Several local acts took to the stage to perform such as; Hatta Flames, Daniel, Buggy Nhakente and more, set the stage for an energetic Reggae showcase. International Reggae artistes Sizzla, Queen Ifrica, Wyclef Jean, Gyptian and Junior Kelly put on a deserving performance to counter the inclement weather and heavy rains of the day. Fans stood in puddles of water, umbrellas high in the pouring rains awaiting their favorite acts.
Junior Kelly came out blazing and determined to give the people a memorable performance. Inspired with the heightened energy of his fans, Kelly jumped into the audience saying, “me a come inna the rain with unnu”.
Queen Ifrica’s powerful stage presence commanded the crowd, as fans climbed into the pits to get a closer look at her. The barefoot Queen appealed to everyone to promote unity between Barbados and Jamaica while her conscious lyrics echoed from the stage front. Earlier, Gyptian held his own, the audiences sang in chorus to Serious Times and Hold You and then serenaded the ladies with Beautiful Lady.
Sizzla Kalonji stood out with an impressive set, that animated and revived the audience. Later Buggy Nhakente joined him for their collaborations The Children and The Family, getting constant ‘forwards’ from the crowd. As is usual, Wyclef Jean changed the tone of the event, beginning his set with a few old school Fugees tunes that rallied the masses such as Ready or Not before moving into Gone to November.
This, its seventh staging, Reggae On The Hill was postponed for one day due to a decision by the Disaster Emergency Management, as a flood warning that was issued by the Barbados Metereolgical Office. Known to be the dry season X-X, Barbados was hit with unusual heavy rains for several days before show day. Promoters of Reggae On The Hill, FAS Entertainment agreed to move the show date to Monday, May 2 (Bank Holiday in Barbados).
For all who attended despite the weather conditions it was a spectacular reggae show from beginning to end. Despite the lower than anticipated turn out this year associated with postponing the show, FAS Entertainment’s Al Gilkes said, “The satisfaction comes from the fact that we were able to put on a show featuring all the artistes that we advertised and that people wanted and despite the rain people have come out and they have enjoyed themselves. …That is my satisfaction out of it . . . we have delivered.”