BY MEL COOKE, Freelance Writer
DJ Turbulence hangs out backstage with friends at his Birthday Bash, held at Marketplace, Red Hills Road, on Friday. The show got off to a very late start. - WINSTON SILL
TURBULENCE'S BIRTHDAY BASH, held at the Marketplace's Red Hills Road, St. Andrew, parking lot, was late and not so great.
It was late in that the performances started at close to 3:30 a.m., Turbulence announced, "Me a go be the MC," a slew of younger performers such as Impact and Wissy Wassy coming before the billed artistes.
And when those came, it was not so great, as there were only snatches of song from I-Wayne, Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall, Busy Signal, Anthony B, Spragga Benz, Ninja Man, Capleton, Aidonia, Roundhead and General B, the stage getting very full as the microphone was passed around. Ruffian and Spice utilised the longer time they were afforded to lyrically drape up Barney for some sex and outline the Virgin Story respectively. Predator struggled to claw the rhythm on Head A Res, while Jagwa's Dishonour was lost in low microphone volume.
EARLY IN THE MORNING
When Fantan Mojah chanted "as I rise early this morning" it was appropriate, as a number 44 bus half-filled with passengers was among the vehicles briefly caught up in the traffic outside the venue.
The audience was late and not so great as well, the selector welcoming the few present in what he called the early juggling at 1:30 a.m. Although many more turned out before showtime, it never grew into what could be considered a substantial crowd. Late and not so great did not mean uneventful, though, as when Nuffy called for Shane-O and KB, the K-Twins stepped up to deejay alike as how they look alike. They took a swipe at CéCile with "we no bt/we no lick e back/CéCile ting dat", doing it again as the audience cheered.
When they left, Nuffy announced that he was going to change the pace of the show and seemed to be warming up to introduce Ghandi. He did not finish, though, as a young man walked swiftly on stage and plucked the microphone from his hand. It was KB, who advised the ladies to Take That Money and Go. He called on Shane-O in turn, whose Too Much Guns In the Streets ignited the audience.
"Dem sey me a bad man. A no me kick artiste inna him face in front of a crowd whe large. Dem neva fin' 13 gun a Killa B yard," KB said. "A bad man an' gun tune mek Bounty Killer an' Beenie Man rich," he said.
When they had left the stage, Nuffy came back. "Me no understan' some deejay programme. Oonu a mash up de man show," he said. Ghandi duly came on and intoned, "We no want no more bloodshed," to a very strong audience response.
There was also a bit of drama among the selectors, the selector for Exodus telling Ricky Trooper that his mouth could not frighten him. When Trooper came on, after a splitting, dancing, unity preaching showing from Sky Juice, Trooper let his mouth loose on politicians and gunmen, as well as some selectors.
"Some a oonu fi soonu mumma. Oonu big up bymn too much. Oonu cyaan talk bout nutten else fi get forward," Trooper said.