Reggae Sumfest 2008 Ends On A High Note

DESPITE intermittent and at times heavy rainfall, patrons came out in their numbers for the second international night of Reggae Sumfest, a night which proved to be the most explosive of the three-day event.

 

None of the artistes scheduled to make appearances failed to deliver, but it was the King of Lovers Rock, Beres Hammond who stole the show. Delivering a stellar performance which had patrons of all ages, rocking, jiving and grooving, Beres could do no wrong.

Every song he crooned was a hit, as songs like, Standing In My Way, No Disturb Sign and Putting Up A Resistance, rendered a wave of screams from patrons who were clearly delighted to be entertained by the soul singer.

After almost one hour of thrilling the crowd, Beres took patrons on a trip down memory lane with Rockaway, ending his set perfectly.

Taking the large crowd at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex by storm, US rapper Lil’ Wayne, had the crowd in a frenzy. From the moment he entered the stage the crowd sang along to every song he performed. Drawing from his catalogue, the young rapper sang songs such as Duffel bag boy, Fireman, and many others which had the crowd enthralled.

Wayne ended his performance by singing Lollipop, a song the crowd had been anticipating all night. Etana gave a memorable performance. Her powerful voice coupled with equally powerful expression, seemed to envelope members of the audience, who clearly enjoyed her performance.

Similarly, Tarrus Riley did an excellent job of wowing the crowd, inviting his father, veteran singer Jimmy Riley on stage for a duet as well as Queen Ifrica with whom he sang Stay With You.

Rootz Underground and Andy Vernon were earlier acts which did a fantastic job with their brand of roots reggae music along with Brick and Lace.

And when the crowd thought things could not get better, foundation singer John Holt graced the stage, singing multiple hits which included, Number one, Wear you to the ball, Don’t want to see you cry, Stick by me and many others which provided the perfect end to a night of good music, and was well received by the crowd. –– JamaicaStar.