A dancehall spectacle-Verzuz ICONZ concert series a good look for the genre

Headline act, Super Cat

Dancehall legend, Super Cat was announced as the headline act but in true Verzuz fashion, Saturday night’s ICONZ concert series was a full-on dancehall spectacle featuring some of the biggest talents from the industry.

In addition to the man of the moment, the show saw performances from the likes of Dexta Daps, Teejay, Kranium, Barrington Levy, Cham and Konshens.

Dancehall artistes delivered in fine style at Verzuz ICONZ concert on the weekend

In what was arguably another hugely historic moment for the dancehall genre, the entertainers turned in scorching sets each to show that despite talks of dancehall having lost its essence and appeal, the genre is far from dead.

Held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the ICONZ series saw the Verzuz brand partnering with Triller in their third event since the merger earlier this year. The showcase got underway after a live boxing match.

Kicking things off on the Barclay’s stage was the ‘Uptop Boss himself, Teejay. Having been sighted sharing music (and laughs) with top US producer, Timbaland at the start of 2020, it perhaps came as no surprise that Teejay made it to the Verzuz ICONZ stage. The entertainer who split from Romeich Entertainment earlier this year has been looking to make a dent on the international market and that he did. Delivering a slew of hits including Owna Lane and Rags to Riches, Teejay had the entire Barclay’s stadium singing along. Like he posted on his Instagram page post performance, this is no doubt the beginning of great things for the Glendevon native.

The ICONZ concert was another historic moment for dancehall music

US-based artiste Kranium was next on stage and with an already strong fanbase in the region, the entertainer had the crowd ‘eating out of the palm of his hands’ as he delivered his hit single, Gyal Policy. His time on stage was brief but in the end he didn’t need a lot of time on stage to make an impact. His set was compact and powerful.

Then it was time for ‘Dappa Dan’ himself to grace the Barclay’s stage. Serving up hits such as Shabba Madda Pot, WiFi and Call Me If, Dexta Daps took things to a whole new level on the show. The Seaview Gardens native clad in full black, turned in an energetic set that had the audience singing along, word for word in choir-like fashion.

Konshens, Cham and veteran Barrington Levy were next on the ICONZ lineup. Each act delivering exactly what they were supposed to. Konshens proved that the new generation dancehall artiste packed serious star power while the veterans, Levy and Cham proved that the 90s-early 2000s era are still two of the most loved periods in the music’s history.

Of course, it would not be an authentic dancehall showcase if there wasn’t a soundclash. The latter was delivered when Lion Face and Kingpin of King Addies faced-off.

But then, it was time for the moment the entire Barclay’s Centre and those in the virtual land had been waiting for. It was time for the ‘Don Dada’ himself to hit the stage. Clad in a full pinstripe suit, the deejay opened his set with some blazing freestyles before getting int hits such as Nuff Man A Dead and his chart-topping single, Dem Nuh Worry We.

He filled his set with sporadic political rants, mincing no words as he expressed his dislike for former President, Donald Trump. “How come a big pu**y bwoy like you split United States innah two,” he asked. The crowd was perhaps more excited to hear him reel out hits from his catalogue than listen to him whine about Trump but it wouldn’t be a Super Cat show if he didn’t find some way to be controversial.

When he finally got back to the music, Dolly My Baby and Mud Up were among the songs delivered.

In the end, following up on Cardi B’s dancehall inspired birthday Passa Passa, the Verzuz ICONZ series was no doub another win for the culture.