Frontline, Topline…and Now We Have a Drink!!

Traffic blocking vibes that created the need for legislation such as the Noise Abatement Act (1996) is what I recall of Frontline, that infectious, much enjoyed event on Red Hills Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Those were the days bike riders, big batty dancers, Carlene the Dancehall Queen, and DJs such as Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton and Terror Fabulous ruled the airwaves. That event later moved to Southdale Plaza in a new incarnation – Topline – after it had earned the ire of the Red Hills community. So said Marcia Davis the co-promoter of these events.

It was a most disappointing experience when I traveled to Mojito Monday’s at Southdale plaza with my colleague and friend Julian Henriques of Sonic Bodies fame. The tin pan, echo empty, dub deficient sound quality spoke discord as I tried to reconcile the lack of history and technique embodied in the event staged at Suzie’s each Monday. On second thought, disappointment does not begin to describe my response. SMH.

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