Tommy Lee to headline Sting

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer

Friday, September 21, 2012

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TOMMY Lee, dancehall's latest sensation, is the headline act for the 29th staging of Sting at the Jamworld Entertainment Centre in Portmore, St Catherine on Boxing Day.

The singjay, a member of the Vybz Kartel-led Portmore Empire, is currently enjoying in-demand status, and his Uncle Demon mixtape is a hot commodity.

"Tommy Lee is really the person this year that everybody is going to be focusing on," says Isaiah Laing, head honcho for Supreme Promotions, promoters of Sting.

After a dip in crowd support for Sting last year, Laing predicts this year's staging will have one of the biggest crowds in recent times.

"Wi bringing back the show to the level that the people want. This year, look for a bumper crowd," he told Splash.

Laing said he and his co-director Howard 'Heavy D' McIntosh saw Lee one year ago, before he was an established act.

"Last year, we went for the young artistes and the young generals; they are mature now," he said. "One of them was Tommy Lee. A lot of people weren't even focusing on him then, but Heavy D and I knew what he had in him. We said this artiste going to be one of the baddest artistes within the dancehall."

Lee burst onto the music scence in 2011, and has not looked back.

From the community of Flanker, Montego Bay, he is known for songs such as Warn Dem, Grave Yard, Uncle Demon, Nuh Fear Dem, Daddy Devil and Psycho.

In the past, Sting showcased over 50 artistes, but because this year is Jamaica's 50th anniversary, the number will not exceed that amount. Keeping with tradition, there is a vintage segment with a four-the-hard-way clash of old- school performers.

The official press launch for Sting 2012 takes place in November.

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