Reggae Sumfest 2010 Dancehall night review

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Surprises and let downs on Sumfest Dancehall Night The field was muddy, but dancehall patrons did not mind as they turned out in their numbers for the 18th staging of Reggae Sumfest, held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex on Thursday, July 22.The show saw several interesting twists and a lot of delightful  moments coming from some  of the top performers for the night which included Aidonia,  the war lord Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Demarco and Spice just to name a few.  Johnny Gourzong  of summerfest Productions presented Bounty Killer with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution  to the dancehall scene and 15 straight performances at Sumfest.  In last year’s performance, Beenie Man was officially crowned as the King of Dancehall so it comes  as no major surprised that this year Bounty received an award of some sort.Singjay I-Octane was a hit on stage and through his performance he literally had the place on fire as flares lit up the sky. However, the only damper on his set was when he called on ZJ Liquid on stage who turned out to be a total flop.Elephant was somewhat off key with his raspy voice at some point but still rocked his fans  out with his one piece black spandex jump suit.  Spice definitely represented and even showed her remixing skills with her version  of Hold You dedicated to Prime minister Bruce Golding ‘Bruce mi wan fi hold yuh’. Before wrapping her up set, Miss Kitty and Pamputtae were on stage together doing a tribute to the ladies. Kiprich also went  more towards the political avenue, taking a shot at Golding and the continued state of emergency. Mavado failed to strike any real spark and his performance could be described as weak at best.Vybz Kartel  who was the main headliner of the night and a heavy ticket  did his entire performance on tracks – the only artiste who did not use a full band. His sets was filled his usual line up of hits and crowd pleasing tunes but for the high ticket price that Vybz received more could have definitely been done to spice up the performance.  Before closing the show, Russian was brought up on stage to perform alongside the head of the Portmore Empire. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that Vybz was  lacking a bit of vybz for the closing of Jamaica’s top reggae festival.Dancehall night in previous years has been the most attended of the three day festival. This year, with Chris Brown and Usher on the  bill, the figures may show differently.  Many patrons are interested in coming out to see two  of the top stars grace the stage here in Jamaica.