Rastafari Rootz Fest ends on high note

Observer staff reporter

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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NERGRIL, Westmoreland — Patrons who attended the fourth Rastafari Rootz Fest in Long Bay Beach, Negril, last weekend left on a musical high following stellar performances by veteran and up-and-comming acts.

On Saturday night, Everton Blender had them singing along to hits like Blend Them, Don't Speak Without Knowledge, Family Man, Lift up Your Head, Ghetto People Song, Bring The Kutchie Come, among others. This earned him an encore during which he delivered If A Blenda You Want and Mi Nuh Just A Come.

After his departure, Richie Spice brought the curtains down with a captivating set, throwing down hit after hit. They included Come Again, Black Like A Tar, Righteous Youth, Tek Yuh Mind Off A Mi, Cycle, Black Woman and Brown Skin.

Before the headliners, hometown boy and former Rising Stars finalist Prince J shone with excellent showmanship, especially as he belted out Peter Tosh's Glass House, and the originals High Grade, I Pray, Blood Seekers, and Can't Keep I Down.

Other well-received acts were veterans Mackie Conscious, Lymie Murray and Mikey General, Basenta, Iziniga Ion and Major Lloyd.

The soulful Israeli singer, Susha, a cancer survivor who was treated with medical cannabis, also connected with Soldiers With Guns and Don't Worry.

Friday's opening night was highlighted by outstanding performances from Kabaka Pyramid, Kenyatta Hill, Lila Ike, Kelissa, Warrior King, Keznamdi, D-Medz and Keteis Oyande.

Chronixx, who was not billed for the show, briefly collaborated with Keznamdi to the delight of fans.

The event comprised seminars highlighting aspects of the cannabis industry. It climaxed on Sunday with an awards ceremony for the Ganjamaica Cup.

CEO of Rastafari Rootz Fest, Ras Iyah V told the Jamaica Observer that he is satisfied with its growth. He attributed the show's development to aggressive marketing.

“Honestly speaking, there was a better turnout to me this year — more enthusiasm, more interest shown in Rootz Fest,” he said. “The response from the seminars was great. I was not expecting that level of attention and type of discussions.”

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