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PHOTOS: Pulsating performances mark festival’s Int’l Reggae Night

Ding Dong and the Ravers Clavers crew on stage during International Reggae Night on Tuesday, August 3.

Dancehall sensation Keymar Ottey, better known by his stage name, Ding Dong, punctuated a night of exhilarating performances for the International Reggae Night edition of the Bernard ‘Yampie’ Nibbs Festiville.

Ding Dong’s performance concluded just before a downpour sent patrons rushing for the exits around 3 am earlier today, August 3.

The artiste and his Ravers Clavers dancers put on a clinical exhibition of high-energy entertainment for an enraptured crowd starved of such spirited fare for what may have seemed an eternity to many.

The performance by the entertainer included much interaction with fans as he dipped in and out of the crowd belting out many of his chart-topping hits along the way such as ‘Bad Man’, ‘Fling’, ‘Wul Up’ and ‘Lowe Mi’, among others.

As if that were not enough, the artiste invited several members of the audience on stage at the end of his set for a memorable dance-off that will definitely leave tongues wagging for some time to come.

Meanwhile, iconic reggae band, Steel Pulse, added its own special flavour to the packed crowd, reeling off a slew of hits from its own very extensive catalogue.

The UK-based band was the first non-Jamaican act to win the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 1986 for its Babylon the Bandit release, and the group had little trouble demonstrating just why it has continued to be a crowd favourite for well over four decades.

Founding member and lead vocalist, David Hinds, made several references to the continued need for the fight for freedom and justice for repressed people and many of the songs echoed that familiar theme throughout the band’s performance.

Earlier featured acts of the night included the Final Faze band, Sistah Joyce and Ritical who each gave spirited performances of their own that were well received by the appreciative crowd.

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  1. Kingfish says:

    Not one picture that shows what the celebration of our Festival represents. It is a SHAME to see what the BVI has become, a home for the lowest set of people that I have ever seen. It is time for the government impose guidelines for Festival performers and a dress code.

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  2. Miserable much? says:

    I see people being free and happy and for a few hours putting all their cares behind them. And your MS wants to impose a dress code? FFS – go siddung you miserable excuse for a human.

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  3. Take heed says:

    Government do not need to impose no guidelines they just need to do away with this carnival festivals.

    This is what Galatians 5:19-21 has to say about this.

    19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Revelries that is carnival and jouvert. Persons who practice and participate in such will not inherit the kingdom of God including these Government ministers who are promoting these events. Wait, wait we are in the hurricane season they soon coming on the radio and talk about prayer and fast. Well in do not want to hear none of them. I tell you take heed, hell will be one hot place if people don’t repent and turn to God.

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  4. Dede says:

    @Kingfish

    I’m in agreement with you. Glad to see the festivities back but little of our Virgin Islands culture was on display. I expected more, seeing that we still trying to define who is a Virgin Islander. I thought they would insist on this. Next issues I had were with their behaviour and dressing especially the females, I know it been awhile but was was displayed out there was totally uncalled for and down right despicable. The dry humping that was display and do not get me started on the clothes. Some of you left nothing to imagination. Have some respect. You are parents, grandparents, moms and dads, aunties and uncle etc. Respect yourselves, if not for you do it for our children.

    Let me take this opportunity to encourage us all to free our mind from this type of mental slavery. The kind that does nothing to uplift us. The kind that keeps us bickering and fighting with each other. Our ancestor suffer many injustices to free us from such bondages, do not by our actions put us back there. While the chain were remove from our hands and feet it seems like we are allowing our minds to be place in bondage. We’re allowing to much of negative things to be our guides and that not doing anything to uplift us. Please think things over before we act.

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  5. You says:

    Looks like a $20 hooker convention

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  6. Immigrate...shun says:

    “Do not give what is –
    holy to the dogs or cast your pearls to swine,lest they trample them under their feet,and tear you in pieces.

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  7. @Kingfish says:

    you need somebody to wine on your grumpy self. I bet you would love it. Lowkey though.

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  8. Shut the h**l up!! says:

    If you don’t like the dress code just stay your miserable a** at home. And let the rest of us enjoy our few days of freedom from work, stress, bills, children, people and people like you.

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  9. Kingfish says:

    What most of you who enjoy this disgraceful display fail to realize is that these kinds of performances can and will have effect both PILLARS OF THE BVI ECONOMY. The financial services will suffer as certain businesses will not want to do business in a country that condones such nasty habits, and the other pillar tourism will also suffer. Keep it BVI and you will soon start to suffer the consequences.

    The government should not use taxpayers ‘dollars to fund these activities. As a poster stated, Festival should be cancelled: until it can be assured that it will be held in a standard that is respectful and expresses the true meaning of what the celebration of Festival in the BVI means.

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  10. Roger Burnett says:

    If the festival activities were in memory of Virgin Islanders who fought for emancipation, it doesn’t say much for the respect they deserve.

    Jamaica’s Ding Dong was given no expense-spared lavished stage set prominence while the island’s Fungi Band was paraded through the streets on what looked like the back of a cattle truck.

    Incidentally, this news site correctly spelt the name of the Jamaican contingent but misspelt the “Fungi” as “Fungo”.

    That alone speaks volumes of the demise of Virgin Island cultural identity.

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