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Low energy at 'Ele's' birthday bash

By FABIAN LEDGISTER, Staff Reporter


Scenes from Elephant Man's birthday party held at the Mas Camp, Oxford Road, St. Andrew. - Carlington Wilmot Photos

FANS, FRIENDS, AND well-wishers came out in droves to celebrate the birthday of O'Neal Bryan, otherwise known as Elephant Man, at the Mas Camp venue, St Andrew, on Saturday.

Surprisingly though, although there were numerous artistes in attendance, including Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall, Vybz Kartel, and CeCile, there were no performances. This was a contrast to last year's instalment of the Energy God's birthday celebration, where there were a number of stage performances including stints from Vybz Kartel, Bounty, Mr. Lex and Elephant Man himself. This year however, not even the 'birthday boy' appeared on-stage.

There was also a minor altercation involving Vybz Kartel, which seemed to flare the anger of 'The Warlord'. Several attempts by THE STAR to get a comment or information about the incident were unsuccessful.

"All good...It's all good," replied a melancholy Elephant Man in response to his views of the party proceedings. Despite the lack of performances, patrons seemed quite entertained however with musical juggling from a variety of selectors, including Stone Love, Coppershot, Ras & Biggy, Dangazone, DJ Sunshine, and Digital Chris.

Gunshot salutes

Fashion was definitely a feature of the night, with party-goers donning flamboyant dancehall wear, including many scantily dressed females, leaving very little to one's imagination.The 'vibes' kicked off around 1:00 a.m. with superb oldies selections from Colin Hines, who got the females dancing to songs like Coca Cola Bottle Shape and Wife.

Elephant Man entered at 1:25 a.m. with an entourage of women at his heels, and proceeded to a tent in the VIP section, where he and his friends had a brief celebration, topped with a birthday cake in his honour.

Coppershot kept the music in stride, followed by Dangazone, who received a few gunshot salutes, of which the police at the venue didn't seem appreciative.

After brief selections from Sunshine, and Digital Chris, selectors of the immortal Stone Love sound system took to the stage and also invited on a large troupe of dancers to pay tribute to the late Bogle. Ras and Biggy received limited response from the crowd, largely due to problems with the speakers.

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