Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
Hundreds of patrons turned out at OS.MO.SIS last Friday expecting that the exotic event would deliver the same experience that it has developed a reputation for over the years.
However, nobody plans for the weather.
The venue was elegantly decorated as usual. The organisers using several lit signs and pillars to design a beautiful dance floor.
At midnight, patrons were already taking pictures at the paparazzi booth, while others found solace at the food stations, where they had much to choose from.
OS.MO.SIS was obviously about giving patrons whatever they liked at the food stations and Renaissance was probably aiming to do the same when the sound system operators played hip-hop selections like T.I's Whatever You Like.
It wasn't until about 1:30 a.m. that Renaissance took aim on increasing the energy levels on the dance floor. Before that, most were only spectators, eyeing the beauty of the creation that was the dance floor.
Songs like Cham's Ghetto Story, Penitentiary by Mavado, and Doh by Bugle and Serani had the patrons engaged as they moved to the beat and sang the words.
The DJs pushed for more crowd participation by playing singles like Skip To Ma Loo and Holiday. However, Elephant Man's Pon Di Riva was perhaps the most successful selection in that regard.
Meanwhile, back at the main gate, the promoters of OS.MO.SIS showed their commitment to the 'I Am Legal' initiative by using a PA system to warn patrons that they would not be admitted to drink at the event without a valid ID to prove they were over 18.
Many patrons already seemed prepared and were seen dipping into their bags and pockets to present their IDs.
OS.MO.SIS was an event with a twist, and that came when the clouds opened. Those in Kabana City sought refuge at the Digicel and KIA booths, however, there was not enough space to accommodate all, so many simply protected their cellphones and continued dancing in the rain.
The rain lasted for about six minutes and Kurt Riley, Jazzy T and DJ Nicco kept the vibe going by playing dancehall songs from the likes of Jahvinci, Mavado and Vybz Kartel.
When the clouds opened again at about 3 a.m., patrons did not bother to run for cover. Instead, many simply got lost in the lyrics of Lady Saw's Heels On and her classic dancehall collaboration Backshot, featuring Spragga Benz.
Dancehall group RDX also made a surprise appearance, performing Broad Out. Bounty Killer, Cham, Bling Dog, Yendi Phillipps, Dexter Pottinger, Twin of Twins and LUST were some of the popular faces present.