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December 30, 2013
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Sting sees action before pay-per-view
Mel Cooke, Star Writer


Romain Virgo at Sting.


Wyclef Jean - Anthony Minott photos

Sting 2013 was organised into segments, in keeping with the accustomed format of the annual Boxing Day concert.

However, with the much talked about pay-per-view to an anticipated audience of many millions central to the 30th anniversary staging, there was another sort of division as the music marathon unfolded from the evening of Boxing Day to about 7 a.m. on Friday.

So there was Sting up to the pay-per-view at midnight, Sting during the transmission starting with Wyclef Jean, and, after credits were shown on the smaller screens inside Jamworld, Portmore, St Catherine, while Kiprich was tossing out challenges, a half-hour run to the resolution of the clash segment.

In that early going, after Food Kartel's gastronomic reworking of Chronixx's Odd Ras ("talk 'bout cook, cook what") it was Nesbeth's turn. Saying that he was not used to the early going, as it was normally "the after-hours thing, but dem say pay-per-view an dem ting deh".

Although he took a while to get to the song, Nesbeth earned an early blast of the horns which accentuated and also annoyed at Sting for Guns Out.

Mr Cool preceded Jah Bouks, who saved his hot Angola for last. Leaving the stage Jah Bouks adjusted Angola to honour Nelson Mandela.

Kalado was in hardcore mode before a run of ladies who appealed mostly below the waistline in their lyrics and attire to stunningly similar effect on the audience - almost none. This made the response to Etana, clad in a camouflage skirt to just above her knees and a top up to her neck, even more striking.

roots reggae set

Changing the tone of female performance at the concert in a roots reggae set, Etana started with observations of violence in her home community of August Town. Etana's voice was in good nick, but she did not need to start singing for Wrong Address to score with the audience - the cheers started with the music and increased with the lyrics.

There was another strong voice, but a much shorter stage time, as Nature followed Etana with his remake of Tracy Chapman's Revolution, his shiny black sections of his clothing glistening in the stage lights. Trying Man followed.

Romain Virgo put on a strong showing just before the pay-per-view segment began, even though it seemed hurried in not only the transition between songs but also the pace of the songs themselves. Still, there was no denying Virgo's quality, as he opened with a snatch of Michael Bolton's Soul Provider off-stage, keeping it in the romantic vein but switching beats to reggae as he came on stage with the observation "the rain is falling".

There was more, Virgo going slow with Beautiful and ending strong on Don't YouRemember to close what could be his final Sting showing. "It is my final time here," Virgo said, bidding the audience farewell.

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