By Roland Hyde
News Americas, BROOKLYN, NY, Weds. Aug. 1, 2012: Given the history of dominance by men when it comes to Caribbean music and the opportunity to perform on the world stage, it is ironic that the 5th Annual Brooklyn Music Festival, turned out to be an actual ladies night.
In dramatic contrast to previous years, Jammins Productions had promised just one male artist, Movado, to headline the concert. However, a few hours before show time, which was pushed back due to a thunderstorm, the promoter announced that “due to unresolved issues between artist and management, Movado will not perform on the concert tonight.”
Fans were noticeably disappointed; voicing displeasure while some left and others demanded refund.
But rising to the occasion, the ladies got down to business and delivered an entertaining set of Dancehall and Soca hits to reward those faithful fans who braved the thunderstorm to see them perform.
Among the early acts, Reese Anthony and her very sexy female dancers were dazzling while showing great vocal promise in pop, R&B, and reggae. Also Lady Taz was very effective with her Hip-Hop performance. However, the night was saved by two veteran female performers who had a lot in common as sexually provocative entertainers. Soca star Denise Belfon of Trinidad and Tobago, and the newly-crowned Queen of Dancehall, Lady Saw, took everyone down memory lane with their vast repertoire of hits.