After waiting more than two years, St Marteen party lovers and music fan finally got a chance to see dancehall artiste Macka Diamond rock the stage in what will go down in the money goddess’ career as one of her most energetic performances in the Caribbean.
Rocking the more than 500-stong crowd that squeezed into the 300-person capacity Secret Nite Club in the Dutch colony with her timeless hits and modern day chart toppers alike, she gave patrons an appearance they will not soon forget.
“The last time I was in St Marteen it was mad. I was on a show with Allison Hinds, and it was crazy!” Macka Diamond explained. “So I knew that I had to match that performance, cause the St Marteen massive love dancehall and dem love dancehall energy,” she said.
With a 60-minute set prepared, Macka Diamond, dressed in red and black, started to unravel a dancehall experience like St Marteen never had before.
Going way back in the archives for her first chart topping tune, Done Already, the ladies in the audience showed their love for Macka Diamond with screams, and chanted along with her as she spit the lyrics for the single. The love continued as she performed Tek Con, Lexxus and Benz, Chase Money, and Nuh Fren Mate.
The crowd grew even more excited when the beat of the remix of soca anthem Wukkin Up, she recorded with Patrice Roberts last year, started to play.
“Big up Patrice Roberts,” she said as she introduced the remix which sent her to the top of the soca world, and caused the well-entertained crowd to get into “wukkin” mode. From there, she hopped on the Hula Hoop train and that sent the club into greater frenzy, which remained constant through four more singles.
The voice of songwriter-turned-artiste Unicorn boomed from the club’s sound system and Macka Diamond introduced the track Think Bout Mi… but she had no need to, as St Marteen proved that they knew the song word-for-word.
The dancehall artiste-cum-author ended her set with the ‘female anthem’, Bun Him, where she called volunteers on stage to sing the tune for her.
“I don’t want to be Macka Diamond tonight. I want someone to come up here, and perform Bun Him, and mek me go in the crowd and enjoy myself,” she said, to which fans responded emphatically, and tried their hand at performing the song that still rocks crowds all over the world.
But the crowd would not leave until Macka Diamond herself performed the tune, and that she did, and ended her set as she deejayed the last chords of Bun Him, leaving St Marteen more than satisfied.