Sizzla was in fine spirit and recuperated form when he performed at his first major event in almost a year after his near fatal motorcycle accident in Jamaica.
The entertainer, whose full name is Miguel Collins, entertained his guests who attended Sizzla Unplugged and Acoustics at Club Privilege, New Kingston, this past Sunday. The man of the night with his classic hits including Show Us The Way, Simplicity, Words Of Devin, Holding Firm, Solid As A Rock, Thank You Mama and Be Strong.
Supporting acts included students from Papine High School who joined Sizzla onstage to sing a negro spiritual before providing background vocals. Jamaican violinist Jessica Yap along with reggae veterans Sly & Robbie also lent their musical support.
During the unplugged acoustic set, Sizzla answered questions about himself as well as the Sizzla Youth Foundation, benefactor of the event.
“I registered my foundation to train and develop the youth, not just in Jamaica but worldwide. We need to help the youth more,” he said, as he asked patrons to contribute to the foundation, having shared earlier that Popcaan had donated $50,000.
Answering more questions, Sizzla also took the opportunity to ‘bun out’ men wearing tight pants, shaving eyebrows, and those wearing their pants below their waists.
“Bun mi a bun fire now,” he said, before doing a mix of Free Me and Buju Banton’s Boom Bye Bye.
All in all the reviews were stellar on Kalonji’s return to the stage, in fine form and in happy spirits.
MEANWHILE, overshadowing Sizzla’s performance on Sunday is report that his planned concert in Stockholm, Sweden, was scrapped due to complaints about the anti-gay lyrics of his songs, organizers said.
Sizzla was booked to perform at the Hornstull Strand on March 28. The show was cancelled after lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists and their supporters voiced their outrage over his songs, which contain lines about killing and burning homosexuals.
Some of Sizzla’s concerts in Canada and England have also been cancelled because of the public outcry.
- Jamaica Gleaner / Jamaica Observer