MONTEGO BAY, St James — It wasn't the man dubbed the king of the dancehall, neither was it the controversial deejay that has everyone talking about the lightness of his skin; nor was it the gully God, but in fact it was singjay I-Octane who stamped his class, and set the park ablaze at Thursday's dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay.
Even before he made his entrance on stage the noise was deafening — a wild symphony of firecrackers, horns and whistles from the estimated 20,000 patrons inside the Catherine Hall Entertainment Complex.
Spitting the lyrics to one of his many hits Cyaan Ramp Wid Man the artistes who was dapperly dressed in fitted white jeans and sky blue shirt sent excitement fever pitch. Among the string of hits delivered during the first 10 minutes of I-Octane's performance were Badda Dan Dem, Mama, You Alone, My Life, Study You Friend Dem and Puff It.
Meanwhile, out in the general admission section of the park a huge fire blazed from flames ignited by dozens of spray cans by fans of the dancehall artiste. Several explosions could be heard as the flames heightened. "Watch ya, mi no haffi move up and down on stage fi tings happen, Mr Lightman lock off di light dem," was his command as the fire roared causing those in close proximity to drift away.
For several minutes, the attention shifted from the main stage to where the flames were in full blaze. Several persons were observed rubbing their eyes and body as the sparks and smoke circulated. On stage, I- Octane continued his set seemingly mindless of what was taking place in the centre of the venue. Minutes later the 'fiery' artiste made his exit as he chanted the words to Lose A Friend.
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