Artistes seliver at Guinness show


The National Arena was again painted black and gold Thursday night, as hundreds of music and Guinness lovers turned out in celebration of Sir Arthur Guinness Day.

Patrons turned out early expecting to cash in on free Guinness, like previous years. However, the experience at this year's staging was way off mark when compared to previous stagings. Patrons were only allowed two cups of Guinness, and all the seats inside the area where rolled back; therefore, some patrons were forced to stand and struggle to see over heads of persons standing in front of them, in the packed venue.

The organisers at least made an attempt to give the stage a unique image, but the poor sound quality coming from the speakers defeated the purpose of having a beautifully decorated stage.

On-stage antics
Flava Unit was the host sound system for the night, and the Portmore-based outfit managed to keep the audience entertained by playing popular selections such as Like A WhistleSmile Jamaica, among other singles from Chronixx. The animated Badda Bling was in his element and kept his audience engaged with his on-stage antics.

Reggae act Bugle started the show on a positive note, performing alongside a pack of Rastafarian drummers. Dressed in a full black robe, the singer showed fans just how serious his transformation to the Rastafarian faith was, and he was well received. Songs like Doh and Nuh Compatible had the audience in an uproar.

Skinny Fabulous and Mr. Killa were next. The soca artistes belted the lyrics to popular songs like Worst Behaviourand Rollie Pollie. However, the audience were less interactive. Mr. Killa only managed to get the audience moving when he challenged a plus-sized dancer to a dance clash onstage. Patrons gave him several applauds for his skillful dance display.

Agent Sasco came next to a roaring welcome, and he delivered a slew of hits from his lengthy catalogue. Songs like Day In Day out and Don't Have No Money gave patrons some messages to reflect on. The artiste also paid homage to Buju Banton, performing the single Not An Easy Road.

Jah Cure followed and immediately connected with fans by singing Jah Jah Bless Me. Every effort which followed caused a strong reaction. Songs like Call On Me and All Of Me all but transformed the entire venue into a choir.

The iconic queen of the dancehall, Lady Saw, wrapped up the annual event in fine style, delivering some strong lyrics and some classic singles. Her single Heels On was the highlight of her set, as she invited a couple to perform the song with her onstage. The display which followed had patrons glued to the front of the stage.