If you’re a fan of Dancehall Music, then you’re familiar with the art of Clashing. Seen as a way to bring out the best or worst lyrically in an Artist, we get to witness this event when tensions rise and the #1 spot in Dancehall is at a free for all stage. Over the years, the clashing season usually starts around late Summer/early Autumn where Artists call out each other in hopes of them sharing the stage and facing off at “The Greatest One Night Show On Earth” a.k.a. Sting, the yearly Dancehall event held on Boxing Day in Jamaica. Some of the greatest clashes included Ninja Man vs Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man vs Bounty Killa, and Vybz Kartel vs Mavado. While many never make it to Sting, they still manage to help put an upcoming or established Artist on the radar, or give an Artist their walking papers. In recent years, clashing has been on a decline. With the recent announcement of a no show for Sting 2016, the question I ask is, “Will Clashing Still Be A Thing In 2017?”.
Boxing Day 2015, saw Dancehall Icon Mr. Lexx dominating the stage of the biggest show in Dancehall, Sting. The Recording Artist ended 2015 on a high note with this impressive, high energy and truly unforgettable performance. Mr. Lexx performed alongside longtime friend and Recording Artiste, General B, and both captured their audience with exceptional delivery.
Mr. Lexx impressed the crowd with hits after hits after hits as they cheered him on. Mr. Lexx stated, “The Sting performance was really good. We (General B and I) didn’t do what we rehearsed on stage as the vibes of the crowd called for a change but never the less we killed it.”
This performance comes only a few days after his four week appearance on the Boom Badda Dan Road Show ended, which saw the artiste performing in different Parishes across the island. Mr. Lexx is now laying the foundation for what he hopes will be a fruitful 2016. For the new year, Mr. Lexx plans on recording for a few local and International producers and he will be releasing his much anticipated album.
The “Cook” Artiste will also be focusing on his own Jiggy House Production label to cement his name in the business as a noted producer as well. He will be working on the “Wet Rag Riddim” featuring Beenie Man, Bling Dawg, Vershon, Devina Burn and many more.
Mr. Lexx has other exciting news about his career and urges his fans to look out for many more things to come from him. “Mr. Lexx always have new things up his sleeves as I will be claiming 2016.”
With yesterday’s staging of Sting 2015 receiving not so stellar reviews from some attendees, I thought for the final “Oldies Sunday” of 2015 I’d feature one of the earlier shows. In Sting 1991, there were performances from the likes of Frankie Paul (who wasn’t able to attend last night’s event due to ailments), Tony Rebel, Shine Head, Culture, Freddie McGregor, and of course a clash between Ninja Man and SuperCat. If you’re one of the disappointed members, maybe this earlier staging can brush away some bad vibes. Check it out below and share your thoughts in the comments section.
The countdown has begun for Sting, arguably one of the most anticipated annual events, and this year Supreme Promotions, the event’s organizer, is planning on a brand-new structure.
Sting 2015, under the theme ‘From Then ‘Til Now’, will mark a revolution for the historic event.
This year’s staging will be centered on honoring the major contributors to Jamaica’s music industry’s longest-running entertainment event. “We have been doing this since 1984 at Cinema II. Our posters are hot tickets.
“Year to year, people would try to get one to place on their walls at home, which indicates the impact of this event.
“It’s not we alone who do this, so we want to take some time to highlight the ones that help us make Sting what it is today,” said Sting creative director Dimario McDowell.
To accommodate the best of what the over 50 acts have to offer, gone are the days of lengthy full sets. A new wave of tighter sets, laced with only hit records from each performer, is the new order.
“We have to create a way to facilitate a large magnitude of artistes – constricted to the same time period, from dusk to dawn – where everybody gets to see who they want and hear what they want, the big tunes,” Sting founder and CEO Isaiah Laing added.
The brand-new structure will also see a mega midnight attraction with two of Dancehall’s most sought-after hit makers already secured for the event, which will be held on December 26 at Jamworld.
“Every year, we try to book them, and they always have shows in other parts of the world. They are in high demand ’cause they already cross over into the international market. We reach out to them from early, and they are excited to return,” said Sting conceptualizer Junior ‘Heavy-D’ Fraser.
In a few weeks, a press conference will be used to announce the top giants planned for the event.
Sting is renowned for having its audience witness one-of-a-kind entertainment. There have been memorable clashes involving Titans Shabba Ranks, Ninja Man, Super Cat, Mad Cobra, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer, as well as outstanding performances from hip-hop greats Notorious BIG, DMX, and Foxy Brown, as well as iconic reggae acts Buju Banton, Freddie McGregor, Patra, and Maxi Priest.
Next month’s event will be no different as ticket purchasers will continue to get the best of reggae and dancehall at the same great price.
The greatest one-night Reggae and Dancehall show in the world, Sting is already the hot topic on showgoers’ lips.
Taking his place at the “Greatest One Night Show” was Dancehall artist Masicka. With a brief set, Masicka went in on some of his singles, called out current rival Demarco and sent shots at Aidonia. I was hoping there would’ve been a clash between Masicka and Demarco but at the time this post was drafted there was word of an altercation between the two backstage. More performances will be featured later. Check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comments section.