Renaissance marks quarter century
Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Renaissance will celebrate its 25th anniversary in a big way tomorrow at Mas Camp, National Stadium grounds. According to DJ Delano, it is regarded as one of the most anticipated parties of summer this year's staging of the sound system's annual celebration promises to be the best yet.
Having a wide fanbase in Jamaica and overseas for its remixes and productions, Renaissance is intent on delivering a universal entertainment package which will see them presenting various forms of music.
"The concept is old school versus new school and EDM versus dancehall. We call this staging a monumental one, because it's been 25 successful years in the music business," Delano said.
Renaissance, named by ladies of Immaculate Conception High School, was labelled as an uptown sound during its formative years. However, over time, the sound system was able to break into other audiences under the wings of the iconic Stone Love Movements and its owner, Winston 'Wee Pow' Powell. In showing respects, Delano says Stone Love will share in this year's anniversary.
"When Renaissance started in the '90s, we were seen as an uptown sound. Stone Love buss Renaissance into the dancehall, because we used to do remixes from House of Leo days. So that is why we decided to have Stone Love on the anniversary, because we have a lot of respect for Stone Love in the business. It's a family thing. When we started out, we were playing at a lot of schools under another name and then the girls at Immaculate came up with the name 'Renaissance' because it symbolised a new beginning for us," Delano said.
The DJ said all the members of the sound system will be featured tomorrow night, as well as his son, Delano the third, otherwise known as 3D. Additionally, US-based DJ Babey Drew is booked to deliver an internationally flavoured music package. Babey Drew is the official DJ for R&B singer Chris Brown and has played for the Kardashians, Lil Wayne and Beyoncé. The DJ is also featured on VH1's reality series, Love and Hip Hop.
Several dancehall artistes will also be present as guests.
"Twenty-five years is a big achievement, and we appreciate that we have received such strong support over the years. There are not many sounds which have lasted that long, and we wish to go on for 25 more," Delano said.
The Red Stripe-sponsored event is alcohol inclusive for the general public and all-inclusive for the VIPs. Tickets can be purchased at Total at Liguanea, Avery's Beauty Concept, Genius Pharmacy in Portmore, Pet Com at Dunrobin, Extras, Escape 24-7 and online at Yardticket.com.
Tickets cost $1,000 for women and $1,500 for men, while VIP tickets cost $3,000.
Patrons are being advised to 'Think Responsibly, Drink Responsibly'. Those who purchase tickets presold stand a chance of wining a free ticket to New York, USA, courtesy of Fly Jamaica.