It was one of the largest turnout for a reggae event in Detroit. Over 500 people packed the Key Club for this spectacular event. Music was provided by Strictly Roots Movement and Killa, both played a good mix of culture and dancehall tunes to keep the people rocking. Strictly Roots Movements gave the people a good dose of uplifting music from the great Bob Marley which all appreciated. Killa kept to the traditional hardcore dancehall much to the delight of the younger reggae followers.
After a few hours of juggling it was time for the fashion show. First on stage was a fashion designer by the name of Ben Salian Kouyate. His show consisted of native African wear including native African evening wear and wedding gowns. His fashions were extraordinary to say the least. The next group of designers were suppose to model lingerie and swimsuit but for whatever reason failed to go on stage.
The first musicians to perform was a band by the name of 1592 an all white band specializing in Rock Steady and alternative music. They performed their first song which by all accounts was pretty good. Some people in the crowd however, started to heckle the band one girl in the front shouted "When are we going to hear some reggae" others joined in and the band then abruptly ended their set and left the stage. After a brief intermission the dj's came on stage starting with a solid performance by Gift and the the twins RP & LP, both did a good job of getting the crowd energized. Arubis, Scorpian and Doegla kept the energy flowing with some hardcore dancehall tunes from gun man lyrics to gal tunes. Phantom was next he pleased the crowd as usual with his pumpum tunes but was visibly upset at having to cut his performance short because of time restraints. The artist who most people wanted to hear however, was an unknown artist to the reggae scene. but apparently is widely known in other areas. Sol a very beautiful and sultry singer had the people crying for more. She did well in getting the crowd to participate while doing her performance. Before she ended her performance she was joined on stage by Derrick Irie who along with Sol raised the tempo even more. Unfortunately time would once again cut their performances short as by now it was well after 2am.
It was a wonderful night one of the best in a long time. Big up to Strictly Roots Movement for a job well done.