PORTLAND SPLASH '08 a success

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By: Bridgett Anderson
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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After a three year sabbatical 'Portland Splash' kicked off at 11:30pm last Saturday night. It was held at Sommerset Falls, an ideal venue for a stage show; that Gangalee Production could consider using as the home of 'Portland Splash'.

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Despite technical difficulties the show kicked off with Riddim 2000 Band and the first MC for the night the energetic Chinnaman. He introduced Candy Man, who performed well, with his smooth voice. Out of the few upcoming artists who performed, Singing Donna, Positive, Raw Doctor and House of Spade were a few of the most outstanding.

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Sophia Brown got the Portland massive to respond well to her presentation and Patriot proved his worth.

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As star time came along Queen Ifrica came out and in her usual fine style delivered her stuff as only she can. With each performance she just keeps getting better, she introduced a little girl 'Baby Trish' who probably should have been in bed, but proved why she should be given a chance to represent.

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The living legends in the business outdid themselves; Ken Boothe had the audience eating out of his hands while Errol Dunkley, Leroy Gibbons and Coco Tea all performed exceptionally well. The audience enjoyed singing each line of these artists tunes, as their voices were just as clear and melodious as when they started in the business.

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Capleton then took the stage burning a fire as only the fire man can. He delivered 'hit pon top a hit'. He introduced his brethren Naki aka Kulture Knox, a good DJ, who we don't see enough of.

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I-Wayne - the man who gave us "The Book Of Life," delivered his cultural set with signature animated moves and consistently edifying lyrics.

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Fanton Mojah worked well although his social commentary and harsh words for fellow artiste Risto Benjie might have brought on a little negative heat in the cool Sunday morning.

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Bling Dawg was in his home town and he took advantage of the opportunity to promote his new venture the barber shop.

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Macka Diamond and her counter part "Bum Him" Blacker brought some comic relief in the wee hours of the morning, Duggy Ranks also represented well.

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When it was time for the Gangalee himself he did very well working until daybreak when he brought on Sizzla, the massive that was still left in the venue went into a frenzy.

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Sizzla along with Louis Culture and Capleton ending this successful production. Apologies were made for the absence of both Jah Cure and Beenie who did not show, however Gangalee Productions now have another incident free, well attended production under their belt.

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