By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor
When the smoke cleared, it was the Doctor Beenie Man who was left standing, as the 16th staging of Reggae Sumfest got into full swing on its Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 17, 2007.
Beenie Man capitalized on his arch rival, Bounty Killer's mistake of 'name calling', when he called Beenie Man a 'fish' which earned the 'Ground Gadd' some hefty boos. Beenie smartly ignored Bounty's remarks, dug deep and did a truly professional set at the end of a very successful night for the organizers of the reggae festival.
"Bounty a mi artiste still, yu affe just si wid him, mi forgive him still," Beenie said before setting the place on fire reeling off hits after hits.
It was sheer pandemonium as the Ruff Kut band sweetly strummed out the Shaka Shaka rhythm as Beenie started his set with songs such as: "Red", "Yu a Licky Back" and the original song on the rhythm "Chaka Chaka". At which time dancer Shelly Belly ran on stage and did the shelly belly dance and the 'chain swinging' stunt which caused much excitement among the crowd.
With hands, flags and lighters waving in the air, the Doctor continued the 'operation on his patients'. He had them moving to other hit songs such as: "Never Stop From Trying" and "Get Mi Mad".
Beenie continued on a more serious note unleashing some songs for the gangsta' including, "Tink Wi Nuh Know" and "Memories".
He again represented for the girls with "Wickedest Slam", "Hum Hum" and "Proper Fix" which resulted in the girls screaming uncontrollably.
The 'Gully Gad', Mavado stood tall for the alliance and gave what was truly a memorable performance. The introduction of the 'gangsta for life' drew a big response from the crowd. He kicked off his set on a high note with "Top Shotta Nuh Shoot and Miss". Seemingly in a no nonsense mood, the gun fingers and lighters were in the air as he went into "Chat Too Much".
Catherine Hall turned into one big choir as the crowd sang along to Mavado's "Amazing Grace".
The man from Cassava Piece was in full flight as he dropped hit songs such as: "Full Clip" and "Real Mckoy".
Mavado showed that he is a heavy weight in the dancehall arena and kept the vibes with "Touch De Road". He showed off his love making skills to the girls as he teased them with "Squeeze Har Breast".
The place got even more insane as Mavado belted out "Even If Mi Lef The Gully" and "I’m So Special". With his choir in tow, Mavado capped off a really big erformance with the songs "I'm On The Rock" and "We shall Over Come".
Another Alliance member, in the form of Busy Signal, was also a big performer of the night.
Busy showed that he has stepped up his game as an artiste, and blazed a big fire around Catherine Hall with songs such as: "Mi Nuh Fraid a Nuh Bwoy", "Rising To The Top", "Not Going Down" and "Full Clip".
The crowd erupted as he 'sound the big thing' with his big hit songs "Bad Man Place" and "Bleach a Night".
Busy could do nothing wrong for his audience and continued on a high note with the big song, "Unkown Number" which had the crowd singing along, as well as the soul stirring song "These Are The Days".
He got even busier and went back to the song which placed him on the music map, "Step Out". He called on Alliance member, Bling Dawg, who represented well as he did the song "On The Battle Field".
Busy Signal tormented the girls and had them in a frenzy as he did "Cool Baby". All hell broke loose when he called some girls on stage and did his big hit song "Wine Pon De Edge".
The 'Warlord' Bounty Killer, stepped out on stage at 3:58 am, and in his normal 'cross and angry' mood, had his fans jumping to signature songs, "Eagle And The Hawk", "War Lord Nuh Business" and "Can't Believe Mi Eyes".
Being the poor people's 'Governor', he drew for the socially conscious song, "Anytime".
Bounty loosened up and had the girls grooving to songs such as: "A Mi Same One" and "Any Weh Punaany Deh". He changed gears as he did "Fat P--- P---Girls".
Bounty spoiled what was one of his big performances, by calling Beenie Man a 'Fish', which had the crowd booing their disapproval, which created a disappointing ending to his set.
Addi, 'the teacher', staying clear from the controversy, showed respect to both Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. He went down to business and treated his many fans to an action filled set.
Opting to use tracks instead of a band, Kartel kept a highly intensified performance throughout, and ripped the place apart with songs such as: "Sen On", "Bad Man Nuh Throw Wud" and "Dis Bad Man Yu Ge Gun Shot".
Kartel stepped into higher heights with "Any Man Weh A Snort". He got back to basics with early songs such as: "Weh Yu A Sey" and "Knack It".
Fire works went off all around Catherine Hall as Kartel sang "Nuh Badda Dan I". The Portmore Empire King combined with one of his lieutenants, Black Rhino represented well for his teacher with some hard hitting songs.
Kartel continued the onslaught with "When Mi Buss Mi Gun". With some female dancers on stage, he created a storm with "Tik Tok" and "Work It Like A Factory", topping off a strong performance.
Serani rose to the big occasion and had the crowd in the air as he ran on stage and sang "Can't Study People". He continued on that high note with "I Know That She Loves Me". Serani stepped up the pace with "Mamma Still Hungry" and "Gonna Be Sticking Rich" which set Catherine Hall on fire. All hell broke loose as Bugle joined Serani on stage for their big hit song "Doh".
Another big fire segment for the night was Anthony B's performance. The original 'fireman' deejay blazed a fiery path with "Bad From Long Time" and "Nuh Bwoy Can Offer Mi Kick". He treated his fans to older gems such as "Damage Already Done" and "Nobody Wah Plant The Corn".
The red green and gold flags, lighters and gun fingers, spread right across the venue as he did "Nah Clash Wid Nuh Man".
Athony B shook the place as he played an excerpt from the BBC interview with the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon. Bruce Golding when Mr. Golding declared that no homosexual gays can be in his cabinet. Anthony B then lit the place up with a song about the cabinet. He ended just as high as he started with "Life Over Death".
Assassin, another young dancehall star made his mark on Sunmfest scoring with songs such as "Stop Call Wi Name", "Step Pon Dem" and "An Wi Nuh Worry Bout Bad Mind People".
The crowd joined Assassin in singing his big hit songs "Idiot Ting Dat", "We Are Not Afraid" and "Don’t Mek Wi Hole U".
Elephant Man gave a high energy performance with his customary dance songs among others of his catalogue of hit tunes.
Ninja Man, making a cameo appearance tutored the crowd about his one umbrella movement and entertained them with some of his trademark songs.
Munga Honourable, performing on Sumfest for the second time, gave a better performance this time around. Munga showed that he has grown as an artiste and had Catherine Hall moving to song such as "I Come To Take My Place" and "Buss It Mek The Earth Shake". He was in full control as he did "Bad From Mi Born", and "Wine Pon It".
Spice, dressed in a beautiful ballerina outfit, gave a short and spicy performance and represented for the girls with "Nuh Fight Over Man" and "Giddy Up Giddy Up", where she showed off her bed room skills with the assistance of a member of the Live Wya Band.
Macka Diamond gave a dazzling performance dishing out lots of cash as the money goddess. She treated her fans to an exciting set with songs such as "Weh Dem TInk", "Lexus and Benz" and "Dun A Ready". She called on Trinidadian, Patrice Roberstson for "Come Mek Wi JAM". Macka finished with "Hoola Hoop" and "Dandy Shandy".
Erup gave a workman like performance, scoring with songs such as "Clip Mi Finger" and "Run Dem Head". Erup showed depth in his performance.
Jigsy, from the Bembe and Danger Zone crew, kept the vibes going during the intermission with some classic selections.