Reggae Riot: Tribute to Beres HammondMay 5, 2016
On Monday, April 11, 2016, The Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts, UWI Mona, was the venue of Reggae Riot. The event is the brain child of the event co-ordination group Elysium Events; a group of Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management (ECEM) students at the University of the West Indies.
The line up consisted of a number of young and upcoming singers and artiste such as Quada, GiRL, Blvk H3ro, Runkus, dBurnz and Ras I. Blvk H3ro and Runkus both brought on Protoje as a featured act on their sets.
Lovers Rock icon Beres Hammond was awarded by his son Rasheed Hammond and Ashlie Barret; members of the Elysium Events group for his contribution to Jamaican music. After which he was honoured with a tribute performance by the band, “Di Vibe.” featuring Karen Smith.
The line up also consisted of seasoned acts such as Dre Island ft Kelissa and Chronixx and Agent Sasco. Also veteran acts such as Beenie Man and Sizzla. Sizzla was also awarded for excellence by Chad Legister.
Unfortunately, I had to stop shooting as my shoulder started to hurt; due to injuries I obtained from a car accident in March. As a result I wasn’t able to capture Dre Island’s set. Much love to Marla Brown for massaging my shoulders so I could however capture the rest of the show.
Part proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the Alpha Boys’ Institute in recognition of the institution’s contribution to the growth and development of Jamaican music that the show aimed to celebrate.
-Members of Elysium Events group celebrating at the end of a successful event.
-Jik-Reuben, The Visual Ninja with aid of Jahmeila Reid,