Sizzla Rocks CFW

DANCEHALL artiste Sizzla Kalonji brought the curtains down at this year’s Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) held at the National Indoors Sports Centre in St Andrew on Sunday night. The annual fashion show, which also includes an entertainment package, had started on Friday. The Rastafarian artiste, who hails from August Town in St Andrew, ignited the audience and had them hanging on to his every word during his 30-minute set. He delivered songs including Holding Firm, Guide Over Us, Good Ways and Rise to the Occasion. Dancing in six-inch heels was not a problem for the several females as they bounced to the lyrics of Dry Cry, Woman I Need You, Give Me A Try, and Just One of Those Days. Cheers were the loudest when he started the lyrics of Nah Apologize and Karate. There was an international flavour to the evening’s musical package as American percussionist/singer Sheila E delivered Glamourous Life and All Around. Downsound Records artiste Ninjaman also delivered a tight set. Ahead of the live performances, 11 designers showcased their designs. Among the highlights were Trinidad and Tobago’s Delia Alleyne Steam Punk Revolutions and Jamaica’s Ashely Martin’s Attitude. “Showcasing my line at CFW is a major move for me as this is my first collection since graduating from UTT (University of Trinidad and Tobago) last year,” Alleyne told the Jamaica Observer. According to the 31-year-old designer, who also tutors fashion designing at UTT, her styles are always bold, energetic, punk and edgy. “I like being fun but different, so I tend to opt for out of the box designs” she added. Martin’s designs were well received by audience. She received a standing ovation at the end of her presentation. Her all-female line had an Hollywood inspired theme and consisted mostly of red carpet pieces including gowns and dresses. Among the other designers were Earl ‘Biggy’ Turner, Gavin Douglas, Jacqueline Cohen, Marcellas James, Saleem Samuels and Suzilee Chambers. Nell Robinson, Oraine Barrett and Jeneil Williams were also inducted into the Pulse Hall of Fame.

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