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August 2, 2014
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WEDDY WEDDY STANDS ALONE

Winston 'Fada Pow' Powell (left) of Stone Love and Elephant Man pose together at Weddy Weddy's 10th Anniversary and the Crowning of Miss Weddy Weddy, held at Stone Love Headquarters, Burlington Avenue on Wednesday. - Winston Sill

Only street dance in the Corporate Area to reach 10 years

CURTIS CAMPBELL, STAR Writer

Weddy Weddy recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and is now the only street dance to pass the 10-year-old mark in the Corporate Area.

The event was started by Elephant Man, Fada Pow and iconic dancer Bogle and has managed to survive all the trials which faced the hard-core dancehall scene over the last five years. Many dancehall parties suffocated at the hands of the Government due to the effects of the Tivoli incursion as well as the controversial Noise Abatement Act. Fada Pow told The STAR that Weddy Weddy survived hard times because its supporters value its importance to dancehall culture.

Experience

"Weddy Weddy serves as a university for dancehall music. We formalise the music to suit different generations and if one should come to Weddy Weddy and experience it, they will realise that we entertain everybody so it will continue to survive. There will be followers, but many of the events did not have the substance. Stone Love keeps it the authentic way and that is why Stone Love stands alone," he said.

Fada Pow who recently returned to work in the entertainment industry following a car accident, says the thousands of patrons who turned out for the anniversary wanted to show their appreciation for Weddy Weddy's contribution to dancehall music.

Consider moving

"We have been nice to everybody and the support is like giving back to us and to pay their respect. Weddy Weddy anniversary has outgrown this venue and we might consider moving the anniversary to larger venue, but we wanted to keep it authentic which is why we held it here. But for the future we will look into other options," Fada Pow said.

Elephant Man told The STAR that Weddy Weddy is an iconic product of three dancehall minds hence its survival for a decade was inevitable. The deejay also paid homage to Bogle and other members of Roses Crew who supported the event in its early development.

There were performances from Romain Virgo, Quick Cook, Kiprich, Loyal Flames and co-producer of the event Elephant Man. Several dancehall artistes and dancers turned out to show their support including Danielle D.I, Colo Colo, Sample Six, Shelly Belly, General B and Danny English.

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