25th Sumfest & the events that surrounded the showcase. From the sound clash to corporate companies displaying booths and models. To seeing music legacy like the Marley generation with Stephen Marley & Joe Mersa Marley. i’m sure Bob would be proud.
This year was and should be considered a success. The acts were outstanding, the promotions were well handled & displayed. The corporate side seemed keen to take part in this culture driven show and movement, and could say they got their monies worth in terms of endorsing their brands & products. Red Stripe along with Heineken partnered with DSE and they created a magnificent aura. Shenseea being one of the faces of mega brand Pepsi.
Now on to the show, each night was just a star studded occasion and the likes of Jah Cure, Bounty Killa, Masicka, Jahmeil, Alkaline,Spice, Dexta Daps all graced the stage and gave the crowd more than they bargained for. At one point Aidonia had the crowd in such a frenzy it was hard not to imagine him closing the show. At times we also forget that he has a decade in the industry and a catalog of hits. There were two main nights of performances. Main night 1 & Main night 2.
Its safe to say young Jahmeil has a sure future as his performance was inspiring. Alkaline being the act a lot of people waited to see was not disappointing, as he had a string of hits that was comfortable to recite by the fans. Its clear at this pace he will have more to offer by Christmas or Sting if there should be a next Sting. Kabaka had a solid show and displayed his lyrical & spiritual side. Devin Di Dakta had a solid performance and the young man proved he belonged on the main stage. The Father song was very entertaining.
Tommy Lee the man from Mobay was well received and it was clear he was prepared to give his fans and patrons one hell of a performance. It was sunrise when he started a bit short in terms of what we wanted to see but over all a very good performance. The crowd was in uproar and wanted more of their native son.
Lets have a quick talk about the women and how far Spice has come as an entertainer. She has certainly grown and deserves to wear the crown until proven otherwise. She was one of the most dominant acts and performers whether male or female. Spice sang hits and more hits plus a lyrical side which isn’t displayed often accompanied by her dancers and stage frenzy. Tifa had a solid show as belted hits from her latest projects and some of her hits from two years ago. Queen Ifrica displayed grace and elegance as she reminded the crowd why she was the “fya burning mumma”. She sang hits from her new album and was well received by the masses.
Over all it was a great show, so much talking points and acts that lived up to their stature. Some not so well but they all made talking points. You can look out for more one on one points about Sumfest 2017. Out and out we are already looking forward to next year.