Could it really have been the sound of gunshots to celebrate the performance of the Vendetta Boss, Alkaline?
Try again. You never make it last year, but try again… Haffi mek it da year yah, me seh mek it da year yah… Now a we time a no later…
The wise words from the Vendetta Boss, Alkaline in his song “Try Again” is the motto of most Jamaicans.
It was a mood of festivity and great anticipation as eager patrons waited for the performance of Alkaline.
Patrons were also teased with performances from Movado, Shaggy, Stacious, Jamiel, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane just to name a few.
According to Delan Reid, head of Browns Town Entertainment, sponsorship was not forthcoming from corporate Jamacia, due to the following reason:
We had limited support from corporate Jamaica, especially after Alkaline was detained… prospective sponsors backed off. A lot of what we did was out of pocket and Magnum stayed with us and proved to be warriors.
Reid concluded by stating that; “We wanted to show people dancehall is still alive in this generation; it’s a new movement … Success brings changes so let’s see what will happen next.”
Alkaline has been blazing up the airwaves with various hit tracks over the past two years. Silencing his critics about his ability to out-perform Vybz Kartel. Some even dubbed Alkaline the Deejay of the year for 2016.
However, it has been well over two years’ since the shining star, Alkaline, graced a Jamaican stage with his presence. Therefore, it was no surprise that his first performance would have been a jam-packed event, and so it was; because patrons were literally rubbing shoulders at the event. Tickets prices were set at a cost effective level with college students paying only $1000, and $1500 for a presold ticket.
Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 3:30 a.m. the wait was over for his fans. Excitement along with pandemonium resulted in a stampede when eager Alkaline fans heard his voice.
The VIP section had a stampede when patrons started jumping over the other barricades to be closer to Alkaline. Demonstrating his level of professionalism, Alkaline remained calm and encouraged his fans to settle down. It was during the stampede that explosions were heard, which sounded like gunshots.
Police officers have not corroborated this claim, and neither have Delan Reid the organizer of the event. In an interview on TJV Entertainment News, Delan Reid refuted the claims that gunshots were fired at the event. Reid said it was an excited patron who lit an object, which exploded and made what sounded like gunshots.
Alkaline’s security team were kept busy as fans tried to pull the deejay off the stage. Even after Alkaline’s performance, fans ran backstage to his tent to intercept the deejay, but he was able to elude his eager fans.
The event organizer, Delan Reid, stated that regardless of the technical issues, he was very satisfied with the outcome of the event.