Collie and Dawgy unleashed at Mango Tree

Reggae and dancehall star Collie Buddz and soca warrior Dawgy Slaughter were the main draws at the packed out Total Togetherness concert, last Friday.

The five hour show at the Mango Tree kicked off the East End Surf Challenge long weekend. The concert also featured a line-up of DJ crews namely: Eternal Vibes, Renaissance Disco and Renegade Disco.

MC for the night Docta kept the mood high with his witty banter between sets. With a larger than life personality, he relished his other job as official ringmaster of mayhem: pulling up eager audience members to whine on stage much to the crowd’s amusement and delight.

The selectas kept the crowd groovin’ to a tricked out mix of mainly soca, reggae and hip hop tunes before handing over to soca star Slaughter. Renegade, in particular, was considered by several crowd members to be DJ of the night.

Hyped up and ready to give the audience what it wanted, Slaughter bounded onto the stage and belting out several of his biggest hits. His greatest applause came for his monster hit ‘Spread the Love.’

Though not a standout performance, he nevertheless exited stage right with applause ringing in his ear.

Next up was Bermudian bad boy Collie Buddz. Riding high on the phenomenal success of his eponymously titled debut album of last year, the white reggae singer showed off his credentials.

Singing in his trademark deep patois, he connected with the crowd singing most of his 2007 cuts including: ‘Mamacita,’ ‘Blind to You’, ‘Tomorrow’s Another Day’ and of course ‘Come Around.’

He gave a rock solid performance and clearly showed his growing star power.

Prowling back and forth, the sneaker-clad singer held the audience in the palm of his hands. Radiating rough edged appeal in his street-style baggy jeans, tee, combat jacket and aviator shades, his swagger was fully backed up by great delivery and strong lyrics. Definitely a singer to continue watching closely in the future

The concert finished at around 2am and was rounded off by a short set by Dawgy Slaughter and Excaliber.