Klik JA arrived to a wet and muddy Sumfest Dancehall night at 2am. Demarco was wrapping up his set with “True Friends” as I made my way in. By the time I got to the stage, Miss Kitty, overly hyped, was introducing Lord Evil, the JOP Boss, Aidonia. He entered on stage wearing a long black Trench, looking real official. The performance was high intensity straight through. Very diverse song selection coupled with his commanding presence and vitality on stage, made this presentation on Sumfest 2010 golden. He performed “Heart is hers” with his lovely guest singer and closed his act with the soul crying “Watch Ova Me Jehovah” accompanied by a church choir.
Then at 2:44am it was I-octane’s chance to wow the crowd, he entered to crazy fireworks which was pleasant to witness, as he is a relative new comer to the Sumfest stage. He got the vibes conscious and mellow and the night lit up, as he performed hits like “Think a little time” and “Lose a Friend”. The crowd was really feeling his set.
By 3:05AM, Miss Kitty called Agent Sasco to the stage, the crowd showed much love upon his arrival and he had a solid set, strong vocals but the performance was not connecting with the audience for the most part. However, songs like “Hand to Mouth” “Not Afraid” and “Almighty Protect” went over well with the audience. One patron uttered, “This is a yute wid whole heap a chune pon radio but di live shows dem not commanding”.
At 3:30AM, Elephant man took the stage and did hits after hits as fireworks filled the sky. The performance had high and low points but it came together by the time he uttered “weh duty Matterhorn deh”. At this point Matterhorn entered with “Goodas Fi Dem” which Ele answered with “Nuh ready fi di Video”. Matterhorn’s “Dutty Brownin” got a lot of forward and he didn’t slow down from that point. The show went on a break, as the band change for Movado’s upcoming performance was taking place.
Movado had a strong set, the crowd was really loving his performance. Hope and Pray went over well, he blessed up the five star general, Bounty Killer, before the tribute began.
Then Bounty gave us a controlled performance with great effort, this was the first time it became blatantly obvious that artistic freedom was getting thwarted under the guise of censorship. He dubbed it, The Honorable, performance and even mentioned keeping it clean for the promoters. By the end of the performance and tribute I was drained. Following last year’s magnanimous Crowning of King Beenie on the same night, I was very disappointed. I believe Bounty was robbed his glory, in that he had little freedom to do his set his own way even though the night was to honor him. At around 5:20AM, the place was half asleep when the tribute finally came to its culmination and genuine emotions ensued from the Killa, it was a humbling experience as he became choked up and accepted his honors with profound pride. He asked the crowd to wait for Vybz Kartel as the night was not yet finished.
Kartel entered to crowd frenzy as everyone gathered around to witness his show stopping performance. He entered to news footage of his recent arrest, fully suited in a jail house orange jumpsuit, topped off with handcuffs and a police escort. He started his set very strong in the wee hours of the morning but as the time dragged on it was becoming all too excessive and bland. The other Gaza representatives had their moments but it is full time they start doing their own set onstage.
This was the end of the show. From the earlier hours I was informed that Spice held it down as the best female performer for the night while newcomer, Cargo, got the most forwards fi di night. So mi hear still.
A very long four hours, the mood was somber, di place did wet and muddy. Nothing like Sumfest 2009!!!