BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON Observer reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
ON an evening of exciting performances, it was roots-reggae singer Chronixx who was the clear standout at Reggae Sumfest International Night I at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex in Montego Bay, on Friday.
Making his entrance to the stage with his prophetic Start A Fire, he did just that. In his relaxed style, he wowed the crowd with his message-filled songs over his one-hour set.
The singer had no difficulty keeping the momentum going as he went through his paces with songs including Smile For Me Jamaica, Here Comes Trouble, They Don't Know, and Who Knows, which he performed with reggae artiste Protoje.
During the ballad Say My Name, a female patron in the audience exclaimed: "He is so young. How can he sing with such maturity?"
"Dancehall without reggae is not dancehall, and reggae without dancehall is not reggae," Chronixx said, as the crowd acknowledged with loud cheers.
"You know how dancehall came about? Because radio stations wouldn't play the foundation artistes songs. So they created their own space (dancehall) to promote and enjoy their music," he continued.
He made his exit to loud applause from his fans.
International artiste R&B artiste Jason Derulo could do no wrong for his fans in Jamaica. In fact, they warmed to him even more when he told them his father spent a lot of years living in Jamaica and he felt a kinship to the island.
"I'm here in Jamaica. I didn't want to miss it for the world, cause I broke my ribs, and I still had to come," he said.
Derulo set about business with his songs Marry Me, Riding Solo, The Other Side, and What's Your Name?
Patrons got 'extra' for their money when he called his romantic partner Jordin Sparks on stage to perform Vertigo. She also did No Air.
Wiz Khalifa was a hit with his many fans in the crowd. His loyalists jumped and danced to his offerings which included Work Hard, Play Hard, Thrill On It, Roll Up, On My Level, No Sleep, and Taylor Gang.
Deejay Beenie Man, who brought the curtains down on International Night I, did so in fine style as he managed to re-energise the weary Sumfest crowd. There was no mass exit from the venue as 'The Doctor' had just the right musical dosage to keep everyone entertained.
There were other good performances for the evening, including Jah Cure, Shuga, Jesse Royal, Hempress Sativa, Stuart Wilson out of Cayman, and Dann I.