Entertainment

Wet but fabulous

By Simone Morgan Observer staff reporter

Monday, January 21, 2013    

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Not even a waterlogged and muddy venue could prevent a massive turnout on night two of Rebel Salute.

Patrons at the Richmond Estate in St Ann saw outstanding performances from Terror Fabulous, I Wayne, Chronixx, Sizzla Kalonji and Busy Signal Saturday evening and early Sunday.

The blaring horns of fans became deafening when MC Mutabaruka announced veteran deejay Terror Fabulous would take centerstage. Terror Fabulous, who has made sporadic appearances due to mental challenges, started with Jah Works which was followed by No Retreat No Surrender.

Minutes into his performance, he appeared overwhelmed and paused for a few seconds. However, with support from the audience and fellow entertainers, Fabulous continued and was joined by an energetic Nadine Sutherland for their chart-topping collaborations Action and Anything for You. The packed venue hung on to every word.

I Wayne announced himself with his trademark phrase "Lavaground". In addition to performing his hit of the same name, Book of Life and Living in Love, I Wayne lashed out at homosexuals, politicians, paedophiles and 'Babylon system', much to the delight of the audience who lit their lighters and waved their flags in approval.

I Wayne announced himself with his trademark phrase "Lavaground". In addition to performing his hit of the same name, Book of Life and Living in Love, I Wayne lashed out at homosexuals, politicians, paedophiles and 'Babylon system', much to the delight of the audience who lit their lighters and waved their flags in approval.

Singing Melody, Richie Spice, Ernie Smith, Chezideck, Prezident Brown, Lady G, Iba Mahr and Robert Ffrench also delivered tight sets.

The 'Fire Muma' Queen Ifrica was captivating on hits like Let's Get Silly, Daddy and Keep it To Yuhself. She invited budding entertainer Wayne Jay on stage. The deejay, who appeared to be no older than eight years old, had the audience in a frenzy. He also took on child molestation and education.

Fast-rising Chronixx was another crowd-pleaser. He could do no wrong and had the undivided attention of the crowd throughout his set. Among the songs he performed were Never Giving Up, Behind Curtain and Warrior.

But as daybreak beckoned, weary patrons began making their way toward the exit.

"This is a joke, the show is now being held for two days and at minutes to 5:00 and there are still a number of acts left to perform. I am still exausted from last night and the venue is extremely muddy...this is far from being impressive," said an annoyed Marcia Richfield.

Similar sentiments came from other fans, some of whom complained about the numerous band changes. The organisers seemed to have been forgiven after I-Octane, Sizzla Kalonji and Busy Signal delivered fantastic performances. It was approximately 8:15 am when the crowd began filing out, signaling an end to the 2013 Rebel Salute.

Earlier, promoters presented their first health expo. The event

featured an array of health care serices and showcased Jamaica's indigenous and current art forms.

There was mixed reaction to Rebel Salute which was held for the first time over two days and at a new venue. While a majority of patrons welcomed the expo, others believe more work is needed for the smooth running of the event.

"It was too drawn out... no one wants to wait until the sun start shining in order to see their favourite acts. However, I do like the line-up and the expo was very educational," said Marcus Stripe from Britain.

"Aside from the long wait and numerous band changes it was a really good show. Next year the organisers need to go back to the drawing board in order for the show to run smoothly, no one wants to the sun to dry the night dew that fell on them," said Jamaican Alecia Richards.

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