Review: Tony Rebel's annual event made a lasting impact during its two-night run, marred only by a police interruption around 8 am
L-R: I-Wayne, Sean Paul, Yellow Man & Luciano (Photo: Jamar Cleary)
The 30th anniversary of Tony Rebel's iconic event 'Rebel Salute' took center stage at the Grizzlies Plantation Cove in Priory, Saint Ann, Jamaica on Friday Night, January 19.
With a host of notable stella performances from Reggae stalwarts: Tony Rebel, Richie Stevens, Third World, Glen Washington, Mikey Spice and clear crowd favorites for Night 1 - Sanchez and the original ‘Fireman’ Anthony B; who closed the show in his usual energetic fashion.
Event Coordinator and legendary recording artiste Tony Rebel was awarded and commended after his set, for his continuous contributions to the Reggae culture through ‘Rebel Salute’, an award which he says he holds dearly to his heart, especially being that it came directly from the Rastafarian Community.
L-R: Glen Washington, Tony Rebel, Sanchez, Anthony B (Photo: Jamar Cleary)
With Night 1 now complete, all attention diverted to the highly anticipated Night 2 on Saturday January 20, with performances from some of the genre’s magnificent legends - Capleton, Sean Paul, Josey Wales, Peter Metro, Little John, Leroy Smart, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Luciano, Louie Culture and King Yellowman himself, just to name a few.
Without a doubt the night’s favorites included: Capleton, Luciano, and the 'Mr. Gangalee' Louie Culture who all torched the reggae stage with their customary high energy and timeless classics. Sean Paul delivered a well received performance which included cameo appearances by fellow dancehall acts; Chi Ching Ching and Ding Dong.
The annual sound clash segment of the event ended with a unanimous victory by reigning champion Dynamic Sound from Africa, who defeated Baby Wayne Sound (who replaced Sky Juice who was initially booked to compete in the clash).
With the show prolonging nervously towards 8am in the morning, I-Wayne’s set was cut short by the law enforcement officers. This premature end had majority of the patrons leaving the venue dissatisfied after both Turbulence and Fanton Mojah, who were both spotted side stage, barred from performing.