Despite blustery winds and torrential rainfall, Follow The Arrow has been one of the better live shows since the start of the year.
Held at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary on Saturday night, the artistes kept their sets profanity-free, living up to a pre-show promise by promoters.
Home girl Lady Saw not only showed that at 43 years old she can still capture an audience, but addressed rumours regarding her personal life."Mek mi talk mi business," she said before performing songs like Wa Do Some Gyal, Study Round Here, Walk Out and If Him Lef. No one was spared Saw's wrath but it was not all trash talk. She gyrated and indulged in trademark crotch-grabbing much to the delight of her male fans. She went raunchy on Stab Up The Meat, It's Raining, Shortcomings and Good Wuk, but the best was saved for last when she ordered: "Ladies put your heels on. I need a bed and a man on this stage." Within seconds, a makeshift bed with a male lying on it was provided. As she sang the lyrics to her latest hit, Heels On, Saw gyrated suggestively on her 'prey' as the crowd roared with excitement.
Moments after Lady Saw's exit, Sizzla Kalonji's voice blared over the microphone."Mr soundman, turn up mi microphone an' the volume mek wi bun down in here," he said, before delivering a string of hits including Mash Dem Down, Simplicity, Holding Firm, I'll Be There and Slew Dem Wid Karate.
After lashing out at paedophiles and homosexuals, Sizzla turned his attention to the female fans. Among the songs he dedicated to them were Just One of Those Days, Woman I Need You and Give Me a Try.
He invited I Wayne to join him before making way for I-Octane and Bounty Killer who both gave strong performances. Earlier, an all-reggae segment featuring George Nooks, Freddie McGregor, Louie Culture and Junior Reid had the venue rocking but the loudest screams were for Cocoa Tea who defied a sudden downpour by singing and dancing to 18 And Over, Love Me, Good Life and She Loves Me Now.
Follow The Arrow organisers also honoured deejay duo Wickerman and Captain Barkey for supporting the show for over a decade. After collecting the award from sprinter Yohan Blake, an emotional Wickerman thanked organisers on behalf of his longtime music partner who was murdered in New York City last year.