The latest twist in the closing of Reggae sumfest “Dancehall Night Saga” is that Dancehall star KipRich has declared that he is ready to close Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest 2014 in Montego Bay since fellow artiste I Octane is chickening out from the responsibility.
Speculation as to who should close the show has been playing out in the media recently. Sumfest organisers have asked I-Octane to close the show but he has somewhat declined, claiming that Mr Vegas should do this. Vegas has said that Octane should, however, do this.
“Ah the first mi ever see this in the industry where an artiste is announcing to the world that he doesn’t want to close a major reggae show. Mi close Sting two years straight, and Sting ah the most intimidating show on the planet, so mi know mi can do a good job at Sumfest. Mi waan close it, mi ready fi the responsibility so why dem a run from the occasion? How dem a run down bigmanship but when yuh see what it entails, everybody ah run up and down like dem nah no head?” KipRich asked.
He added that he had worked reggae shows all over the world, and usually, artistes allow promoters to decide the running order of a show.
“Whatever time a promoter want you fi work, that’s the time artistes should work. Artistes don’t work fi please other artistes. Remember as an artiste, yu a work fi please the fans, yu need to give the fans dem a show. Your primary responsibility is to entertain and give them their money’s worth, so since when it become about trying to embarrass another artiste or about how yu feel? … It is always about the fans,” an upset KipRich said.
Kiprich, who is a certified crowd-pleaser and a veteran of many reggae-dancehall shows, called on the promoters to use him instead.
“Mi never see dancehall come to this, where artistes ah run from the occasion. Mi close the International Kite Fest the other day and the people dem wait pon me, and mi mek sure mi have a real show fi dem. So why dem a clown out dancehall with argument ’bout dem nuh waan close? How much more demwant Beenie Man and Bounty Killer fi bear? What about the future of the business? Stop hide from the real ting dem and use the media fi confuse the issue. If yu say yu a de big man, and yu work hard for that title, then step forward. Mi ready fi close it, Gourzong, line up de money!”