Spragga Benz Wows Atlanta at Two Sold Out Events This Past Weekend
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This weekend, dancehall icon, Spragga Benz, reminded the people of Atlanta why he dominated the musical charts in the nineties and why he continues to be relevant today. Benz is known for his witty song lyrics, electric stage presence and diverse musical content. And it is this combination that had his fans eagerly anticipating his performances at two sold out events in the Atlanta area this past weekend.
The first event took place on Friday March 18th at Georgia Freight Depot. The annual throwback experience entitled ‘1996’ always attracts crowds by the thousands and this year was no exception. Georgia Freight Depot was packed to capacity with over two thousand (2000) people excitedly dancing and singing along to all the best music from the nineties. As is customary with this event, every year there is something new to engage the crowd. And this Friday, patrons were in for a treat with a special guest performance by Spragga Benz. As he jumped on the stage after three in the morning, the crowd was reminded why the ‘general’ as he is affectionately called, dominated the dancehall genre. Surrounded by artistes from his production company, Red Square, Spragga belted out some of his classics like ‘Dolly House’ and ‘She Nuh Ready Yet’ that kept the crowd chanting and dancing to the music. While on stage, he encouraged everyone to look out for his new music at his second event for the weekend -Webba’s 20th anniversary celebration.
The long standing friendship between Spragga Benz and well-known Atlanta promoter, Webba Scott, has guaranteed the performer’s attendance at the event almost every year. But this year, as Selecta Webba celebrated his twentieth (20th) anniversary, patrons were looking forward to an extra special night. Spragga did not disappoint. The event held at the Grapevine Banquet Hall on Covington Highway in Lithonia was the hub to a sold out crowd who were delighted by the sounds of well-known DJ’s like SupaTwitch, Juggla, King AP, Jammy Sound Rebellion, Cartel Sound, Bad Boy Sound and Selecta Grass to name a but a few in the extensive line up .
Patrons danced along to old school and new school reggae and dancehall music, and there were even the strains of soca music before Spragga took the stage again. Whether it be the ease of being around people who knew him, loyal fans who supported him or adrenalin from simply performing, Benz delivered. Old hits, new classics and free style rhythms were all part of the menu.
Outside of the performing arena, the altruistic DJ has continued on his mission to develop the talent of younger artistes in Red Square . This year two of his protoges Askiel Red Square and Survivor Slim shared the stage with the artiste as they got the crowd familiar with their music and unique performing styles. It was definitely a weekend to remember, and two events never to forget as Atlanta counts down to the next. For more coverage of the events check out www.iamgoingto1996.com and www.dareggaescene.com.
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