Splash! Hip Hop & Dancehall Festival - Chemnitz, Germany
Saturday, 21st July, 2001
Unfortunately due to the time that DaintyCrew.com reached Germany we had already missed Chico, Alley Cat and Lady G's performances. On arrival to the Splash we had to hunt around for the Dancehall stage. When we finally located it by the water we wondered how we could have missed it, as it was ample in size.
As we walked towards the stage we could see Ward 21 with 2 members in baggy green trousers and black tops with the remaining 2 in denim boiler suits. They had the crowd jumping before Lexxus took to the stage dressed in green khaki denim suit, which looked mysteriously like the one he had been wearing at the Stratford Rex the previous night.
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Lexxus sang Dennis Brown's 'Love & Hate' and then he moved onto his own tunes including the 'Bad Weather'. He then DJed 'Full Hundred' and went straight up to the crowd and screechied with one girl and then sang 'Penny We' to another. He moved back to the stage and sang 'Bungs A Gal' over the Get Your Freak On riddim as he did a few body popping style moves. Singer Jay with a shock of red hair could be seen towards the back of stage with a mic in his hand backing Lexxus.
As Lexxus jumped about the stage he constantly had to pull up his jeans and we were beginning to worry that he was about to lose his jeans as three-quarters of his grey boxer shorts could be seen. We also started to wonder why he had bothered to put on a belt at all! He bigged up Jamaica and advised that it was "the best place on earth" as the Superstar riddim came in. He sang 'War Start' and advised everyone to "buss a blank" and then he went onto 'Yuh Nah'.
The Rice and Peas rythmn was dropped and Lexxus DJed, "Big up me fren dem." He then asked the crowd "If you think I'm sexy make some noise" and in response the girls screamed. He then went onto 'Dead Now' followed by 'Monkeys Out' and then DJed "Spot an informer by my window." Singer Jay requested that he demonstrate the Zip It Up. Lexxus complied then went onto 'Pray' and he demanded that "Thou shall not kill" before he exited the stage.
The MOB Band worked up an intro and in stepped Degree to centre stage in a grey and burgundy denim suit with grey skull cap. He utilised the whole of the stage and began his set on 'Cartoon Character'. He then moved onto 'Gwan Ya Gal' and asked for the ladies to 'Grab Up On Him' as he did a shuffling style dance. He then advised that he could see 'My Kind A Gal' and asked all the girls with the "grabity" to scream.
Degree was talking about the Jamaican slang, "Yeah man" and advised that this was also the title of his new album which is due to be released by Greensleeves. He then requested, "If you come to enjoy yourself say brap brap."
Hawkeye was towards the rear of the stage backing Degree. Degree had his very own Arrow riddim playing and he DJed 'Stamina' over it and then he went onto 'Hold You Tonight'. He covered Lionel Richie's 'Hello' and then back to 'Hold You Tonight'. He advised "Oh Lord she want a bodyguard" before he said that she also needed the 'Pianist' and then the Joyride riddim was dropped. He continued to move through his catalogue of hits including 'Papa Lover', 'Giddy Up' and he finished on 'Traffic Blocking'.
"People dead! Lawd A Mercy" bawled the unmistakable voice of the Warlord over the Mission Impossible riddim. He then entered the stage in black suit, Clarks and a wave cap topped with dark glasses.
Bounty proceeded onto his vast number of hits commencing with 'Lodge', 'Mr Wannabe' and he demanded "Not another word" and then he advised "Bwoy you dead this time" while he was 'Riding West'.
He asked, "Who send dem" and advised that it was like "War beyond the stars" and as he paused a round of applause could be heard from the crowd. He went onto 'Suspense' and advised that the corrupt politicians should "Go now."
"By the rivers of Babylon" was the Poor Peoples Governor's intro to 'Seek God' before he went onto 'Fed Up', 'Down In The Ghetto' and then onto 'Defend The Poor'. He moved effortlessly to 'Miss Ivy's Last Son', 'Scare Dem' then onto 'Book Book Book'. There was no stopping him and we got treated to 'Magnet', 'Wutless Bwoy' and he advised that "Gal dem a ride me nature" before he moved to 'Warlord' and then onto 'Bulls of Chicago'.
Bounty reminded us that it was the 'Next Millennium' and he advised that 'Me Can't Believe Mi Eyes' and that the "Eagle and the hawk surround me." He then sang 'Lord Is My Salvation' and he told us how his mother had always been there for him before he launched into 'Pot Of Gold' a forthcoming track from his soon to be released 'Ghetto Dictionary' album. When he finished praising his mother he got another round of applause and then he DJed 'Cellular Phone'.
"Anyone have any sensimelia, alaska, kiki?" he questioned the crowd before he went into 'Smoke the Herb' and then advised "highgrade forever and no bush weed never." He moved onto his current hit on the Rice and Peas riddim 'Mystery is a Mystery' and then as he removed his glasses he asked 'Look Into My Eyes'. He finished his set on a serious note, "We need some more political leaders. PJ must go, Seaga must go. Did you see the news? Pure killings in Kingston."
At this point DaintyCrew.com went backstage and we could hear Barrington Levy being welcomed on stage. By the time we returned Barrington Levy dressed in white shorts, shirt, vest and baseball cap was nearing the end of his set. He warned 'Murderer' then he sang "Yes I am broad, I'm broad, I'm broader than broadway" and his band showed their expertise before he sang 'Bad Boys'.
DaintyCrew.com went backstage for a while and then later moved onto the Dancehall tent where German sound, Soundquake were mashing up the place alongside Renaissance. Soundquake called up German Reggae artist D-Flame and he got the crowd moving but it wasn't until Chico stepped up that the place really got flattened.
Delano and Pepsi of Renaissance maintained the frenzy that Chico had created and when we left around 3am they were still going strong.
Big respect goes out to Jan for giving us the opportunity to have a great time in Germany. Honourable mentions go out to everyone we met backstage that night especially Delano, Pepsi and Earlton.