Pan Chicken finale survives inclement weather
Shereita Grizzle, Gleaner Writer
Intermittent showers threatened to put a damper on the festivities at the grand finale of CB Chicken's Pan Chicken Championships, but despite the inclement weather, scores of patrons converged on the Kingston Waterfront, downtown, and witnessed a show many would not soon forget.
A few glitches caused the show's proceedings to go way beyond the stipulated end time, but through it all, the hundreds of faithful patrons refused to leave the excitement. Even as the rain came pouring down, some patrons sought refuge at the nearest shelter, while others opted to pull out their umbrellas and stay put, afraid of losing their spot at the front of the stage.
A day of fun-filled family entertainment came to a climax with a grand concert featuring some of Jamaica's top entertainers, including Sizzla Kalonji, Konshens, and gospel artiste Kevin Downswell as the night's main acts. The fluffy diva, Miss Kitty, clad in a full-black ensemble, was given the night's hosting duties and, in her usual energetic and witty way, the radio host did not disappoint. Fresh from a win at The STAR's all-star clash, Miss Kitty got the crowd hyped and ready for the concert segment by juggling some major hits. Assisted by DJ JuJu Royal, she raised the energy inside the venue to a fever pitch, spewing out hits from the likes of Chronixx, Bugle, Gaza Slim, Vybz Kartel and Tarrus Riley, among others. She then introduced the night's first act.
Tidal, a past contestant on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, was given the task of opening the night's entertainment, and though the audience didn't pay much attention to the up-and-coming entertainer, his brief set proved to be enough to get the audience ready for the acts to come. He made way for Kevin Downsell. With powerhouse vocals and a positive message, it seemed the gospel artiste could do no wrong. He had the audience rocking and singing along, as he belted out the lyrics to some traditional gospel songs before branching off into his original material. Already Done and Stronger are two of the artistes most popular hits, and as soon as he got into those songs, it was clear why. For the time he was on stage, Downswell took patrons on the waterfront to church, and shouts of "Hallelujah!" could be heard echoing around the venue.
Konshens was next on the line-up and he continued the momentum. No sooner did he hit the stage, the crowd erupted in cheers and screams. He began his set with One More Year, and continued to deliver a number of his other hits, including Couple Up, and Siddung. His brother, Delus, also enjoyed a brief stint on stage before making way for Sizzla Kalonji, who also delivered in a way only he could, performing a number of his hits, including Holding Firm, and Simplicity. A fireworks display put the finishing touches on another great show.