Dancehall fans got their Christmas wish this past Sunday as the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage show offered a combination of great talent and stellar performances for everyone to remember going into the New Year.
The Jagra sponsored event took place on Christmas Day in Black River, St. Elizabeth; offering a lineup that reeled in several patrons from around the island. The 12th edition of the Christmas show featured performances from a litany of Reggae and Dancehall stars including John Holt, Coco Tea, Twin of Twins, Warrior King and Specialist to name a few.
The self-proclaimed “Princess of Dancehall,” Tiana also graced the GT Taylor Extravaganza stage; aiming to once again show her worthiness as a female deejay of the year candidate. Despite band issues during her set, Tiana proved her character by performing a edited rendition of her popular single, Pum Pum Phat, to which several fans blew their horns in support. The breakthrough star then performed another fan favourite, Bruk Out and Wine from the internationally-acclaimed Overproof Riddim before closing off with another one of her hits, No Man Can Talk Bad Bout Mi.
Fellow breakout star, I-Octane also gave fans lots to cheer about; living up to his energetic performance mantra by shelling out hits such as Licky Licky, Nuh Ramp Wid Wi and Study Yuh Friends amongst others to a wonderful crowd reception. The prominent singjay continued to wow fans by performing Burn Dem Bridge and the classic hit, Mama Yuh Alone.
Another established singjay, Mavado stamped his authority on the event by performing such as Hope and Pray andI’m On The Rock prior to showcasing newer material such as Don’t Wanna Be A Memory and Survivor featuring the highly-acclaimed rapper, Akon.
However, it was yet another singjay, Khago who stole the Christmas show as his status continues to elevate within the Dancehall/Reggae ranks. Building his reputation as one of the best live performers in Jamaican music, Khago performed his sensual Reggae hit, Across Mi Heart before unleashing the chart-topping smash, Blood A Boil to an eruption of cheers. He then performed the hit, Badda Dan Dem which was then pulled due to the loud cheers from the patrons on hand.
Khago continued to rock the crowd by performing hits such as Nah Mek Dem Drain My Energy as well as his debut single, Nah Sell Out which was also tremendously received. Additionally, the singjay took time to seemingly call out his long-time rival, I-Octane before performing the Overproof Riddim smash, Tun Up Mi Ting.
Other notable performances included internationally-acclaimed deejay, Bounty Killer who continued his strong run of form after a dominant performance during his lyrical clash with rival, Beenie Man at Diamond Splash in Negril. The Alliance deejay performed his hits single, Who Tell Him Dweet, once again calling out Beenie while also performing hits such as No Cream To Mi Face before before bringing out his protégé, Kiprich who performed Real Badman amongst other hits.
JOP leader, Aidonia also made his presence felt at the event while performances from Wayne Marshall, Spice and D’Angel also were well-received.