On Saturday night, the atmosphere inside the Kensington Oval, Barbados, became the backdrop for another historical moment in dancehall as arch-rivals Aidonia and Masicka made peace after years of musical strife between them.
The pivotal moment unfolded backstage right after Aidonia’s electrifying performance. Exiting the stage, he encountered Masicka and his entourage, who were gearing up for their set. The two entertainers exchanged a friendly dap and brief pleasantries, marking a significant shift from their previous rivalrous dynamic.
Both Aidonia and Masicka were headliners at the much-anticipated “Summa Fest 2023,” which also featured a performance by renowned American hip-hop artist Rick Ross. Although the audience didn’t witness this reconciliation in person, social media platforms quickly lit up with discussions about this unexpected turn of events. Commendations poured in for the artists’ maturity, with some hinting that this moment had been brewing since Aidonia’s recent “Allure” performance during Jamaica’s Independence weekend.
In a potent address to the crowd during his set, Aidonia underscored the importance of unity within the dancehall community. He paid tribute to stalwarts like Bounty Killer, Sizzla Kalonji, Capleton, Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, and Ding Dong. Aidonia’s interaction with the audience took an interesting turn when he asked, “Who else mi fi big up?” The crowd’s resounding response of “Masicka!!” was met with swift acknowledgement, marking a remarkable gesture of respect and recognition towards the burgeoning star.
Aidonia and Masicka’s display of unity arrives at a pivotal moment when the reggae and dancehall industry seeks collaborations and cohesion to elevate its global standing. Their ability to put aside past disagreements with fellow artists signifies remarkable growth in their musical journey.
Adding to his recent triumphs, the “Big Red Boot” hitmaker was recently announced as a featured act for the highly anticipated “Under The Influence” concert, a summer event headlined by American R&B superstar Chris Brown. The lineup includes rising star Byron Messia from St. Kitts and Nevis, gaining recognition from his international hit “Talibans.”
Set to unfold this Sunday, August 27, at the National Stadium, the “Under The Influence” concert guarantees an extraordinary musical experience, with a lineup that includes Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston, as well as dancehall favourites Teejay and Ding Dong, promising an unforgettable evening for concertgoers.
View this post on Instagram