Entertainment

Ghetto splash back with a bang

BY SIMONE MORGAN Observer staff reporter morgans@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, December 19, 2013    

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THOUSANDS of patrons from Waterhouse and neighbouring com-munities converged at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium Tuesday for Ghetto Splash.

There was not a dull moment with the packed venue treated to outstanding performances from Romain Virgo, Capelton, Konshens,

I-Octane, Mavado, Popcaan and Beenie Man.

When MC Sample Man announced that Virgo was about to hit the stage, a large group of females rushed the stage.

The pencil-slim singer had fans moving to and fro to Rain is Falling, Letting Go and a rendition of Adele's Don't You Remember.

Capelton's frenetic set was dominated by his signature leaps and waves from the crowd. Spray cans were ignited when the 'fireman' turned the energy up with Slew Dem, Small World and We No Lotion Man.

Konshens was also a hit with the women. A throng of them screamed as they tried desperately to touch the deejay.

Although most of his set was dedicated to the females, there was no gender bias when Konshens did Do Summen and Realest Medz. Both had fans saluting by 'bussing blanks'.

As dawn approached, the performance time for the entertainers was cut short. I-Octane was joined onstage by Beenie Man, Kiprich, Mavado and Popcaan for a show-stopping combination.

Firecrackers also went off for their solo performances. Over-zealous female fans grabbed Popcaan, causing him to fall, but he was not injured.

Earlier, great performances came from Major Mackerel, Tony Rebel, Admiral Bailey, Fantan Mojah, Jah Bouks, Specialist and Ikaya.

It had been 17 years since the last Ghetto Splash. Tuesday's event was organised by Patrick Roberts, who conceptualised the inaugural show in 1989.

It got the thumbs-up from fans like Ricardo Brooks, from Penwood Road.

"This is really a great event. It is not just about the entertainment, but this is an avenue for the inner-city communities to unite and party peacefully in one location. This is refreshing as some of these communities have been feuding with each other for months, if not years," he said.

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