Sting-ing for peace

Sting-ing for peace

Written by Editor

Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

Lyrical artillery has always found a home at Sting, the “greatest one night reggae show on earth” staged every year on December 26, but the entertainers on this year’s bill will once again be asked to leave their words of war at the entrance and eschew onstage confrontations as the promoters attempt to deliver a show free of clashes. Now in its 27th year, Sting was officially launched on November 23 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel with much fanfare.

Thirteen of dancehall’s finest (Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, I-Octane etc.) will feature in the segment titled “13 Warriors”, while the likes of D’Angel, Ikaya, Face, Pamputae, Lisa Hyper, Ce’Cile and Tifa will line up among the “13 Bad Girls” of Sting. Other segments of the show include “Spotlight”, “Sting Disc Jocks” (Liquid, Sunshine and Bambino), “Sting Commentary” and “Starlights”.

Macka Diamond, Isaiah Laing and DHQ2004 Latesha Brown


Seanizzle, Khago and promotional girls at Sting 2010 launch

The Sting line-up is heavy with egos, many of them bruised and laden with the bitter baggage of unsettled scores. It might just take a “wrong look”, a misstep on someone’s Clarks, an off the cuff mention or a caustic lyrical salvo to set incendiary tempers ablaze and shatter the fragile peace. No doubt, there are some persons who are counting on such a scenario to take place and sour the LIME-sponsored event.  However, given the current mood of the people and the state of dancehall music, most right-thinking, well-meaning Jamaicans will likely be rooting for quality entertainment against the backdrop of peace at Sting 2010.

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