Veteran acts dominate Ghetto Splash

December 19, 2018
Anthony Minott/photographer King Beenie Man could do no wrong.
Anthony Minott/photographer Cham had the women moving during his performance.
Bounty Killer

The 2018 edition of Ghetto Splash belonged to the veterans who showed their class and experience with clinical performances that had patrons buzzing long after they exited the stage.

Artistes such Agent Sasco, Cham, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer were the standout acts.

Sasco created the first wave of excitement as he thrilled with songs such as Almighty Protect, Anywhere We Go and Hand Inna Di Air

Mixing the old with the new, he gave patrons a taste of his new album Hope River when he delivered songs like Banks of the Hope and Winning.

He kept his set short and spicy and received huge forwards from the crowd for his efforts.

The next act to elicit a huge response was Cham. The entertainer showed off his extensive catalogue as he gave the crowd hits from his days as a youth fresh out of Calabar High to recent.

Songs like Babylon Bwoy, Another Level, Rudeboy Pledge and of course Ghetto Story had the crowd going wild.

But it was the segment dedicated to the ladies that earned the deejay the biggest forward of the night.

Cham had every woman in the crowd dancing up a storm as he delivered tracks such as Tun Up, Back Way, Vitamin S, Get Drunk and Wine.

Even the women who were seated got out of their chairs, no doubt satisfied that at least one entertainer got them to sweat a little.

Then, veterans Bounty Killer and Beenie Man took the night to higher levels. Killer, the first to touch the stage, commanded the crowd's attention by mixing music with a little social commentary.

In addition to pleading with corporate Jamaica to ensure events like Ghetto Splash live on, Killer also addressed several issues including crime and violence in inner-city communities like Waterhouse. 

Pointing out that he got his start at King Jammy's studio in Waterhouse, Killer expressed that there are many talented youth in the ghetto that do not get the chance to reach their true potential because of violence. He encouraged the youth to put an end to senseless killings.

Then the rest of the night belonged to 'king of the dancehall'.

A product of Waterhouse, it came as no surprise when the 'Doctor' received a huge welcome.

Beenie Man could do no wrong as the crowd was glued to his set from start to finish.

Not only did he thrill in true Beenie Man fashion, which included a few dance moves, but the deejay also shared the stage with several artistes including Kantana, Likkle D and Wayne J.

He also  brought on acts such as Govana and the Sparta boss, Tommy Lee. Several up-and coming artistes took turns at the mic as the show came to a close at approximately 6 a.m.