Music takes wings at pan chicken elimination
Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer
Dancehall artiste I-Octane burned a musical fire on stage as he drew on a slew of hits to satisfy an appreciative crowd at the CB Pan Chicken Championship Eastern Regional Elimination, held at the UDC field near Portmore Mall last Saturday. His popular songs Buss a Blank, Love You, Love You Like I Do, Lose a Friend, Love Di Vibes, Happy Time, Trendsetter, and Walk With Jah Jah went over very well with patrons.
While performing Badmind Dem a Pree, the recording of which was done with Bounty Killer, I-Octane honoured the 'General' as the artiste who has, more than any other performer, given a break in the music business to others.
He also saluted Vybz Kartel, "not to get a forward" as he was careful to note, but to point out that Kartel's own friend testified against him in court, I-Octane doing Study Yu Friend to support the introduction. Before closing his set, he obliged Jenny Jenny's request with the tune Dem a Freak, Jenny Jenny putting on a dancing clinic for her adoring fans.
I-Octane also called two of his young protégés on stage and they were applauded by the crowd for lively performances.
Magnum Kings of Dancehall Krushal started with the advice to "set the links" and lyrically pushed the ghetto youth to "reach for your goals". Krushal then chastised the people he deemed behaving in an unsatisfactory manner with "not a discipline", before cautioning the ladies who depend on men for money with Tek Set.
Krushal gave ratings to the city of Kingston and delivered the lyrics to his popular self-titled song as the crowd sang along.
Earlier in the afternoon, the musical wheels were set in motion by Lubert Levy and his three children, Levy's Heritage. The park was transformed into a sanctuary of worship as Levy pulled gospel for hits such as Jesus Be a Fence Around Me, Moving Up the King's Highway, A Caribbean Time, and Tek it by Force, closing with Roll Jordan.
The father took a short break for his children to showcase their immense talents and they performed One Touch, which topped the 2012 National Gospel Competition.
Off the stage, the pan chicken artistes put out their best. Topping Kingston and St Andrew was Norman Chambers, with Portland's Delroy Thompson taking first place in his parish.
St Thomas' finest is Pauline Rainford, St Mary's best is Denton Levers, and Carlos Thomas topped all others from St Catherine.
The Grace Tomato Ketchup 'Grace Ketch di Taste' Sauce Competition was won by Annie Simpson of St Catherine.