Reggae star Capleton expects to be a hit at the Boxing Day event, based on his fiery performance at Wednesday’s launch of Magnum Sting at Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston.
Shortly after, Capleton went into hits such as That Day Will Come, Lotion, Fire Time and Who Dem.
“A long time mi nuh represent fi Sting yuh nuh. Da part a di show ya name ‘If yuh heart nuh clean, keep yuh hand a yuh side. If yuh a raper and paedophile, keep yuh han’ a yuh side,” he ordered the gathering, who waved and jumped in approval.
Performances also came from Tydal, Dan I and Zhavea.
According to organisers, this year’s Sting will pay homage to Dancehall Fashion. For the first time, the show will be split into two segments, one featuring Electronic Dancehall acts like DJ Jerry and Fyah Starter.
Isaiah Laing, CEO of Supreme Promotions — promoters of the annual Magnum Sting stage show — said it will take another $25 million to reach the show’s financial target.
Laing said he is currently seeking new sponsorship and will have to negotiate a loan from a bank.
Sting is held on Boxing Day, December 26.
For the past two years, Downsound Records CEO Josef Bogdanovich partnered with Supreme Promotions for the show’s staging. However, this year, Bogdonovich withdrew leaving the Sting organisers feeling the pinch.
Last year the event, dubbed as the “Greatest One Night Show on Earth”, was streamed in North America, Japan and England. Laing said. However, this year will be just as exciting as last year.
Sting, now in its 31 staging, has outlived other live events including Reggae Sunsplash, Saddle to the East, and Sashi. The event caters to a hardcore dancehall audience and is known for its lyrical clashes among deejays. Super Cat vs Ninjaman, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer, Stitchie vs Papa San, and most recently Kiprich and Black Ryno, have been some of the most memorable face-offs.
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