Ghetto Splash for Waterhouse
ON Tuesday, the Ghetto Splash live show returns after a 17-year break. Promoter Patrick Roberts, who first staged the event in 1989, says while top dancehall acts will be present, it is much more than a stage show.
Ghetto Splash will also be used to bring peace to crime-riddled communities.
"We have gone into areas such as Tel Aviv, Rema and Southside and had dialogue. This will be the ultimate tool of peace for uniting the communities," said Roberts, a councillor for the Molynes Gardens division of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.
Ghetto Splash, which was last held in 1996, takes place at the Waterhouse Stadium.
Roberts and his Shocking Vibes Productions promoted the inaugural show in the Kingston community of Craig Town, where he grew up.
He says the comeback show will be on par with top local events.
"It will have every element of a major stage show in the calibre of Sting, Rebel Salute and others, except for one thing. It will be free," he said.
Among the artistes scheduled to perform at Ghetto Splash are Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Tony Rebel, Ninjaman, Assassin, Popcaan, Aidonia, Kip Rich, Nature, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Sizzla, Konshens, Chronixx, Spice, Macka Diamond, Romain Virgo, Tarrus Riley, Harry Toddler and QQ.
— Cecelia Campbell-Livingston