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Reggae Headliners storm Miami with Best of the Best

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By Olimatta Taal and CJ
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

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Over thirty thousand disciplined patrons attended the Best of the Best Reggae Concert held at the Miami Bicentennial Park in South Florida on May 27th, Memorial Day. It was a day of excitement, fun, and musical enjoyment for the entire family as some of the most dominant artist in the Reggae industry delivered set after set.

Best of The Best was hosted by a slew of veteran DJs like Papa Keith of Clear Channel's 103.5 The Beat, DJ Khaled of WEDR's 99 Jamz, Jabba from Hot 97 in New York, Super Twitch, and Chip Lee The Performer, to name a few. There was a combination of music from top Jamaican Sounds, DJs and selectors that kept the audience entertained in throughout the show. Even with an opening crowd of approximately 3,000, the show began on time, marking a big feat for this type of production that historically does not run on schedule.
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Shifta and Niki B opened with a bang. Jovie Rockwell, fresh from her previous day's video shoot, rocked the crowd with her new hits. The concert continued, approaching its climax when Hip-Hop superstar Akon got on stage. Although many were disappointed with his early, sunshine performance, they still sang along with many number 1 hits like, No Body Want to See Us Together. The African rapper sent many female fans into a frenzy when he surprisingly jumped into the crowd and sang directly to them. Women seemed to be in ecstasy as they grabbed and held on to his statuesque body.
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As expected, Lady Saw commanded the audience with a selection of her raw hits and compelling stage presence. Shaggy delivered hit after hit while Da'Ville swooned the ladies with his soothing voice.

One of the evening's highlights was Tony Matterhorn's gimmick, that saw him get on stage as, Mr. Mentally Ill, in a full white helmeted Martian suit, accompanied by a space themed sound track in the background, that indicated he was the "man from mars". The crowd reveled as the selector turned artiste delivered many number one hits including Dutty Wine and Goodas Fi Dem. The fans' enthusiasm was evident as they displayed a sea of dancing flags. Different Caribbean and African flags could be seen waving in the air.

Barrington Levy took the crowd down memory lane. He received many forwards from the attendees as they sang along to Too Experience, Murderer, Broader than Broadway, and other true Barrington Levy anthems. Munga Honorable made his mark as the newest dancehall sensation, dressed in a red, gold, and green hoodie. As he declared Me Bad From Me Born, the crowd clung on to every word.
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Buju Banton's electrifying performance demanded a forward. In between his string of hit songs, Gargamel intrigued the audience with words of wisdom and inspiration. A strong combination of his harmonious backing singers and his strong baritone voice made the performance one to remember. The audience sang along as he belted out Driver, Murderer, Untold Story, Browning, Blackening, and many other Buju classics.

In true Caribbean style, as the night grew later, the crowd got more dense. By the time Capleton, The Prophet, blessed the stage the crowd had amassed past the vendors' location, spreading to the very back of the vast property. Dressed in royal silver and gold, King Shango burned a fire. Capleton displayed "the best of the best" as he took the audience back to the good old days of Dancehall in the early 90's. His love for the woman was evident as he performed a number of songs dedicated to them. The most memorable moment was a new song that he performed just for mothers. The passion and energy that was displayed in his set was impeccable.

The Bad Boy of dancehall, Elephant Man, delivered next. Recently signed to Puff Daddy’s Bad Boy Label, the Energy God flexed his industry muscle by inviting Wyclef Jean on stage. They performed an unreleased duet. Delivering his standard gimmicks and stunts, Ele invited two big women on stage, picked up one of them and proceeded to gyrate, before flinging her across the stage in amusement. He also gave the Miami and International massive his usual pole climb. Whisking up to 24 feet in the air, while singing and entertaining the crowd as The True Energy God. In between songs, he made reference to not going back to his Hotel as there was a gay convention in town and many attendees were staying where all the Reggae artist were housed.

The show came to a grand finale with the Alliance Crew represented by Bounty Killer, Movado, and Wayne Marshall. The audience sang along to Gangsta For Life, Say Dem Can't, Chat Too Much, and other favorites as the crew bounced tunes from one to the other. The Warlord was in a great mood as he delivered his poor people and bad man anthems. He kept the warfare to a minimum. Although he gave a stellar performance many were still waiting on his classics like Fed Up and Cellular Phone. Wayne Marshall had the people singing out of the palm of his hands with Astronaut, I Forgot Dem, and other hits.

Although many patrons were outraged over the admission cost, VIP location and lack of organization, the show was a great feat overall. On another positive note, all 30,000 people in attendance from different parts of the Globe, united together under one vibration without incident. Each artist, vendor, staff and patron represented themselves as the Best of The Best.

  • Daclansh

    @ Ricky, little something, you need to get the difference between real life and entertainment. in life a man haffi do weh him haffi duh fi survive. beenie's life is his career and if him waan go pick up skettel or apologize to fish man then him can do that and mi nuh care as long as him a do him work that i rate him for then frock his personal life. the man nah beg nutten from nobody and him a him own big man so once again him can do that. now i only address yuh cause yuh a seh di man done when that nah happen but p$##@y like you will love to see a great artist like that flop. BIG UP BEENIE MAN HIM A THE KING AND HIM SET EVERY TREND INNA DANCEHALL RIGHT NOW:DANCING,DRESSING,ETC.

  • Dianne

    @ Nadine

    I am packing my bags to go on a nice 3weeks paid vacation to south beach miami,I'll be staying @ the Royal Plams hotel in the heart of south beach Miami. NADINE you are a poor likkle ting mi nuh have time fi ansa yuh. You a post seh you a peep through hole ana watch ollie fada a molest him, den ina another chat room you seh you a work wid kids ina the health proffession, mi only glad seh my 8 year old son nuh ina your supervision because you woulda try F**k him.Your're very confused mi write a posting to you and you ansa back to mi but address it to Susan, Stop S**K woman and learn to ge de name dem straight. i am sure you must have more in your brain then just shit weh smell stink.Please bear in mind if you respond, i'll have no time to ansa, i'll be too busy enjoying my self on the beach.Watch the fries,flip the burgers and stop lurking ina yardflex chat room NADINE, de customers at MACDONALDS are hungry and they need to order an get dem food..Work , work b**ch

    @ DREW

    Mi know seh a one ting you good @ an dat a fi trace woman, its either you are seeing you monthly and you run out a pads,or you ass a bun you becuz you a bend ova to much or too long. Your home girl NADINE a mek you look bad brother, she mek you look like you can't stand on you own feet as a real man. imagin you an Raskal a vent and Nadine have fi a protect you ,you can't reason wid Raskal one on one.yu have fi a hyde backa Nadine skirt.But if a woman like me say something you come out swinging and tracing.now mi have just prove my point you are a fassy. Raskal only a look good now because him naaw trace,and him naaw argue wid Nadine becuz him no seh NADINE A WOMAN him only waah beat up you Blood c88TH..Drew please get a back bone,!!!!!! STOP hyde backa woman skirt fi protection a only fassy hole do dat.My man fight,vent,and do every thing to protect me him nuh hyde backa mi...And one last ting OLLIE nat even a trace Nadine, he thinks shitting in her face iz de only ting she iz worth.Him naaaw trace her read his postings and you'll learn seh man nuh trace woman DREW. Mi NO SEH YOU AGO COME BACK AN TRACE ,WATCH DIS PEOPLE!!!!

    @ Piggy

    I don't know if you are a man, a woman, or a he\she. You start to look real stupid, you post an address fi Raskal fi come beat up you bL**Dc***T .And de address Lead to one store wid a salvation army beside it, what a pitty piggy!!!!.are you living at the salvation army? instead of cussing you should be asking us for help. There is an organization call PATH,its on power street in the Bronx Ny go deh and dem will help you wid schooling and ways to get a real job.And if you a bad man don't post seh you live in orange county in another chat room then post seh you live a Bronx New york in onother chat room. because you lies will catch up to you like it did, Some one name B4 live a Bronx went to the address you posted an said it was a store him also post the zip code , i used the google directions map and i saw its a frigging store.

    As Beenie MAN would a seh to fassy hole piggy and the she\he crew..

    ''IN DIS YAH WAR YOU BETTA GET YOUR SELF A G*N, MAN AGO DEAD ,GET YOUR SELF A G*N ,CAUSE YOU A BAD MAN CHI CHI MAN, GET YOU SELF A G*N, YAH CHI CHI TALLY MAN,



    NADINE OPEN UP AN DREW BIT OUT HER SOUL, AND LEFF JUBBA AN MAJOR T A BAWL FI DEM ASS HOLE!!!

    IN DIS YAH YOU BETTA GET YOU SELF A G*N MAN AGO DEAD GET YOU SELF A G*N

  • B4

    kEEP YOU B***DC***H MOUT SHUT NADINE,YOUR PROBLEM IZ THAT YOU STINKING FASSY HOLE BROCK WEH AND YU CAN'T KEEP A MAN,HOW YOU KNOW SEH DE MAN FADA A FROCK HIM AND HOW OLLIE KNOW DAT BOUT YOU.DI 2 A UNU A WATCH EACH ODA A GET F**KED..LET KEEP IT B***DC***H REAL

  • Nadine

    LOL

    Ollie.................. the father Fu*ker

    LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    Bullet Bullet!!!

    Mi solid as a rock, come again cause dat no mek it

    DWL

  • Ricky

    yo daclansh wat kind of disrespect u a try disrespect bad man a tell man fi go pon youtube fi look pon fish show ,mi nuh give a frock fisheenie wey him want deh,you need fi talk bout how him fight against de artist dem and how him sell out and say contract fi sey him cyan talk nuttin bout fisk .look how many artist de fish dem fight against unno him fans a hide it ,from man like shaggy,shabba ranks ,sean paul ,elephant man,twin of twins ,bunji,bounty killa,yellow man ,movado,sizzla,capleton.junior gang,Alliance members,baby cham,richie spice ,spice and buju banton just to name a few ,yo fool u remember when him sey him a more king than BOB MARLEY cause him have more number one than BOB ,him did go on HOT 97 radio station and apologize for him anti-gay lyrics against gay man ,how him fi sell out and go apologize gayman unno nuh sey nuttin wrong wit dat,him call himself gallis and go tek up him worst enemy gal wey get frock out and done out and then a hype up wid her

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