Stars bring 'A' game to Rebel Salute 19
Adrian Frater, News Editor
While the performances were generally quite good, it was not all dandy at Saturday night's 19th edition of the Pepsi Rebel Salute as truncated sets from some top acts left some fans disappointed.
Shortened sets aside,
In fact, during Capleton's short-but-energetic set, which closed the performances, some appreciative fans had the Port Kaiser venue in St Elizabeth rocking under the combined assaults of shrill screams, a sea of waving red, green and gold flags, and blazing cardboard boxes, as he dazzled with songs like,
While the early acts such as Jah Cutta, Jahdore, Prophecy, Cali P, Cen C Love, Pessoa and Jah9 were all very good, the real fireworks started with the veteran Max Romeo. He was as crisp as a compact disc, belting out reggae classics such as
The atmosphere hit fever pitch with the advent of the energetic Leroy Gibbons, who was masterful. It was a case of hit after hit, as patrons reacted with glee to songs such as
Riley, who has clearly stepped into megastar status, was flawless, reeling off songs like Shakazula Pickney,
Stephen Marley, who shared his set with his internationally acclaimed deejay brother Junior Gong and two members of his Ghetto Youth camp, evoked pleasing memories of his late father, reggae king Bob Marley. He was soulful and compelling as he mesmerised with songs such as,
General Trees, Virgo and promoter Tony Rebel all performed contrasting sets, which created different emotions with the fans. The 'General' had the fans in stitches with his witty dance moves and hilarious lyrics on songs like Bible and Key,
Tony Rebel honoured
After being beautifully serenaded by his 12 children, who then assisted him in cutting his 50th
International star Maxi Priest, veteran deejay Admiral Bailey, Gramps Morgan, Mikey Spice, Yami Bolo, Iba Mahr, Luciano and a heavily pregnant Queen Ifrika were among the acts that played shortened, albeit well-received sets, to ensure all the booked artistes performed.
Admiral Bailey was working up a good head of steam and looked all set to rip the place apart, but had his set cut short by the stage manager, who indicated time was up after he had the crowd rocking with songs like,
The likes of Eric 'Mr Festival' Donaldson, Edi Fitzroy, Johnny Osbourne, Errol Dunkley and Johnny Clarke all rolled back the clock as they had the fans screaming and dancing when they were not playing the role of back-up singers/choir.