Most people go to Jamaica for tropical beaches, mellow vibes and relaxation. I ventured from San Diego, California to Jamaica for Curefest 2007. The three-day birthday/freedom celebration was in Montego Bay and Trelawny. Day one: a small all-white attire party, day two: selector spin-off, and day three: a 26-hour concert featuring Jah Cure and around 60 other performers. Top artists that performed on Sunday included Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Bounty Killer, Junior Reid, Morgan Heritage, Richie Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, Jah Mason, Mavado, Chuck Fenda, Cocoa Tea, and Queen Ifrica. Unexpected guest included Gyptian and Pressure. Proceeds benefited the Western Society for the Upliftment of Children.

Jah Cure & friends @ Starfish Trelawny Resort

Live Wyya Band

The Friday night all-inclusive, all-white birth-night party, at the Starfish Trelawny Resort, was specifically for the press and close friends of Jah Cure. The ballroom featured food, drinks and all white accents included satin covered chairs with draping light gray bows. Cure arrived a few hours after the evening begun with his entourage of forty, mostly men, decked from head to toe in white. Inside the ballroom, his semi-circle seating faced the stage with his closest friends beside him. The Live Wyya band backed artists such as Etana and Prodigal Son, whom sang words of praise, encouragement and respect to Jah Cure. After the live music, the DJs kept the party going dropping the latest hits.

Jah Mason

Ninja Man

Lutan Fyah

Saturday night at Pier 1, featured the Selector spin-off between Sound System Selectors and Radio DJs. It was extremely boring and a low turnout. I will contend that Hip-Hop DJs surely win the popularity contest when comparing genres and battles. The screaming and tidbits of songs are more annoying than entertaining. The hype of the TV crews was more entertaining than the actual event.

Morgan Heritage

Bounty Killer

Sunday night was by far the longest concert I have ever experienced in one sitting, but well worth it. The Longing For Concert, held at the Trelawny Multi Purpose Stadium, started at 7:30 pm and did not end until Jah Cure finished at 9:00 am. It was a special treat to witness his first full-length concert in Jamaica in over eight years and be part of the vibe. He rocked it and his close friends were behind him on stage smiling and moving to the riddims and the sound of his crisp voice.

Fire Lion

Jah Cure

Junior Reid

The artists that played early had great energy, but the headliners were amazing. The worst performance of the evening goes to Guidance; he was not only off key, but off beat as well. Great performances not listed above include Mr. Easy with his hit, "Drive Me Crazy"; Christopher Martin, winner of the Rising Stars competition, had the girls weak in the knees with "Giving it"; and Fire Lion had everyone scowling "Wow". Fire Lion has a crazy off-the-wall style with comical lyrics. His jams utilize a hip-hop vibe, which seems to be the new trend. Another special treat to hear was Duane Stephenson, who performed his first solo performance after recently signing with VP Records.

Christopher Martin

Mr. Easy

Despite the rain that had been drenching Jamaica and creating major travel delays from the other side of the island, the Sunday night event had a good turnout. Respect goes to all the fans that came to the show and stayed until after sunrise to see Jah Cure and the plethora of other headliners. Compared to the United States, Jamaicans are die-hard fans that know how to party. Special thanks to my new friend and bodyguard, Carlton Smith, who is an amazing keyboard player from the band Legal Vibrations. Also thanks to Jessica Madsen from Miami, my travel partner and partner in crime.

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