Chris Gayle's Triple Century Live

RJR Kingston Music week


Last Thursday's dozens of patrons turned out at Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston Female dancehall artiste to see the performances of reggae/dancehall artiste Tifa and Romain Virgo. The event dubbed Triple Century Live event was apart of the RJR Kingston Music week that aims to provide live music with band performances to patrons in a more intimate and personal setting.

As expected, Romain Virgo delivered a tantalizing and soulful set and has the audience hanging on to his every word. The ladies screamed uncontrollably an the men watched with envy as the youngster belted out well rehearsed lyrics to songs like Love Doctor, Michael Bolton's Soul Provider, Rain is Falling and Taking You Home.

Before Virgo's captivating performance female dancehall act Tifa had her fans rocking to songs such as Matey Wine, Move You Body, Spell it Out and Mi Man a wife mi up.

"Tonight, I am going to do things a bit differently," she said. Showing off her singing skills, Tifa, much to the delight of those present churned out the renditions to Gloria Gaynor's I will survive and Bitty McLean's Walk away from Love.

Triple Century's proprietor/West Indies cricketer was seemingly pleased with the night's activities saying that the event had lived up to expectations.

Triple Century Sports barlocated on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston. The location was previously home to the Godfather and Asylum clubs. It is just around the corner from Cuddyz Sports Bar owned by another cricketing icon, Courtney Walsh.

Christened Leroy Russul, Tommy Lee Sparta hails from the city of Montego Bay in St James Jamaica. The entertainer began honing his skill whilst being a student at Anchovy High school where he would partake in the school's concerts. After much encouragement from his community's people Lee gained motivation and decided to pursue career dancehall music in 2008.

Shortly after Lee recorded his first single at Spartan Story at Snipa Studios in Flankers, St James. His performances soon caught the eyes and ears of Vybz Kartel and soon after he became a part of Kartel's Label Aidjahiem Records. Under Kartel's guidance he released singles like Holding Out the Pressure, Gypsy and Money Make Friends. His first major performance was at Reggae Sumfest 2011 alongside headliner, Vybz Kartel and other Gaza members.

Tommy Lee Sparta broke out on his own at popular Reggae festival Sting; this was his first major solo performance. In 2012 his prominence in mainstream dancehall raised as he gained his first number one record in the island. The hit song, Some Bwoy (link Pon Chain) climbed up to the top of the charts, making him the most anticipated new act for Reggae Sumfest 2012. He solidified himself as the break out act of the year leaving Sumfest with one of the best performances of the event. He made another mark with, Psycho shooting straight to the top of the charts.

Known for his gothic look, which comprises of numerous tattoos and fiery contact lenses, Lee stands as one of dancehall's most controversial entertainers. Many criticize his 'Uncle Demon' slang saying that he was a devil worshipper. In November of this year, the 26-year-old had a near death experience when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Montego Bay. The singjay and his girlfriend was attending his birthday party in the second city. He suffered numerous injuries including a broken thigh. Although still nursing his injuries, Lee said he and his Spartan Army would still be performing at this year’s staging of Reggae Sting.

"I'll be up and running, even if its in a wheelchair. Me a come cramp up the place wicked, you seet," he told his fans.