After a lack luster dancehall night, Klik was yearning for a big comeback from the International Night I lineup. I even made it before the AM’s this time at 11:30PM to be exact. I know the show starts at 8PM still, but who have the tolerance to sit through all dem hours. Anyhow I vaguely remember someone closing their set as I made my way in. Settled in the mudpit which was VIP, I decided to stay put at this spot and fulljoy di experience. About 15-20 minutes later and we were still waiting for the next performer.
Finally at 11:52PM Gyptian took to the stage to much fanfare. His was a sultry, captivating, conscious performance accompanied with animal like groans that had me cracking up. He was joined by a few guest performers as he sang and danced the night away. By the time he closed with “Hold Yuh” @ 12:45AM you could feel the crowds love for this performer.
Then a band change ensued; fortunately, the promoters were making use of the Digicel Side Stage and after a few dancers did their thing; an artiste name Kida was called up to perform, she later called someone else (sorry missed the name) he did a few lines and then it was time for Etana.
This girl can sang “yea that’s right not sing but…sang”. She carried her set with strong powerful vocals which she belted out with such ease. She had a very theatrical set with dancers playing out the words of her storytelling songs. By the time she wrapped up at 1:42AM, the crowd had experienced a comfortably strong set.
Then a lengthy band change for Chris Brown; however, relative new comer Wasp was introduced to the Side Stage. He held it down well with his 2009 hit “Lock off di Dance” plus di song highlighting his love affairs from high school days to recent time was fun to listen to. “Anyone know di name?”
Then the crowd went wild as Chris Brown danced onto di stage. He did a few old hits then jumped into a dance segment. Then he did a sultry lap dance for a lovely female patron who was seated on a chair onstage, it was sensual and oh boy did she quiver. He did a Jamaican Accent and started doing a reggae song about “brown skin girls”. He went into another dancing segment as the DJ played a bunch of Vybz Kartel tune along with other hip hop songs. Usher was spotted being escorted by officers to the backstage area during the performance which was a good look as he was billed for the next night. We can safely assume “dat a Gaza Chris Breezy seh.” It was a fun performance and Chris seemed to enjoy the crowd as much as they enjoyed him. After this performance it is clear that he is destined for a comeback after all.
Then of course another intermission. But to my surprise up next was Jah Cure, I was surprise cause di sun not even did out yet. Anyways he came on in a tight and when mi seh tight mi mean a “tight outfit.” He didn’t look comfortable, he was a bit off key and his rapture with the crowd did not seem real. I am a big fan, so to say I was disappointed was an understatement, I wanted more vibes from di Cure. He still performed quite well though not anywhere close to his 2009 set. He also released the “Unconditional Love” video as he exited the stage.
Then yep another band change. Then another shocking moment as they called Richie Spice to the Digicel Side stage. He was not the happiest of performers, either the stage was a problem or it was the clamp down on the song selection that had him riled. As they tried to shut di man ting down, him belt out two weed song and di place went mad cause “Di plane land, yes di plane land”.
As Richie Spice wrapped up, it was The Queen Ifrica to center stage. She did a great show but as the sun started to rise, patrons were making their way out the venue in droves. She did her best to keep the crowd on their feet as there was still one last performer to take the stage. “Serve and Protect” was her big hit for the night as she represented her birth place well. Then she transitioned off stage as Tony Rebel made his way on.
By this time the crowd had dwindled but Mr. Rebel kept the vibes going to the end. He did a great job and it was obvious that he is a true veteran.
Int Nite 1 was alright, not a strong lineup; but the entertainers there did a good job representing themselves.