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VIBE, Busy Signal & A-Team put 2015 Emancipation Festival in high gear

- night spiced with good performances by a number of smaller acts as well
August 2nd, 2015 | Tags: VIBE Busy Signal 5-Star Akil A-Team festival
The Patsy C. Lake Festiville was again a hive of activity last evening August 1, 2015 with VIBE and the A-Team band of Trinidad complemented by one of the most versatile dancehall reggae artists of his generation – Busy Signal. Photo: VINO
Busy Signal on stage. Photo: VINO
Busy Signal on stage. Photo: VINO
Girls reacting to Busy Signal's sounds. Photo: VINO
Girls reacting to Busy Signal's sounds. Photo: VINO
Busy Signal belting out one of his hits. Photo: VINO
Busy Signal belting out one of his hits. Photo: VINO
A vocalist with the A-Team out of T&T. Photo: VINO
A vocalist with the A-Team out of T&T. Photo: VINO
One of the lead members of the A-Team out of T&T. Photo: VINO
One of the lead members of the A-Team out of T&T. Photo: VINO
One of the girls from the audience who performed in a dance competition. Photo: VINO
One of the girls from the audience who performed in a dance competition. Photo: VINO
Another hopeful in the onstage dance off. Photo: VINO
Another hopeful in the onstage dance off. Photo: VINO
5-Star Akil on stage. Photo: VINO
5-Star Akil on stage. Photo: VINO
Problem Child out of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Photo: VINO
Problem Child out of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Photo: VINO
VIBE during their performance. Photo: VINO
VIBE during their performance. Photo: VINO
One of VIBE's lead vocalist during the band's performance. Photo: VINO
One of VIBE's lead vocalist during the band's performance. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Patsy C. Lake Festiville was again a hive of activity last evening August 1, 2015 with VIBE and the A-Team band of Trinidad complemented by one of the most versatile dancehall reggae artists of his generation – Busy Signal.

Starting off the action around midnight, following some smaller acts, Busy Signal got the crowd lively and moving with his wide repertoire of dancehall and reggae sub-genres.

He started with ‘Nah go a Jail Again’ and took the willing audience on a musical journey with hits like ‘Wine Pun de Edge’ and ‘Tip Pun Yah Toe’ and his adaptation to the popular Nigerian hit ‘Personally’ by P-Square.

He also went down memory lane circa 2009 with his hits ‘One More Night’ and ‘Nightshift’, both huge hits in their time. He also did a later composition called ‘If you believe in Love.’

It was amazing to see how easy it was for Busy Signal to shift sub-genres – hard-core dancehall DJ one minute and lovers rock crooner the next. He switched it up and performed a soulful reflective song he penned while in prison in the United States. The song was about not losing hope and never giving up.

WhatsApp song!

He also performed his popular selection 'Unknown Number' and a new song which will resonate with anyone with a smartphone - the WhatsApp song, in which he sings about his misadventures with females texting him on the popular social medium.

Saving the best for last as the cliché goes, it was the collaboration with Major Lazer that he did shortly before leaving the stage…the wildly popular dance number Bumaye (Watch Out Fi Dis), to which a host of dance choreography videos have been done as evidenced by a simple YouTube search.

Following Busy Signal’s performance it was time for soca vibes. The Trinidadian ensemble, the A-Team, came to the stage and electrified with covers of popular soca hits from a wide range of artists. They delivered and had the crowd gyrating and even had giveaways for dancing girls from the audience who were pulled to the stage.

During the night too there were performances from 5-Star Akil out of Trinidad and Problem Child out of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

But the finale for the night was the 2014 Road March champions VIBE. They rocked the stage with performances of their popular numbers such as ‘Last Man Standing’, ‘Bend your knees and Bubble’, ‘Ride’ and a host of others they have become known for.

Bringing down the curtain at the Patsy C. Lake Festiville tonight will be Final Faze, Splash Band and Venomous Poison. 

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