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Popcaan's sounds prevent alarm

By Richard Johnson
Observer senior reporter

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

FOR those who attended the third staging of Sound Di Alarm, the charity event organised by reggae artiste Iba Mahr, it was a long night.

Held at Dinthill Technical High School in St Catherine on Sunday, the event never really got going until 2:30 am, when the organiser took to the stage. However, prior to Iba Mahr's appearance, a number of emerging acts, many from Linstead, did grace the stage.

There were numerous apologies, both from Iba Mahr as well as the emcees for the delay, which was said to be due to technical difficulties.

Once the show got going, things did proceed at brisk pace before climaxing with the “Unruly Boss” Popcaan, who hit the stage at near 6:00 am.

His set really lifted the energy of the event and made many forget the protracted starting time.

His performance was spiced with a 'run on' by Sizzla, Junior Reid, and even international act Sean Kingston.

They entertained a fair-sized audience, a giant step up from the paltry numbers which showed up for last year's event.

Prior to this finale, a number of other acts also 'passed through' to show love to Iba Mahr and support the project whose proceeds will be going towards the Linstead Hospital.

The artistes included Lutan Fyah, Bugle, an under-the-weather Nesbeth, Canada-based reggae act Exco Levi, Chuck Fenda, Luciano, Turbulence, and I-Wayne.

Mention must also be made of Capleton, who always has that ability to wake up an audience, however festival-weary, with his energy and performance. His set at Sound Di Alarm was no different.

The late start aside, Iba Mahr's event has the capacity to grow and must be encouraged. The setting at Dinthill with the ever-present fog adds character and, once the technical glitches are sorted out, will cause many to head to the sound of the alarm when next it rings.