‘Crazy fun’ @Daybreak
Despite sweltering temperatures and a downpour towards the end of the proceedings at last Sunday’s staging of Daybreak Breakfast Party at Sabina Park, patrons partied up a storm to their favourite songs.
Daybreak had the ingredients of being dubbed a celebrity playground. Several social media personalities including Shanice “Shanzi” Adair, TC, and Tanaania; recording artistes such as Popcaan, Shawn Antoine and Munga Honorable; former beauty queens Kadejah “Annalea X” Anderson and Davina Bennett; and former cricketer-turned-recording artiste Chris Gayle were among the hundreds of patrons who soaked up the vibes that the DJs delivered.
There was never a dull moment, as the music was on key, ranging Afrobeats, hip hop, dancehall, trap, dancehall, reggae, house music, and R&B.
During their set, MC Fyahman and DJ Laing D did it for the females. Several ‘girl’ songs pulsed throughout the venue as the ladies ‘got on bad’ with much dancing.
My Princess Gone by Jah Mason, Love and Affection by Pressure Buss Pipe, It’s a Pity by Tanya Stephens, Too Experienced by Barrington Levy, Cheater’s Prayer by Christopher Martin, Goodas Fi Dem by Tony Matterhorn, Bun Him by Macka Diamond, and newcomer RajahWild’s Go Go which is featured on the revived Go Go Club rhythm (dubbed Dutty Money rhythm) had the ladies in a seeming trance.
“The party was good, our sets were good, the vibes did nice,” Fyahman shared in an interview with the Jamaica Observer post-performance.
He added: “To prepare for an event like this it takes a lot of mental work. But we put things together and we went out there and delivered.”
ZIP 103 FM‘s Johnny Kool was also in fine form as he delivered crowd-pleasers, among them Paddle Boat by Najeeriii, Wild Out by RajahWild, Rum Behaviour by Kraff, Drift by Teejay, Independent Ladies by Vanessa Bling, and Aidonia’s chart-buster Tip Pon Yuh Toe.
Fyah 105 FM‘s Brush1 alongside DJ Franco blazed an enviable trail with the Black Eyed Peas’ I Got a Feeling, Kelly Clarkson’s massive hit Since U Been Gone, and Icana Pop’s I Don’t Care (I Love It).
They also threw in some soca treats such as Destra’s Lucy and Monster Winer by Kerwin Du Bois and Lil Rick for good measure.
Juggling masters (winners of the 2023 Guinness Sounds of Greatness competition) JJ Deadlock and DJ Insaneo put in a nice set during the early juggling as patrons warmed to their delivery of R&B and hip hop hits from the 1990s.
Former Heineken Green Synergy winner, Montego Bay-based DJ Jigga represented well as he ran through R&B and hip hop treats from the early- to mid-2000s.
“The Christmas edition of Daybreak, for me, is the best, and I look forward to it all the time,” said patron and former Miss Universe Jamaica East titleholder Kadejah Anderson, who is also pursuing a music career as Annalea X.
She added: “The food here is great, the vibe is great, and the music is rocking. I’m having a blast.”
Brittannia, another patron at the event, said it was her first time and it has exceeded her expectations.
“This is my first time at Daybreak, I came with some friends who have been telling me for years that I should come, and I am pleasantly surprised. It is actually better than I expected, and I am so excited,” said Brittannia.
Recording artiste Shawn Antoine said: “Daybreak is a vibe. The sun is out and people are enjoying themselves. A nice set of people.”
Patron Denise Thomas said: “It has a good, nice vibe. I’m loving it.”
It was Chris Fresh’s seventh time attending Daybreak: “Yow, it’s crazy fun. I’ve been coming here seven years now and it never disappoints.”
Dwayne Dacres, one of the coordinators of Daybreak, was pleased with the event’s execution.
“For me, there were a few highlights of the event: The exceptional dÃ©cor and atmosphere that was created for the event. Our food court was filled with a variety of caterers serving delicious breakfast and brunch options throughout the day. The music was amazing from your renowned DJ line-up,” shared Dacres.
Asked what goes into putting an event such as Daybreak together, Dacres explained: “It’s months of planning that goes into an event of this magnitude. We have a solid team that is dedicated to ensuring that we deliver an event of high standard for every staging.”
Dacres added that Daybreak’s unique experience is what keeps patrons coming back to each staging.
“We put a lot of thought into delivering a unique experience for our patrons, and this is paramount in our vision for the brand, and will guarantee patrons leaving the event feeling satisfied that they got their money’s worth and will keep them coming back for more,” Dacres disclosed.
Daybreak heads to Florida for a staging on February 18.
The next local staging is earmarked for April 5 during the Jamaica Carnival festivities.