DANCEHALL music lovers will have an early Christmas present when the City Sports Centre hosts a dancehall fiesta featuring an array of local musicians and disc jockeys on December 7.
Most of the outstanding musicians on the local dancehall scene will take turns to entertain revelers at the event that is also expected to feature a popular Jamaican artist.
Organisers of the show said they will soon release the name of the Jamaican artist to grace the fiesta. Local musicians to perform at the event include Winky D, Sniper Storm, Guspy Warrior, Lady Squander, Jiggaz, Lady B and Freeman.
Attention is likely to be on Winky D and Sniper, who grabbed headlines early this year for an ugly scene on stage when they backed Jamaican star, Mavado.
Sniper caused a stir when he grabbed a microphone from Winky D when the latter was performing. Sniper later told the media that he had interrupted Winky D because he had performed beyond his limit.
Winky D was diplomatic in his response to the issue but the incident created tension between the artists. They will have a chance to prove that they have completely ironed out their differences (as they now claim) at the December 7 gig.
Guspy Warrior, who has been steadily rising on the dancehall scene, will be out to once again show that he is a serious contender to the dancehall throne.
Lady Squander, who recently announced her intention to feature in Big Brother Africa show, will have a chance to exhibit the talent that has seen her standing firm against her male counterparts.
The energetic artist has a history of mesmerising audiences with her dances.
Freeman, of the Joina City fame, will complement the dancehall stars with his soulful lyrics. Jiggaz and Lady B will spice up the gig with their unique acts.
A spokesperson of the show’s organisers said they were not taking the event as a clash, but a celebratory gig to trigger the festive mood.
“City Sports Centre is synonymous with dancehall clashes where artists would be competing for recognition but we have decided to come up with a different phenomenon,” said the spokesperson.
“We are taking this show as an event to prepare people for the festive season. We also want artists to take it as part of preparations for their busy festive calendar. So, instead of competing, artists will be complementing each other in celebrating their various achievements.
“It will be celebration throughout the show and we are glad that we have such an exciting line-up of performers. A renowned Jamaican artist will be part of the celebrations. We promise an exceptional show.”
The line-up of DJs that are set to rock the venue is exciting. They will be led by Templeman, whose international experience always takes him to the top. With sound masters like Judgment Yard and Mighty Ducks billed to be among selectors of the day, the event is likely to be unforgettable.
Turntable talents in the form of Abra Simz, Smiley and Gary B will make the fiesta colourful.