Artistes speak against violence at Trench Town Rock
The annual Trench Town Rock delivered an evening filled with entertainment from a star-studded line-up. The football field where the event was held, filled the air with dust for the duration of the event.
However that didn't distract from the thundering sound of dancehall and reggae music.
The concert got off to a smooth start with the iconic Ruff Kutt band playing most of the sets.
There were performances from Christopher and Noel Ellis, sons of the late Alton Ellis.
Both managed to hold their own, singing popular hits from their father's catalogue as well as originals.
Audience railed up
There were also strong performances from Nitty Kutchie, Kelissa and Fantan Mojah.
The latter managed to get an otherwise tame audience railed up with hits like Hail The King and Only Jah Love.
Nitty Kutchie also stroke a note with his 90s classic Man A Badman, aiming lyrical shots at men who are abusing females.
Kabaka Pyramid was welcomed with much fanfare. He delivered hits like Well Done and Mi Alright and exited on a subtle note promoting a new record.
Proved his worth
Dressed in full red attire, the artiste gave fans a taste of his lyrical ability by lyrically mixing the social sciences with medical sciences. During the lyrical onslaught many fans were lost, but they still responded positively since it sounded good to the hear.
Wayne Marshall was next and though relatively missing from the contemporary reggae/dancehall scene, the singjay proved his worth by delivering a series of hits from his growing catalogue.
Among other things, Wayne Marshall undoubtedly proved to fans that a complete artiste can comfortably switch between both dancehall and reggae seamlessly in one set.
Chris Martin was seemingly on a high and had the audience's full attention as he as he delivered a few of his original songs.
But it was his song Mama which gave him the strongest reaction, especially since he decided to publicly denounce violence against women before singing his first note.
Agent Sasco ignited the audience at his mere introduction. He too denounced violence against women and suggested that jealous men take their 'bun' and move on.
He then belted "A nuh me mek yu catty wah stray a nuh me mek yu a wife har up and she a give it away". The audience rewarded him with roars of approval.
Junior Reid kept the momentum going by starting his set with the international hit One Blood. His performance was well received and he helped set the tone for other heavyweights like Junior Gong, Stephen Marley and Bounty Killer who lashed out against crime and violence.
Other acts on the line-up included Sizzla, Nesbeth and Julian Marley