January 30, 2014
Massive turnout at Ninja Man's b'day bash... as Downsound begins year on a high
Carl Gilchrist, Star Writer
With the biggest crowd ever to assemble for an event at Turtle River Park in Ocho Rios turning out last Saturday night for Ninja Man's birthday bash, Downsound Records is today celebrating a successful start to the new year.
"The event was a tremendous success, they say it set the record in Ocho Rios for the largest turnout ever," said Downsound's marketing manager, Sean 'Contractor' Edwards.
The local attendees were complemented by several tourists who turned out to sample part of the Jamaican cultural experience.
On stage, the performers lived up to expectation and delivered good sets.
The day's events got started at 10 a.m., with the family fun day which was well attended by kids and their parents.
A long list of up-and-coming, current and veteran artistes turned out to support Nina Man.
The list included Bounty Killer, Bushman, Capleton, Tommy Lee, Johnny Osbourne, Macka Diamond, D'Angel, Peter Metro, Philip Frazer, Burro Banton, Major Mackerel, Fantan Mojah, Iba Mahr, George Nooks, Nitty Kutchie and Harry Toddler.
Sky Juice, Digital Chris, Kilamanjaro and Alaska were among the sound selectors on show. So, too, veteran British broadcaster and disc jockey David Rodigan.
"We had a brilliant show featuring veteran artistes and young artistes,"" Contractor told THE STAR.
The wide appeal of Ninja Man's birthday bash and its success has been attributed to the involvement of Downsound Records, which this year decided to get involved in the production.
Downsounds added the family fun day and yanked up security and physical aspects, such as stage and lighting. And marketing was key.
Downsound Records CEO Joe Bogdanovich had a hands-on experience, helping to set up the stage and bar areas and was on hand to witness a successful event.
And according to Contractor, "He (Bogdanovich) was also very pleased with the kiddies day turnout. There were lots of children and they had fun with the clowns; it was a tremendous success."
"Overall, the turnout was tremendous, the crowd was well behaved I want to thank those people who contributed to the success of the event. We're doing the assessment now, and as Ninja Man said before, we will be making a donation to the Jack's River Primary School to aid them, as they were recently affected by heavy rains," he added.