Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer
The popular live-music event Wickie Wackie Live continues its resurgence tomorrow, featuring Chronixx and the Zinc Fence Redemption, Dre Island, Hempress Sativa, Amlak, and hosts Raging Fyah.
The monthly beach concert series will be streamed live on Blak Iwa TV, and this December edition is the final event in the inaugural Kingston Music Week. The Wickie Wackie Live series has been well received by reggae fans since its return in October of this year.
The concert series is organised by roots reggae band Raging Fyah and, according to lead singer Kumar Bent, Wickie Wackie Live has been a hit since its reintroduction earlier this year and will be brought to a climax on tomorrow.
"It's for the whole family. Anybody can come out and enjoy themselves. So far, it has been good. We have featured a lot of bands and it only keeps getting better," Supercat said.
Hosted on the outskirts of Wickie Wackie Beach, Bull Bay, Bent said the ambience of the venue separates the event from all others. "It's right on the beach. We have a bonfire blazing on the beach all night. The ambience is different - the food is nice and tasty, and there is basically something for everybody," he said.
A press release described Raging Fyah as "a favourite with the ladies and steadily building an army of fans around the world since their first album release Judgement Day with the title track, Behold, Far Away, First Love, Irie Vibe, Cyaan Cool and Karma among fan favourites".
Giving some background on Chronixx, the release said "as a five-year-old, Jamar McNaughton, aka 'Little Chronicle' after his father and soon to be 'Chronixx', wrote his first song, Rice Grain, and recorded with veteran producer Danny Browne by the time he was 11 years old". It continued that now "Chronixx has stepped up the game with a rapid succession of hit songs, quality visuals, and high-profile performances, which has ensured his position as a favourite among fans and media.
Gates to Wickie Wackie Live will open as early as 4 p.m.. However, showtime is 8 p.m. The show is expected to conclude by midnight and will cost patrons $500 to attend.
Wickie Wackie Live is sponsored by Red Stripe, Conceptual Lighting and Audio Services, New Impact Media Solutions Group, and Jamaica Arts Holdings.