Pulse's Superjam — a super event

Sunday, January 06, 2013

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DESPITE her recent talk of going gospel, Lady Saw delivered an entertaining and no-holds barred performance at Friday's renewal of Pulse's Superjam on Trafalgar Road in New Kingston, St Andrew.

It was just shy of midnight when the show's sole female act — clad in a glittering micro mini skirt — burst onto the stage declaring: "A wah do some gyal?"

Her opening tracks seemed to be a response to the on-going saga involving a several other female dancehall artistes. She drew on favourites Man A Di least a Mi Problem, Me Like Mi Mate, If Him Lef', and Woman We Name.

The artiste, whose given name is Marion Hall, had her audience singing along and laughing at scenarios she set up during her hour-long set.

She went hardcore dropping on-the-spot rhymes. The artiste was forced to hold back on the raunch, despite encouragement from the audience, opting to discontinue performing The Curse.

However, Lady Saw truly saved the best for last when she performed her current hit track, Heels. For this set, she invited a male and female member of the audience on stage to demonstrate the 'heels on' technique. This sent patrons wild.

Lady Saw's scintillating performance was only matched that evening by the workman-like set of Busy Signal.

The deejay, who was recently released from a six-month sentence in a United States federal prison, gave his audience something to remember. Combining a string of familiar tracks as well as new works. Step Out, Up in Har Belly, Night Shift, Pon de Edge, One More Night, and his reggae cover of Kenny Rogers' The Gambler were all interspersed with pieces he wrote during incarceration and recorded since his release.

The most telling of these new tracks is The Mystery, which Busy says was inspired by local attorney KD Knight and chronicles the experiences just before, and during his prison term.

The audience would become even more attached to the performance when Busy declared that he can now "sing 'confidenta'...no, mek dat 'confidentera' that mi nah go a jail again."

He then launched into the popular track which saw arms waving and lighters flickering in support of the deejay.

Earlier in the evening, the show opened with young promise, Chronixx, who delighted his following with his popular tracks.

They Don't Know, Behind Curtain, Start a Fyah, Love for Granted and Beach of Riverside all went over well. This act is truly one for the future.

Chronixx was followed by Christopher Martin. The former Rising Stars winner remains a favourite with the female members of the audience. However, Friday night was not one of his best performances. He did command attention, but the sparkle which is often present in his stage performances was missing.

The night would culminate at with Sizzla in mid-flight as the police moved in to shut down the event for breaches of the Noise Abatement Act. This was near 3:00 am. But prior, in true Sizzle Kalonji fashion he would reel off a string of hits from his extensive catalogue, sending his fans into a frenzy.





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