getting better and the audience is seemingly being taken on a journey towards an explosive musical climax.

The anticipated tune for tune bout between former archrivals turned confidantes, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man, lived up to its billing and the two veterans of dancehall proved they were not spent forces. Their set was filled with friendly rivalry and had the audience absolutely thrilled as they exchanged lyrics intermittently.

As Bounty Killer put it:

“Me and Beenie Man a war for 20 years and see we are now united. Ghetto people, we can settle our differences. This is no longer Beenie and Bounty, this is Moses and Rodney,” he said to roars of approval from the audience.

The set was exciting and sobering at the same time and must have sent a profound message to the younger dancehall practioners in the art of performance.

Elephant Man was his usual energetic, dancing self and had Catherine Hall in a tizzy as they danced and expelled the energy that he offered them. Elephant Man’s set was one to remember and when he entered the stage dressed as a Roman Tribune, his fans went wild and for good reason. Elephant Man had the task of taking the baton from Spragga Benz and could not afford to let the team down. He certainly represented with a very determined and explosive effort.

After all the energy expelled by Elephant Man, it took a man from the banks of the Hope River to restore calm and sobriety. That man was Agent Sasco.

Agent Sasco never fails to provide good, clean entertainment and the audience loved his performance. He was certainly a winner and 'Jah never let him suffer at the hands of the wicked'. 

In her inimitable style, Spice went deep into sex and glorified certain intimate parts of her anatomy and she was a hit, especially with the females. Spice however does possess a great sense of using the stage and her choreography is always from the top drawer and must be commended for her creativity. But sex was not all Spice was about and she delved into some serious social commentary through songs such as 'Black Hypocrisy'.

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