Thousands turned up for Pandemonium

Pandemonium has again given soca fans a taste of what they will be getting at the conclusion of this year’s carnival season, by treating the crowd to energetic performances and hit soca music.

Hosted at Hope Gardens Thursday night, Pandemonium managed to pull a strong turnout, despite being hosted on a regular working day.

The event was being hosted at this venue for the first time, and the promoters went all out with their production, using huge metallic gadgets to create a fence, which guarded the main stage, and various lit signs and screens erected in the venue.

The DJ was in his element, engaging patrons with hard-core soca music and getting them to gyrate and jump to songs like Vagabond by Ricardo Drue, Cloud 9 by Lyrikal and Phenomenal by Benjai.

At midnight, soca giant Machel Montano was introduced to perform by Miss Kitty. Dressed in full black, wearing a T-shit labelled ‘Like Ah Boss’, the artiste immediately got to business, performing the popular single of the same name. Machel Montano also delivered songs like Happiest Man Alive, among others. He was also joined by Shaggy, Angela Hunte, and Sean Paul, who each received strong responses for their display.

Telecommunications company Digicel had promotional ladies parading the party wearing red costumes for the entire night.

The event concluded abruptly at minutes after 1 a.m., with patrons begging for more. Even after the music stopped and the lights went dull on the main stage, patrons still stood their ground, hoping the organisers would be given extra time to continue the event. Danielia McLean, sponsorship executive at Digicel, says Sunday will be the ultimate climax.

“We are delighted that we were able to end the 2015 Digicel/Appleton Carnival ‘Pon Di Road’ series on such a high note at Pandemonium with one of Soca’s greatest, Machel Montano. We’ve been bringing the Carnival spirit right across Jamaica, and our customers have absolutely enjoyed the vibes and the energy at each event.

“Now, we’re just really excited about the rest of the events lined up for Carnival week, and we can’t wait to ‘chip down di road’ with our customers at the Bacchanal Road March on Sunday,” She said.

Bob Marley museum trended online after Obama’s visit

Reggae icon Bob Marley trended on social media recently, as US President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to the Bob Marley museum on 56 Hope Road, Kingston 6.

“We are trending in Jamaica and the world online. Bob Marley’s legacy has always been relevant, and a visit from the President after hours solidifies that.

“It must have been on top of his ‘things-to-do list’ because the museum was his first stop after what must have been a long day,” Debby Bissoon, brand manager at Bob Marley Group of Companies, told The STAR.

According to Bissoon, while they were told that President Obama would eventually turn up at the museum, there were early indications that something special was about to happen.

“There were some signs. Our security team and staff are very keen on detail. So we had some visitors who toured the museum, who may not have looked all the way ‘touristy’, so we tried to connect the dots as best as we could. but with the President, you can never be too sure,” she said.

“The former television host also revealed that the staff at the Bob Marley museum were honoured to share the same roof with the first US president of African lineage.

“We are very honoured to be a part of such a rich legacy. Our CEO, Cedella Marley, allows us to feel like we are a part of that legacy; and so, we know the responsibility we have. Our general manager, Marie Bruce, and staff feel honoured and grateful. And, as I told Mr President, he is welcomed to the museum any time,” she said.

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