The Party Amimal makes Astra merry
The weekend got off to a good start last Friday night, as Jamaica National (JN) hosted an exclusive party in the foothills of
If the name of the event was anything to go by partygoers were in for a treat. The stars aligned as patrons mixed and mingled with some popular faces from corporate Jamaica and the entertainment industry.
Dubbed Astra: Celebration of the Stars, the party, held in celebration of the building society's JN WAY young achievers, started on a low but gained momentum as the night progressed.
Although the free bar was a hit with guests who kept visiting for regular refills of mixed liquor, long lines at the food station were a turn-off for many, some opting to give up after waiting for some time.
Aside from the food and endless liquor, the entertainment in the earlier part of the night got the crowd ready for what was to come later, as there was a slew of R&B and reggae hits.
However, the party didn't really get started until close to 11 p.m., when 'The Party Animal' Kurt Riley took control of the turntables.
Living up to his reputation for creating a stir at any event, the experienced deejay showed his class and calibre as he managed to raise the energy level inside the venue. He warmed the crowd up with a number of soca mixes, before sending them into a frenzy with huge dancehall selections.
This segment had the ladies going wild, some forgetting the length of their dresses as they gyrated to the music. It was clear the female patrons weren't about to allow their attire to get the better of them, for as the music played on many relinquished themselves of their stilettos.
This made them comfortable enough to follow the deejay's instructions, as they proceeded to 'one drop' and 'set good like ice inna freezer', as required.
While satisfying the ladies, Riley made sure he did not forget the male patrons. Tunes from Chronixx, Jesse Royal and Sizzla got the biggest support from the men, who showed their appreciation by blasting imitation salutes into the cool night sky.
The energy took a dip shortly after Riley finished his set, as the deejay who followed was clearly not as experienced. This left the crowd disappointed and many persons left the party grumbling about his mishandling of the turntables, stating that the transition between genres was the biggest turn-off.
Despite that, however, overall Astra delivered a good party experience.