Tommy Lee Sparta makes grand Sumfest return

July 22, 2017
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Thousands of persons remained in the Catherine Hall venue to see Tommy Lee Sparta close Dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest 2017.
Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer Mavado (left), who was the second to last man to perform on Dancehall night, brought Alkaline on stage to help excite the crowd at Reggae Sumfest 2017.

Having been barred by police from performing at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, St James in 2015, Tommy Lee Sparta returned to the show this year and delivered a short but commanding performance.

The sun had come up over the hills and brighten the Catherine Hall venue when Tommy Lee turned up to close the show.  The Sparta general, however, was clearly not pleased hat he had only 15 minutes to perform. 

"Me see some bwoy a try hol out di show," said Tommy Lee, a thinly-veiled jab aimed at his nemesis Mavado and Alkaline who performed just before him.

The crowd, however, did not seem to mind the abbreviated set as they cheered on their 'son of the soil' as he delivered songs such as Holding Out The Pressure, Spartan Soldier, Stacking Up The Paper and Buss  a Blank.

Two years ago, when Tommy Lee's career was in full flight, cops denied him the opportunity of performing. Last year he made an unscheduled appearance after he was called on stage by Beenie Man. This year, however, Tommy Lee appeared eager to make up for his absence and his fans were equally anxious to receive his performance.

Several persons with whom THE STAR spoke opined that he turned in the best performance of the night. Some persons said that had it been anyone else they wouldn't have stayed back to watch the performance.

Meanwhile, when asked why his set ended so abruptly, Tommy Lee said he had come prepared to work longer but was told that the show had been running over time and so he had to adjust.

"You have Westmoreland people, people from Trelawny, people from Kingston and everywhere in Jamaica who come out fi da show yah and come out fi me,"he said. "A one likkle festival a year time and so the whole a Jamaica deh deh. Me feel good bout me performance although it did short. Me come fi perform but dem say do show a run long and me just deal wid it quick and fast."

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