Typically when watching a Bounty Killer performance, you can expect lots of energy, ferocity and a few rants here and there and patrons at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records got just that at Tuesday night’s Behind The Screen series in Kingston.
The self-professed ‘War Lord’ was in a militant mood at Constant Spring’s Marketplace, taking aim at homosexuals, politicians and even the sound engineers. After being introduced to the stage by fellow Dancehall legend, Shaggy and Trinidadian soca star, Machel Montano, Bounty wasted no time in re-acquainting fans with his classics such as Sufferer, Cellular Phone and Rivers of Babylon.
But just as his set was getting warmed up, technical difficulties cooled the performance momentum as his microphone and monitors on stage weren’t working properly. Though Bounty continued to perform, the technical glitches persisted and the Alliance leader walked off in a rage.
After cries from his eager fans, Bounty returned, performing more hits such as Bulletproof Skin, Can’t Believe Mi Eyes and Eagle and Hawk as he lashed out against homosexuals, child molesters and politicians. But when his microphone went dead mere moments after delving into this part of his storied catalogue, Bounty let Behind The Screen organizers have it.
“Mi love Usain Bolt but a di last time mi a perform ya so. Mi come in here come see people perform problem free. Now a my time and look wat a happen. Uno don’t know say uno must not aggravate a cross and angry man,” he said during an expletive-laden tirade.
However, Bounty apologized to organizers and patrons for his outburst and began singing for the female portion of his audience, with songs like Say You Leaving and It’s OK.
He was later accompanied by Dancehall/Reggae star, I-Octane as they performed their hit collaboration, Badmind Dem A Pree before exiting the stage.
Having had performers such as Konshens, Sizzla and Romain Virgo electrify the Behind The Screen stage before, this was arguably one of the most entertaining and controversial nights in the popular series as Bounty once again showed why he is one of Jamaican music’s top performers.