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REGGAE SUMFEST/MUDFEST FINALLY OVER
Reggae Sumfest 2010 is officially over.
Buntings that lined the perimeter of the Montego Bay venue have been taken down and the expansive stage that played host to the likes of Usher, Chris Brown, Vybz Kartel and Mavado has been dismantled.
Despite the heavy rains and muddy conditions Thousands turned out for the three day event at Catherine Hall.
Thursday’s dancehall night saw the biggest turnout as patrons piled into the venue.
It was I-octane’s night, as his set received the biggest forward from the anticipating crowd.
Fire torches, fireworks, and a bonfire lit up the artistes already fiery performance.
Kargo also delivered another blazing performance, belting out popular hits like “Nah Sell Out Mi Fren Dem” and “Cyan Cool, Cyan Quench.”
Cecile delivered in both fashion and performance, and fellow female artist Stacious was also well received.
But the opening night was clearly a tribute to fallen members of the dancehall fraternity.
Images of O’neil of voicemail and reggae veteran Sugar Minott, regularly flashed up on big screens around the venue leaving some patrons teary-eyed because of Voicemails’ emotional performance.
Many turned out to see Dancehall giants, Bounty Killa, Mavado, Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, take the centre stage.
The festival organizers also presented the war lord with an honour for his 15 year contribution to Reggae Sumfest and to the wider music industry.
The dancehall veteran was all smiles as he was handed his plaque.
International Night 1 on Friday was not as grand as dancehall night but patrons were well entertained by international star Chris Brown who delivered an entertaining set with dance and song.
Jah Cure’s silky voice echoed though the venue, Etana was just spectacular, she could do no wrong for the audience. Queen Ifrika and Tony Rebel came on in the wee hours Saturday morning to dedicated fans that waited for their arrival.
International Night 2 on Saturday saw a much bigger crowd than Friday.
Usher didn’t disappoint the ladies for sure! Oozing with sexiness, Usher belted out hits like Caught Up, Confessions, Burn and OMG.
Alliance members’ Elephant Man and Mavado joined the international star on stage for a little reggae vibe. Chris Brown was called up by Ele and the crowd went wild.
International night 2 also saw entertaining performances from Shaggy, Tarrus Riley, Christopher Martin, Richie Loops, Lymie Murry and QQ.
The curtains for Reggae Sumfest closed with the doctor Beenie Man.
All in all, despite weather conditions, the mud and lengthy band changes, Reggae Sumfest 2010 went fairly well.