Dancehall newest sensation Dexta Daps, whose popularity soared following a tussle he had with police officers at the Donald Sangster International Airport in MoBay recently, proved his star billing at the second annual Oracabessa Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in New York City.
Excitement broke out as the singer, fashionably attired in a designer suit, delivered songs like Dreaming, Pretty Nicky, Morning Love and Jealous Ova, an erotic duet he recorded with dancehall diva Tifa that was well received by fans. He even showed versatility crooning Beres Hammond’s Putting Up Resistance and the Morgan Heritage classic She’s Still Loving Me. He garnered his biggest ovation with his dancehall anthem 7eleven, which resonated with the throngs of women that were in the park.
Veteran singer Freddy McGregor, who brought the curtain down on the festivities, demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with To Be Poor Is A Crime, Push Come To Shove and Big Ship.
Singer Alaine displayed stunning vocal range with Keep Rising, Could Not Make It Without You and Marcia Griffiths’ I Shall Sing.
Always dressed to impress, Josey Wales had the entire park singing along to old favorites like Kingston Hot, Leggo Mi Hand and Undercover Lover.
The high point of the festival came midway Tarrus Riley’s performance when he invited on his dad, veteran singer Jimmy Riley, who was helped onstage with the assistance of a walker. Not deterred, the father and son team was a force to be reckoned with and had the entire park singing along to Rougher Yet and Love And Devotion.
Renowned gospel artist Shirley Willis of Grace Thrillers may have lost a bit of luster since her near- death accident in 2008, but her testimony was powerful. Her poignant rendition of Can’t Even Walk resonated with the patrons.
Her strong performances came from Chris Martin who had his way with the ladies; Sean Paul who worked the stage with his dancers; Shuga; Stacius and NY-based KConeil.