Fun, services at Skool Aid
The LIME-FLOW Skool Aid has grown significantly, and on Sunday, thousands of Jamaicans gathered on the grounds of Jamworld in Portmore, St Catherine, to enjoy the giveaways and the entertainment from the annual back-to-school treat.
Fun and excitement were the order of the day as the event, which got under way at 10 a.m., had a lot to offer. Children were kept busy on the several rides set up around the venue.
Fun and rides aside, there were also several services being offered at Jamworld. Booths were set up where children could get their eyes checked and teeth cleaned, as well as haircuts for the boys.
There was so much to do, and patrons made sure they took advantage of the opportunities granted to them by LIME and FLOW as they waited in long lines for their turn at the various booths. At the redemption centre, scores of children were given school bags and stationery, courtesy of the title sponsors, and although the crowd was thick, they clearly had enough for everyone as the branded school bags could be seen on the backs of hundreds of children.
As if all those activities weren't enough, the organisers ensured patrons left the venue more than satisfied, treating them to something extra. At approximately 6 p.m., the main event of the evening got under way.
Devin Di Dakta, the 2015 Magnum King of the Dancehall, opened the night's entertainment schedule. When he entered the stage, it was clear why Devin Di Dakta had won the televised competition as the crowd erupted in cheers. He fed off the audience's energy and delivered a strong set, performing some of his most popular songs from the competition.
Devin Di Dakta made way for gospel artiste Kevin Downswell. He, too, enjoyed a warm reception and went on to also deliver a memorable performance. Doing hits such as You Make Me Stronger and If It's Not You, Downswell took the audience to church before making way for Bling Dawg.
Accompanied by his dancers, the entertainer delivered a short and energetic set. Performing his hit song Kreech, Bling Dawg had patrons dancing up a storm inside the venue. He also brought some children on stage to help him with his next song, Aji Bounce, and the youngsters put on a show that had the audience cheering at their loudest. When they were done, the children were given monetary prizes for their efforts.
Comedic duo and LIME ambassadors Ity and Fancy Cat then graced the stage, and, although they did not stay long, they had the audience in stitches before making their exit.
KipRich was the evening's next act. He started off well and the audience was enjoying his performance, but as he went on, some members of the audience were waiting for him to end. It seemed KipRich had forgotten that he was at a children's event. His impromptu dance session involving a 'fluffy' girl left a bad taste in the mouths of some members of the audience, who looked away from the stage, whispering, "I wonder if him remember say it's a children's show?"
By the time the entertainer remembered the children and scaled his performance back down to a G rating, it was too late.
Kip Rich made way for Christopher Martin. The former 'Digicel Rising Stars' winner thrilled the audience with his smooth vocals as he performed some of his older hits such as Wings and Cheater's Prayer, but it was his new song that had the audience cheering their loudest. Martin's most recent hit, Big Deal, is proving to be just that as the audience seemed as if it couldn't get enough of the song, earning Martin his biggest 'forward' of the night.
Chi Ching Ching, Etana and QQ were the night's other performers, who put in good sets. However, it was the King of the Dancehall, Beenie Man, who enjoyed the biggest audience reception of the night, and by the end of his set, it was clear why. The fireworks display earlier paled in comparison to the fireworks Beenie Man created during his performance. The Doctor somehow managed to get through much of his extensive catalogue of hits, delivering one after the other, much to the delight of the audience.
Beenie Man proved to be a true entertainer and his performance showed why he has remained one of the biggest acts in dancehall for so many years, as he ended the 2015 LIME/FLOW Skool Aid in fine style.