Great performances at Sumfest 2011

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Johnny Gourzong and his team must take a bow, because this Sumfest high on entertainment value. 
All the artistes performed well (except Kartel) and although R Kelly was missing, Friday night was still a great night. Beres, Coco Tea, Bunny Wailer, Tanya Stephens, Half Pint, Prophecy and others were in fine form and gave patrons their money's worth. 
Jah B closed the show in fine style, despite the fact that many of the patrons had left the venue by then. But he put on a world class performance that turned Catherine Hall into a real dancehall.
We know the numbers weren't so right, but the vibes could not have been better. And when Beres call up Marion Hall, aka Lady Saw on stage for a collaboration, it was quite a show.
Dancehall Night was awesome and the outstanding performers were I-Octane, Assassin, Konshens and Beenie Man. 
One word of caution though, has to do with the flares and the fire crackers. It needs to be banned before somebody gets hurt. During I-Octane's peroformance the fire looked like it was getting out of control; the artistes need to stop buying these things and then pretend that it's their fans who are doing it spontaneously.
Nicki Minaj did what was expected on Saturday night but she had stiff competition from the likes of Wayne Wonder who performed right after her. Wayne Wonder was truly awesome. After the crowd disappeared following Nicki's performance, Wayne started singing and by his third song, people were standing should-to-shoulder, hands in the air, shouting and singing as they showed approval for reggae's golden boy.
Chalice closed the show doing all their hits and included in their segment was a tribute to the late Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs by none other than Geore Nooks. Well done George!
Next year marks 20 continuous years of Reggae Sumfest. Already the anticipation is running high.

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