September 11 is a date that no one in the Western world will be allowed to forget, well at least for the next couple of decades as it reminds of that unfortunate day some years ago when an airliner crashed into the World Trade Centre, and took the lives of hundreds of innocent people.
That date also has some amount of significance, albeit with more positive connotations, in the reggae-dancehall world as it is the day that the 'Energy God', Oneil 'Elephant Man; Bryan was born into an unsuspecting world. Little did they know that this sometimes-eccentric deejay would one day become one of the most exciting deejays of the 21st century.
For the past four years, thousands of his fans have descended on his annual birthday party to celebrate with the 'Energy God'. However, this year, there is a twist as the party has found a new home in the
resort capital of Ocho Rios, and has been officially renamed, 'Shizzle'.
"Shizzle" takes place on Saturday, September 9, 2006 in the Amnesia car park, and 'Elly' hopes that all his Kingston-based fans will come down to party with him on the North Coast.
"All my artiste friends are coming too," he told YardFlex.com in an exclusive interview. "Bounty, Movado, Busy Signal, Cobra, Ninjaman, too much a dem."
"Even some ah mi foreign friends ah come too," he said, grinning through his platinum grills. "We love all artiste and all ah dem give we back love plus all ah di big sound dem, Stone Love, Coppershot and Renaissance."
Why Ocho Rios, YardFlex asked.
"Well, Ochi is really my second home," he declared. "I spend a lot of time there just cooling out and some of my closest friends live in Ochi and I am building a house there so I am going to be an official resident of Ochi real soon, so this is just my way of bonding with the people who are already my fans and will soon be my neighbours."
"We still going to party in Kingston, we caan leave out the Kingston fans, but the Shizzle is going to be an annual Ochi event."
A spokesman from Big and Mighty Productions, producers of the event, told YardFlex that all the preparations are in place to make this a stellar event.
"We will be creating a real party atmosphere in the car park with tents and lights, and great décor, plus there will be lots of cake and ice cream on the house," the spokesman said.
"SHIZZLE" is expected to become a fixture on the Ocho Rios entertainment calendar, and by all accounts, it's going to be sizzling.