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Published:Monday | December 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Yasus Afari
Tarrus Riley

Powerful performances at Sting

The 31st staging of Magnum Sting's 'two shows in one night' event, saw stellar performances from numerous leading reggae acts and scorching hot dancehall stars. Among the top contenders for the most phenomenal presentation of the night were the 'fireman' Capleton, talented reggae singer Tarrus Riley and new sensation Gully Bop.

The audience had eagerly anticipated the man of the moment, Gully Bop, who delivered an exciting climax to the festival close to 7 a.m. His vocal delivery, lyrical prowess and interaction with the audience put Jamworld in a frenzy. Not only was he a crowd favourite, but the most significant attraction for online viewers. The hashtag GullyBop trended on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for hours on December 27th.

Capleton did not disappoint with a professional stage set. His fire-blazing consumed onlookers, as The Cyaan Cool king slewed with hits from his discography such as: Lotion Man, Everybody, Hands Off, That Day Will Come, Who Dem and Raggy Road. Flags and hands waved throughout his set, as well as fire torches in approval of a job well done.

Impressive performances were also delivered by the likes of Tarrus Riley, who was in a 'singy singy' mood for the ladies, Demarco, Kalado, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi among others.

Yasus Afari looks to Europe for a third time

The third time might be quite the charm for dub poet Yasus Afari, who will be touring Europe in as many times. This will however, be his first as a headline act there.

For a month - starting March 29 - Afari will be doing the Reggae Roots and Dub Euro tour, that will see him going to several countries in Europe including Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany and possibly Russia.

"Outside of the possibility of Russia, it would be the third time (touring Europe). The previous times, it was as a supporting act for Black Uhuru, but this would be the first time touring Europe with a band," he told The Gleaner, noting that he has done numerous stints in the United Kingdom prior.

He explained that the tour came about following a performance he did for the International Peace Through Tourism Initiative. After seeing him perform, Jam Yard, the organisers for the show, approached him to set up a tour of Europe.

But this tour will not stop at actual performances, as Afari will be doing workshops in schools and universities. He will also be doing some book signing at libraries for his publication, Overstanding Rastafari: Jamaica's Gift To The World.

Having been on the road with Black Uhuru in the past, Afari explained that these European audiences are generally very receptive of his product.

"We know Jamaica a di yard fi it, but South Africa, Europe, Canada and UK are pretty much the tested and proven bases for dub poetry. Europe on a whole is very receptive from my experience. There are also some spot dates which suggest that there is a market for it," he told The Gleaner.