Pulsating performances mark festival’s Int’l Reggae Night
Dancehall sensation Keymar Ottey, better known by his stage name, Ding Dong, punctuated a night of exhilarating performances for the International Reggae Night edition of the Bernard ‘Yampie’ Nibbs Festiville.
Ding Dong’s performance concluded just before a downpour sent patrons rushing for the exits around 3 am earlier today, August 3.
The artiste and his Ravers Clavers dancers put on a clinical exhibition of high-energy entertainment for an enraptured crowd starved of such spirited fare for what may have seemed an eternity to many.
The performance by the entertainer included much interaction with fans as he dipped in and out of the crowd belting out many of his chart-topping hits along the way such as ‘Bad Man’, ‘Fling’, ‘Wul Up’ and ‘Lowe Mi’, among others.
As if that were not enough, the artiste invited several members of the audience on stage at the end of his set for a memorable dance-off that will definitely leave tongues wagging for some time to come.
Meanwhile, iconic reggae band, Steel Pulse, added its own special flavour to the packed crowd, reeling off a slew of hits from its own very extensive catalogue.
The UK-based band was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1986 for its Babylon the Bandit release, and the group had little trouble demonstrating just why it has continued to be a crowd favourite for well over four decades.
Founding member and lead vocalist, David Hinds, made several references to the continued need for the fight for freedom and justice for repressed people and many of the songs echoed that familiar theme throughout the band’s performance.
Earlier featured acts of the night included the Final Faze band, Sistah Joyce and Ritical who each gave spirited performances of their own that were well received by the appreciative crowd.