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MoBay artistes shine at Reggae Sumfest

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - MUSIC aficionados are proud of the outstanding performances by Montego Bay-born (and based) artistes at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre.

One of the performances, which left an indelible mark on the patrons attending the 22nd staging of the "greatest reggae festival on earth", was that of Nature on International Night 1.

The singer showed nimble footwork and utilised the entire stage to send patrons into wild cheers, as he went through Revolution, Break Free, Wasting Time, Don't Want to Be Lonely, among others.

He expressed satisfaction with his performance and the patrons' response to it.

"I am 150 per cent satisfied. I feel good to know that contrary to what some might think, the music is alive," Nature said.

He added: "What sets me apart from some of the other acts is that, I do not only bring a conscious message, but I also bring entertainment."

One of western Jamaica's veteran reggae music pundits, Ralson Russell, gave Nature's performance passing grades.

"It was a great performance. Him ready," an impressed Russell told the Observer West.

The Downsound-produced singer, took the stage immediately after Montegonian diva Shuga. The 2009 Digicel Rising Star winner impressed throughout a tight, professional performance.

On the same night, upcoming roots singer Jesse Royal impressed on his Sumfest debut.

The St James native was impressive in the delivery of his songs including Hotter The Battle, Greedy Babylon, Modern Day Judas and Feeling So Dread.

Another artiste making a maiden Sumfest appearance, songstress Prissy G, was impressive as she kickstarted the final night of the festival International Night 2, on Saturday.

The crooner did songs such as What's Life, Let's Party, Yellow Tape and Rock My Boat.

Other Montegonians Rhyme Minista and Ricky Teetz, who appeared on Dancehall Night, also performed creditably.

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