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  • Writer's pictureRomaine Brown

Review: Essence of Reggae, once again a treat to Reggae Month

Updated: Feb 8

Brilliant Displays by Sizzla, Jahshii, Jahmiel, and Others Illuminated 'Essence of Reggae' Music Festival

Sizzla, delivered a solid set (Photo: Jamar Cleary)

Frankie Music and Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum collaborated again to present the inaugural ‘Essence of Reggae’ music festival last Saturday February 3rd at 34 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

The Police Officers Club was transformed and the stage was set for what is described as one of the most stellar line ups in recent times. With a mixture of the genre's legends, a few Dancehall sensations and surprised performances, the event has left its patrons already eager to commit to next year's staging.

"A beautiful Reggae show", uttered one satisfied patron at the venue, is just the best way to describe the event with magnificent standout performances from Singer J, Queen Ifrica, Richie Spice, Laalee, Sizzla Kalongi and Jahshii who introduced Jahmiel as a surprise during his set.

The night undoubtedly belonged to the magnificent Sizzla Kalongi who dazzled the hundreds of patrons with the onslaught of every song. His never ending catalog was greeted with thunderous ovations from start to finish; another legendary performance from one of the columns of the genre.

Along with the numerous memorable performances, another noteworthy moment occurred when the legendary selector / disc jock Ricky Trooper was awarded by Frankie Music for his longevity and continuous contributions to Reggae and Dancehall music.

The night however ended abruptly at 2:30am by Law enforcement officers, leading to artistes who were billed to perform including; Bugle, I-Octane and another surprise act; dancehall legend Spragga Benz not allowed to grace the stage.

The patrons who were already satisfied from the package they already received, however a little disgruntled, still eagerly anticipating the staging of Essence of Reggae 2025.


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