Delightful sets at Portland's PAN affair

Monday, October 02, 2017

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AGENT Sasco aka Assassin, Jahmiel, and gospel singer Jermaine Edwards led the entertainment delights at last Saturday's staging of PAN 2017 Regional 2, held at Folly Oval in Portland. Hosted by CB Foods, the event, despite continuous rain throughout the day, attracted thousands of patrons who came out to partake in the day's offerings.

On stage, comedian and broadcaster Dufton “Duffy” Shepherd was in his element, as he kept patrons entertained with several onstage activities and giveaways from sponsors.

With Nico “Bam Bam” Supreme on the musical wheels of steel, patrons grooved to some of the current hits of the day.

Singjay Jahmiel created some ripples with well known songs including True Colours, Strongest Soldier, and his chart-topper Gain the World.

Agent Sasco aka Assassin was spot on with his presentation. As the rains began to pelt harder, fans danced up a storm and showed their appreciation of his professional set. His interaction with fans was absolutely on point.

With a large catalogue of hits, Agent Sasco reeled them off one by one. Don't Make We Hold You, Hand Inna Di Air, Idiot Ting Dat, Guide and Protect, and Roughest and Toughest were in his arsenal.

Gospel singer Jermaine Edwards took the crowd to church as he led worship and praise with songs including It's a Beautiful Day, Hallelujah Naw Bow, I'm Bless, Under the Rock, One Day at a Time and Lift Jesus Higher. Fans stood firm in the rain with umbrellas and sang along word for word.

Kemoi Burke, events & promotions coordinator at CB Foods, reflected on the day's proceedings.

“Today was something else. It was so much more than I had expected. I thought that the rain would've deterred people from coming out but they came and supported us. The competitors braved the weather themselves even though conditions weren't perfect. They stuck to the task and had a great time,” said Burke.

PAN 2017 is a culinary extravaganza which highlights the efforts and economic impact of the numerous pan men and women across the island. Now in its 12th year, CB Foods continues its annual cooking contest to crown the island's top pan chicken man or woman.

Red Stripe is a partner of PAN 2017.

“Well, Red Stripe has been a part of PAN for many years. This is something that we believe in and this is a part of how we give back, by supporting a festival of this nature. And of course, there's nothing better than chicken and beer, and Red Stripe is the great Jamaican beer,” said Michelle Cunningham, assistant brand manager.

Regional 2 saw 35 competitors competing for gift packages from sponsors and cash prizes. The first-place winner from each parish won $40,000 cash, while the second-place winner walked away with $20,000 cash. Both first- and second-place winners will advance to the grand finals scheduled for October 29 at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre in St Andrew.

The winners in last Saturday's round were:

Kingston & St Andrew:

1st place: Jamie Martin

2nd place: Shermaine Nelson

St Ann

1st place: Juney Raffington

2nd place: Eric Beaver

St Mary

1st place: Lance Fairweather

2nd place: Kareen Johnson


1st place: Jason Franklyn

2nd place: Donald Williams

St Catherine

1st place: Janice Scarlett

2nd place: Meisha Wright


1st place: Carole Maxwell

2nd place: Oneil Skeen

St Thomas

1st place: Tatrice Balliston

2nd place: Kerisa Wright

Miracle Tomato Ketchup Sauce Competition:

1st place: Jamie Stewart

2nd place: Eric Beaver

3rd place: Shermaine Nelson




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