Machel, Kees, Mavado Bring Caribbean Heat to OVO Fest.

1 Aug


Toronto was awaken and shaken up with Caribbean energy on Saturday, as the annual Caribana festival climaxed with revelers hitting the streets all day long, and later, the OVO Festival at Eco Beach presenting a slate of Caribbean music makers that certainly held their own.

Macchel Montano in thrill mode.

Chart topping international rapper, Drake delivered the caribbean flavor at the event that his record label has had running for seven years and counting, presenting caribbean soca lovers with their king, Machel Montano. The soca heavyweight who’s been making headlines in recent days with the launch of Bazodee- a film he stars in, in addition to a recent prime time interview on NYC’s Hot97FM, plus a VIBE magazine interview, is said to have revved up the vibe, something that’s pretty much the norm, later introducing Jamaican artiste, Mavado to the massive crowd who’d come out to experience the festival.

Angela Hunte performs at Ovo Fest

Also on the cast at OVO were Angela Hunte who’s “Party Done” refrain was a hit as expected, and the 2016 Soca Monarch King of Trinidad and Tobago, Voice. Former Groovy Soca King, Olatunji Yearwood was also there as was Jamaica’s Sean Paul. Sunrise saw and felt the sensational energy of Kees Dieffenthaller, who, in an Instagram post surprised fans with his appearance at the mammoth event. He even hashtagged the word #surprise, making it known that he’d practically kept this one a secret all along.

Dancehall hit maker of 26 years, Beenie Man was carded to appear as one of the show’s featured acts, however he was not granted a Canadian Visa and subsequently disclosed that he was down and out with the Zika virus.

In other parts of Toronto, Trinidad and Tobago soca stars made their presence felt. Shurwayne Winchester, KI, Ronnie McIntosh, Jahmoun, Bass, Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin were all in the city, living up to all expectations, delivering fun and caribbean joy to carnival lovers in TDot.

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