Technical difficulties mar Hennessy Artistry

The perfect blend was not so perfect last night at the 2016 Hennessy Artistry show held at Kensington Oval.

An unexpected ingredient – technical difficulties – affected the performance of the talented entertainers throughout the night.

This resulted in delays from start to finish. At times performers had to appeal for more volume on their microphones, among other things.


The thousands who turned out to see international singer Lauryn Hill, and regional artistes Tarrus Riley, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man were left somewhat dissatisfied when the plug was pulled at 3:30 a.m., thirty minutes after the scheduled end.

The painful delays were somewhat forgotten only for a short while, as fans received a special treat.

Long time rivals Beenie Man and Bounty Killer performed on stage for about ten minutes much to the delight of their fans.

Bounty Killa


Beenie Man

The night belonged to the featured artistes who were professional, despite the difficulties. They pulled out all the stops to put on a good show for the thousands who turned out.

However, some patrons who didn’t care too much for the delays left at intervals during the show.

Lauryn Hill, who was the first act on after the opening artistes, graced the stage at 1:30 a.m., quite abruptly.

Lauryn Hill

There was no introduction and she caught many of her fans off guard when she began singing. Scores had to rush to remaining vantage points to see the American singer.

Her set, obviously cut short, was probably the reason many of her more popular songs were left out. Fans were however pleased with what she offered based on their shouts and screams. It was clear her performance was a hit.

Bounty Killer fans were left a bit disappointed, despite his performance with Beenie Man.  He was only able to fit five songs at most into his set before Beenie Man joined him.

Beenie Man closed off the show and used his songs to address the questions being raised by everyone regarding the collaboration, the delays and more.

He vented his frustration saying that he had prepared a set for one hour and forty-five minutes to wish Barbados a Happy 50th Independence but would not be able to do so. He apologized to his fans and told them everything was beyond his control.

Beenie Man

The seasoned artiste then went into his hit song I’m Okay where he included many free style verses, one of which targeted the promoters for the mishaps during the show.

He then wished the audience a happy Independence and a good night and promptly left the stage.

For the Tarrus Riley fans who have seen him time and time again, the performance was not one of his most spectacular, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Following the show, one of the Directors of FAS7STAR Allison Hunte told Barbados TODAY the delays were unexpected and not often associated with the FAS7STAR family, but they made the best of the situation.

“The late start was not normal for us, so it just pushed back everything and then we had a strict deadline that we had to adhere to. Beenie and Bounty did the collaboration, which has never been seen before. So it was just history in the making because they worked with us to get that done. Lauryn Hill had a late start as well. Everyone’s set had to be cut short because of the late start. I’m not sure why the overall show started late because I was not here at the property,” she explained.

The artistry weekend will conclude tonight with the new addition, Hennessy on the Beach, featuring dancehall artiste Aidonia.

Please see this Wednesday’s edition of Bajan Vibes for a full review of both shows.




26 Responses to Technical difficulties mar Hennessy Artistry

  1. Antoinette December 4, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Lauryn hill’s performance was no where close to a hit and her band sucked.
    Taurus riley performance was ok could have been better but it was better than lauryn hill’s.

  2. Honey Greenidge
    Honey Greenidge December 4, 2016 at 2:42 pm


  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner December 4, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Damm amateurs come on Lauryn Hill past her best washup.

  4. Minimusclecat Howard
    Minimusclecat Howard December 4, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    This happened every year that is why I don’t give them my money.the sound systems always be a problem

  5. Kerrie Sivers
    Kerrie Sivers December 4, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Last year with Keyshia Cole was the same thing

  6. Alicia Roach
    Alicia Roach December 4, 2016 at 3:49 pm


  7. Alicia Roach
    Alicia Roach December 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Bounty killer was the best

  8. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm


  9. John Digger Bryant
    John Digger Bryant December 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    and u believe goverment give a free concert and had no problems

    • Ena Odderson
      Ena Odderson December 4, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      Not true. Had some issues too.

    • Anson Sobers
      Anson Sobers December 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      I guess u were not at the show to see the issues lots of issues they had!!!! Some performers were not even introduced and some even had their pieces cut

    • John Digger Bryant
      John Digger Bryant December 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      i watch it on T.V,and nobody can’t say they want a refund

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray December 4, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      John Digger Bryant, where were the free concert? with my tax dollars you you all call it free. Free for the PM and the MPs and their yard fowls.

  10. John Wick
    John Wick December 4, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    And i believe the drunk man when he tell me he see a cow jump over a car

  11. Ivy-Anne Duke
    Ivy-Anne Duke December 4, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    i reading this review though but from some of the things i see here and the general things, de body that write this aint went to this show. riley was the first main act though not hill. this devendra person aint went to this show.

    • Lilpatrick Bourne
      Lilpatrick Bourne December 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Agree 100%…..

    • Rashida Clarke
      Rashida Clarke December 5, 2016 at 1:00 am

      What about the representative for the show who basically cannot pinpoint why there were technical difficulties and then ended with “was not on the property”…then why interview her

  12. Ashanti Padilla
    Ashanti Padilla December 4, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    If you call Lauryn Hill doped up and refusing to come out of her dressing room a “technical difficulty” then sure. That’s the reason for the delays.

    • Alisa Cox-West
      Alisa Cox-West December 4, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Doped up?! Is there proof of this dope? Did you engage in “dope activities”?! Or is this simply an accusation?!

    • Kim Kearney
      Kim Kearney December 5, 2016 at 3:52 am

      Simply an accusation….her performance was the better out de whole show even with the technical difficulties..

  13. FG December 4, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    We passef this stage long time ago – 90s

  14. Elli Smith
    Elli Smith December 4, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Rhonda Jordan Smith

  15. Imok December 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Clearly you are sugarcoating a mess….
    Artistry will not get my money again…
    Ms Hill was NOT impressive…she was not introduced…neither did she stop in her set to acknowledge the audience expect to say..lets get this going… she fast rushed the songs and sounded like a rumbling weed of words…
    The best acts were Beenie and Bounty… but it was so short you felt cheated of your money… REFUND

  16. Quality Sound Inc.
    Quality Sound Inc. December 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    To correct some social media posts concerning the sound at the 50th Anniversary Mega Concert and Hennessy Artistry. Quality Sound Inc. (QSI) was NOT responsible for the sound nor did we provide the sound system for any of these events.


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