Tommy Lee closes Sumfest Night 1 in fine style

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tommy-lee-photo-12.jpgIt would certainly be argued successfully that Tommy Lee Sparta was the top act for what is still being called Reggae Sumfest Dancehall Night by the public, despite an initiative b y the organisers to label it Sumfest Night 1.

Anyway, that aside, with a bumper crowd, who shelled out $4,500 for pre-sale and $6000 at the gate for tickets, and with a large part of that crowd staying to watch Tommy Lee's performance after big guns Alkaline and Mavado, the the Sparta man must be saluted.

Tommy Lee Sparta's relatively short performance comprised high, higher, highest and Alkaline must take some credit, for it was he who threw the first punch by calling up Tommy Lee's name in a derogatory manner during his own thrilling performance. Of course, the crowd waited with bated breath to hear if the man from Sparta and the son of Montego Bay would answer the Vendetta Boss. Of course, Tommy Lee did...and the crowd loved. They had waited for his closing performance at Catherine Hall on Saturday morning and he delivered.

A deafening combination of vuvuzelas, shouts, screams and claps greeted Tommy Lee on arrival on stage and this energy, impossible as it seemed, grew even grater throughout his 10-minute set.

Of course, his entrance was made even grander by MC Nuffy who reminding patrons to the 25th staging of Reggae Sumfest that Alkaline had ventured into the city and "dissed" the hometown deejay.

After entering the stage in a straight jacket, which was ripped off him by a member of his entourage, Tommy Lee wasted no time in going after the 'Vendetta' artiste.

"Mi see some bwoy ah try hold out the show," he said, before going into his Not A Badness diss track aimed at Alkaline.He then reeled off several of his popular songs including Spartan Soldier, Buss A Blank and Stacking Up The Paper

However, despite a hungry crowd hanging onto the deejay's every syllable, Tommy Lee was yanked from the stage by his management, reportedly on the instructions of the organisers, who had time constraints.