Casa Bacardi presented by BACARDÍ certainly brought people, music and culture together on a Sunday evening. The venue was buzzing with good vibes and non-stop hits spun by Hipsters Don’t Dance. As we waited for Konshens to perform, the host of the evening Serocee kept the energy going. We all raised our brightly lit BACARDÍ cups in the air, as we heard our favourite tunes get reloaded.
Alicai Harley took to the stage in her fierce sparkly bodysuit, as a supporting act of the show. The London-based artist, originally born in Kingston, Jamaica dropped us a few of her Dancehall singles.
She set the scene with her own cover to the well-known tune “Walking Trophy”. Harley caught our attention with her catchy single “Killa”, as she controlled the crowd with her amazing stage presence. Throughout her performance she kept the crowd entertained with her moves, before she left the stage she asked if she could slow it down. She went onto performed her single “Gold”, which was also received well from the crowd and left the stage in good spirits.
Before we knew it, Koshens jumped on the stage and got the crowd going with the well-known “Genna Bounce Riddim”. Koshens had no issues embracing the UK culture, he had asked HDD to drop some UK tunes mashed up with his popular tunes. The demographic of the crowd was wide, as the artist begun to ask different countries within the Caribbean to make noise, including Africa as a continent. Although Konshens identifies as a Dancehall artist, he acknowledged his environment and did not limit his song choices to Dancehall. This evidently worked, as the crowd kept the energy going throughout the performance. Back-to-back HDD kept the records coming in, as the crowd raised their cups and phones in celebration. Konshens repeatedly let the crowd know he was here to throw a party, and asked all those that were tired to find themselves at the nearest exit.
The crowd got nostalgic as “Everyone falls in love” by Tanto Metro dropped. HDD continued to play old school tunes, as Koshens controlled the crowd with his contagious energy. The motto of the event Do What Moves You was prominent throughout the event, as everyone danced with no care in the world enjoying the blended beats of Dancehall, UK Grime and Soca.