All set for Ghetto Splash

Observer writer

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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PATRICK Roberts, organiser of the annual stage show Ghetto Splash, says everything's in place for an amazing show tonight.

“Preparations are coming on good! The stage, sound and lighting are ready, and we're ready to go full blast,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Ghetto Splash, scheduled for the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium in Drewsland, is free to the public.

Roberts, founder of the Shocking Vibes label, is the People's National Party (PNP) candidate for St Andrew West Central. He said over the years it has become increasing difficult to get sponsorship for the event, but he's thankful for those who continue to rally to the cause.

“It is very difficult to get sponsors. I'm not sure if it's the name Ghetto Splash, but the production is no different from (Reggae) Sumfest; it is A1 production. This is why I'm thankful for persons like Josef Bagdonovich from DownSound Records, who came on board last minute to offset underlying costs,” he said.

He also lifted his hat to the artistes who he says keep the show alive.

“Without the artistes, there is no Ghetto Splash.” he said “They (the artistes) believe in the show and want to give back to their fans. Artistes and managers even sometimes, reshuffle their schedules and cancel shows to ensure they make it to Ghetto Splash.”

Roberts was reluctant to give away too much about the surprises in store, but shared that fans can look forward to “Queen Ifrica at midnight”.

Other performers include Beenie Man, Popcaan, Aidonia, Dexta Daps, Agent Sasco, Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall, Spice, Jahfrass, Propa Fade, Govana, Dre Island, Bugle, Nesbeth, Capleton, Tarrus Riley, Peter Metro, Omari, Jah Cure and Ishawna.

“Come to expect the unexpected!” Roberts added.

Ghetto Splash was started in 1989 in Craig Town. However, the concert was relocated to Waterhouse five years ago, it has helped to maintain stability in that inner-city community.

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