Bounty Killer, Ding Dong and Rising Stars close Emancipation Day with high energy
Over a thousand patrons turned out to take in the annual Digicel Emancipation concert at the Denbigh Agricultural Show on Saturday, August 1.
With impressive performances by Ding Dong, Bounty Killer, the top ten finalists in the Digicel Rising Stars and the popular Digicel dancers, the concert brought the day’s celebrations to an energetic close with patrons wanting more.
Hosted by the dynamic Miss Kitty, the night started out with the contestants from the Digicel Rising Stars competition with the wildcard Marsha Kaye and Roshelle being among the favourites. Marsha Kaye’s rendition of Tessanne Chin’s ‘Tumbling Down’ thrilled the audience and Roshelle drew the biggest crowd response when she belted out notes from Jennifer Hudson’s hit ‘And I Am Telling You’.
Ding Dong and the Ravas Clavas dancers later took over the stage with a bout of high-energy dancing to party favourites like ‘Gas’, ‘Nuh Linga’, ‘It’s a Holiday’, ‘Syvah’ and of course popular dance moves like ‘Seh Feh’ and ‘Shampoo’.
A newcomer to the Digicel stage at Denbigh, Ding Dong was delighted by the energy of the crowd, saying, “Emancipation Day is a proud day for all Jamaicans, so this was a great moment for the Ravas, performing at Denbigh for the first time. Digicel really helped to create some vibes in the holiday for the people coming out to Denbigh with this concert and we just love the energy that the crowd had. I tell people all the time, that the biggest line in my song is ‘I am from Jamaica’ and it’s true. Tonight, I’m really proud of that.”
The highlight of the night for many, however, was headliner Bounty Killer, who delivered an arsenal of hits including early picks like ‘Riding West’, ‘Mystery’ and ‘War’ before pulling from his more recent catalogues with ‘Gyal A Mad Over We’, ‘Just a Sing ‘Bout Gyal’ and ‘War Lord Nuh Business’.