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Solid sets at final show in live music series for 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017



The organisers of the live music series 100 Live sought to close 2017 on a high on Wednesday night with a solid line-up of acts.

The six acts — newcomer Tosh Alexander; cultural act DBurnz; the entertaining Chi Ching Ching; the dance class master Ding Dong; Mr Cross, Angry, Miserable “Bouny Killer” and Dada himself, while Sizzla Kalonji, all gave a good accounts of themselves entertaining the fair-sized audience gathered for the holiday event.

It was, however, the two more seasoned acts who proved the pick of the night.

For the true Rodney Price fans, Bounty Killer offered more of he what has come to be known for over the two decades and more that he has been entertaining audiences. It began with the full-black attire, his idiosyncratic dance moves; all wrapped up and presented alongside the string of hit songs which span over the decades. But no Bounty Killer performance is completed without the legendary Bounty-isms, those quotable quotes from his on-stage banter, and Wednesday's set had its fair share.

“Andrew Holness, Hol' dis” as he reeled of his crime-fighting plan. He took a jab at entertainment personality L A Lewis, whom he referred to as L A Chewis — referencing a recent video of Lewis— before launching into his anthem Wutliss Boy.

His set was also punctuated with commentary on various social ills.

Where Bounty Killer left off, Sizzla picked up at 1:15 am. What would follow was another signature performance from this popular act.

Here again, the tracks from his more than 70 albums rained on the audience inside the venue located at 100 Hope Road in the Liguanea area of St Andrew.

Hit after hit! And even when he was told he only had 10 minutes to go, the artiste born Miguel Collins just kept giving a taste of the music he is known for, while like his predecessor on stage, he peppered his set with commentary.

The sets by these two veterans were primed by those of Chi Ching Ching and Ding Dong — accompanied by his team of dancers, Ravers Clavers.

Both acts have music that heavily relies on accompanying dance moves that it is hard not to be entertained.

For Chi Ching Ching, the lanky artiste had the audience moving in tandem with Kick Out, Way Up, Watchi Wya, the ever-popular Breadfruit, as well as Rock The World, the first single from his up-coming album due in early 2018. His set was given variety with a cameo from Zagga, whose tracks Free Up and My Destination went over well.

Ding Dong and his team of nine dancers took the dancing to the audience, ensuring that they got a full taste of Siva, Shampoo, Low Mi Nuh, Holiday and the latest Fling Yuh Shoulder.

The opening acts of the night, Tosh Alexander and DBurnz, are definitely ones to look for in the future. Alexander has it physically and vocally, but stage experience will serve her well. DBurnz is a great performer. His versatility and ease on stage is immediately noticeable. He however needs that strong hit song to make an audience appreciate his talent.

The organisers are to be commended for a smooth event — from entry to exit. The decision to move the event from the roof to the more spacious parking lot was welcomed, as there were concerns that the roof would have been too cramped given the line-up. One anticipated more great showings from this series in 2018.

— Richard Johnson

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