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Praise flooded social media before he even left the stage. In what many fans and entertainment critics are calling his best showing yet, dancehall artiste Assassin left tens of thousands of patrons in lyrical ecstasy on Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest.
For many, it was evident that a more mature and seasoned artiste was on stage, in complete command of his delivery and his performance. For Assassin, the artiste says he couldn’t think of a better stage to show his growth. “I have grown a lot. My experiences over the last year especially have really allowed me to appreciate myself as an artiste more and that confidence connected me even more to the crowd. When I hit the Sumfest stage the energy was instantaneous. The vibe from the crowd was insane, I couldn’t have picked a better stage,” he said. Assassin took patrons on an electrifying ride through an impressive sample of his hit singles, barely enough to dent a catalogue that now includes a feature on Kanye West’s I’m In It. Singles like Talk How Mi Feel, Don’t Mek Wi Hol’ Yuh, Good Ova Evil and Nah Sell Out were well received. By the time Assassin, who also goes by Agent Sasco, got to tracks like Hand To Mouth, Nutten At All and Almighty Protect the crowd was already singing word for word. Reggae Sumfest patrons got a second chance to see Assassin perform, as he took the stage on International Night II alongside Damian Marley, Wayne Marshall and Aidonia to perform their collaboration Go Hard. “Sumfest is always a good experience for me and this year it was even better. Knowing that my fans were truly entertained and that I gained the respect of many more. There is more to come, and it will show both through my writing and production” Assassin said. Writing songs for top flight dancehall acts from as far back as his high school days, music was always Assassin’s destiny. His nickname, gleaned at Camperdown High School, proved fitting when his breakthrough single Ruffest appeared on the Diwali Riddim. His 2005 album, Infiltration, on the VP Records label carved out an indelible space in the dancehall kaleidoscope for the artiste and he cemented this with the release of his sophomore album, Gully Sit’n in 2008. A slew of chart successes are to be found in the impressive catalogue of music Assassin has given us since he started recording professionally, with clear signs that more are on the way.
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