Summer Jam 2018 Recap
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It is safe to say Summerjam 2018 was a success. The three days reggae festival held in Cologne Germany were filled with high energy and peaceful vibes.
Over the three days, patrons got to see some of Jamaica’s top dancehall and reggae artists, on Friday there was Christopher Martin who had the crowd, especially the females, enjoying every second of his set. Charly Black turned the ladies into party animals with his eccentric performance. Next was Ghanaian dancehall deejay Stonebwoy who gave a good representation of dancehall from Africa dropping “hits pon top of hits”. The dancehall arena / after party was excellent with Pow Pow Movement and Jugglers Sound both from Germany. They ripped up the place playing the latest dancehall tracks.
On Saturday, reggae singer Jesse Royal kicked off the day with a stellar performance on the red stage. Even though it was early, the fans came out and were skanking in the sun. Tarrus Riley and the Blak Soil band was nothing short of spectacular. The “She’s royal” singer showed his professionalism on stage, wheeling out hits from his huge catalog. Saxophonist Dean Fraser added that extra sweetness to every song.
Ziggy Marley gave a great show as expected. Meanwhile on the Green Stage reggae singer Skarra Mucci, who is a crowd favourite, gave a exceptional show. In his set he welcome dancehall deejay Phantom Imc to sing their song “Gyallis”. Next was “the great man” Jahmiel who has proven that he is a force in the music to be rekon with. He delivered throughout his entire performance.
The “bruk off your back” deejay Konshens spared no time in getting the fans involved in his performance. His growth over the last years has been significant. His stage presence and performance were captivating. The man himself, the vendetta boss Alkaline, was the headliner of the green stage. Even though it was not his best performance, he rocked the crowd with his hit song “Champion Boy”, “Pretty Girl Team….
The musical maestros of saturday’s dancehall stage were Tallawah Sound, Warrior Sound and Dj CEM / Beatpackers. The venue was packed and they had the crowd eating out of their hands.
Sunday Day three Lineup saw artists like Richie Stephenson & The Ska Nation Band from Italy, Brought a fusion of musical genres.
Chronixx was the final acts of the festival and he didn’t disappoint.
He and his band, the Zincfence Redemption’s are no strangers to the red stage. They commanded the crowd with songs from the Grammy nominated album “Chronology”. The band percussionist Hector initiated the dancing vibe while playing the song “Likes”, demonstrating the latest dancehall moves (Flary, Fling).
The ambiance in the crowd was one of reverence, as they sang along to every song.
It’s pleasing to see Jamaican cultures (reggae, dancehall, Rastafarianism) being celebrated across the world, especially in Germany at Summerjam, with such a magnitude. Even the Jamaican dishes were represented at three different stands.
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The festival was well organized. The sound and the stage lightnings were first class.