Of the lot, Wayne Marshall was the main one who worked the thousands on the football field into a frenzy, with Kabaka Pyramid being a close second and Christopher Ellis, Kelissa and Black Am I, following with regards to approval.
Marshall’s set included a number of his originals, but he also sampled a lot from other reggae and dancehall stalwarts, while featuring his collaboration with incarcerated dancehall star Vybz Kartel, “New Millinium”.
He teased the crowd with a number of the songs that he performed, dropping one line before moving into the next.
Kabaka Pyramid, was as expected his usual hard hitting self as he took on the politicians with “Well Done” and promised “Never Gonna Be A Slave”, while rejecting the system with “No Capitalist”.
He would then sing Chronixx’s part of the duet “Mi Alright” and did his section to the cheers of the crowd. Warrior, another duet, this time with Protoje would follow before he closed his set with a new song.
Chrstopher Ellis, the last son of rocksteady legend and native of Trench Town, Alton Ellis, being among the first artistes on stage, woke the crowd with a lively performance, as he opened with the theme song for the event from Bob Marley, Trench Town Rock, before sampling some of his father’s songs, with “Breaking Up” getting the best response.
The young Ellis would then call on older brother Rosa Rose to do another of their father’s song, “I’ve Lost That Love”, which again was well received as they left the stage together.
The little known and likewise, small in stature, Kelissa had the audience listening and occasionally giving their approval, especially when she did Tessane Chin’s Anything’s Possible. Her set included originals “Slow Down”, “Best Kept Secret” and “Just Giddeon”.
Black Am I did “Me Alone”, “In The Ghetto” and “Bun Dem”. “In The Ghetto” was most loved.
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