Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
The Liguanea Club in New Kingston, was an exciting place to be yesterday for hundreds of teens who turned out to watch American teen pop group Mindless Behavior perform in Jamaica for the first time at the highly anticipated Young and In Charge Concert.
While the gates opened at 1 p.m., it wasn't until 6 that Jah Bouks and other young acts began to share their art with the young audience.
QQ, the One Drop hitmaker, delivered several popular songs from his budding catalogue and the screams told of an artiste who was being well received.
After the performance, QQ told The Gleaner he wanted to make a lasting impression and that mission was successful.
Denyque also represented herself well, singing Summer Love and Make Me Believe, among others.
Though she is not yet one of the big names in the music industry, teens were familiar with her music and let her know they appreciated it.
Multiple Youth View Award winner and teen favourite Tifa, followed Denyque, and songs like Spell It Out and Wedding Chapel did well. During her segment, former Dancehall Queen Carlene was seen at the front of the audience dancing in the midst of screaming teens.
Tifa also introduced up-and-coming dancehall/pop artiste Samantha J and she performed her breakout single Tight Up Skirt, which features a sample from veteran deejay Red Rat.
Tifa's set came to an end at 8:30 p.m., after which came a long intermission. During this period, the DJs played popular dancing songs and pop music to keep the interest of the young patrons while Mindless Behavior made its way to the venue.
After patiently waiting for over an hour, the group finally arrived, immediately taking to the stage where they tried to perform Swag on a Hundred Thousand above the sound of screaming teens.
Many happy fans even attempted to push down the barriers in an effort to get a closer look at the boys.
Prodigy, the group's lead singer was noticeably absent, however, just three members seemed to do the trick.
The group members made good use of technology by playing Prodigy's vocals and lip-syncing his parts of the songs for the entire set.
The group received resounding responses for singles like Keep Her On The Low, Gone and Hello. Their set was disrupted by the rain, however, it wasn't long before they were back to singing Mrs Right, My Girl, among others.
All Over The World marked the end of the group's set.
Exiting wasn't so easy though, as crazed teens followed them as if they were blowing the Pied Piper of Hamlin's flute.
The event was sponsored by D&G Sof' Drinks, Digicel, KIA Motors, Fame 95 FM, Zip 103 FM, MDTV, Powermack, CES, Fly Jamaica Airways and Complete Entertainment Services. American entertainment consultant Jason Newman, Somerset Crest, 957 Music Records and Urban Angels were the organisations which put together the event.