How can the top dancehall artist not do a live performance in Jamaica for over three years. That is the question many dancehall fans were asking but will not need to ask any longer.
Alkaline will be performing on Magnum New Rules later this month. This will not only his first time performing since his recent arrest but his first time performing in Jamaica in over three years.
although Alkaline is expected to pull a large crowd, the promoter of the show, Dilan Reid, said the show would have a huge draw even without Alkaline.
“Persons were already looking forward to the show. Persons who don’t like him that much are going to come. I think people would have come out whether he was on the line-up or not because the show has many other quality acts on the show including Shaggy, I-Octane and Tarrus Riley,” Reid told 18 Karat Reggae.
Reid said Alkaline’s performance comes at an opportune time as local fans are even more excited to see him following his recent arrest.
“The artiste has the longest list of current hit songs in dancehall aside from Vybz Kartel, and a lot of these songs have not been performed on Jamaican soil for the past three years so people are coming out for that,” he said. “They should expect an exciting performance. His songs are played at football matches, and even the prime minister used his songs on the campaign trail so his performance is highly anticipated.”
Reid also explained that there are persons who will be coming out to critique the entertainer as some say he has no stage presence.
“People want to see him perform these songs on stage. If you go to any party, selectors can’t play one Alkaline song and each song get the same response, so it is a show that people will come to critique as much as they’ll come to enjoy themselves.”
Alkaline is also very excited and cannot wait to perform on the show.
“It’s been a while since I’ve graced a stage in Jamaica so I’m definitely looking forward to a great show, performing for my fans who have been supporting me throughout,” he told a Jamaican tabloid.