Reggae Sumfest headliner Trey Songz warmed up for his July 21 performance with a strong, sexy showing at the three-day Essence Music Festival in New Orleans at the weekend. Songz, who joined fellow R&B stars Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on the bill, left the crowd fully satiated (according to reviewers and word-of-mouth), which augurs well for his upcoming stint on Jamaican soil because we Jamaicans are a seriously demanding crowd. Like any smart consumer, we want our money’s worth. Here’s how USA Today’s Jerry Shriver summed up Trey’s gig at Essence:
“The 27-year-old is cool, confident and not overtly crude, even when he's tearing into sweaty anthems that celebrate oral sex (the new “Dive In”), loud romps in the sack (“Neighbours Know My Name” and “Bottoms Up”), living large (“Say Aah”) and, of course, love (“Sex Ain't Better Than Love”). He spent many minutes toward the end pointing out and complimenting specific women in the front, far in the back and way up high in the Superdome, building a strong personal connection despite the vastness of the space. And he's sly: “Don't point your girl out to me, dawg,” he chided a man in the crowd.
Is Angelique Sabrina the next Rihanna?
Who is Angelique Sabrina? Well, depending on who you ask, the budding Bahamian pop star is the next RiRi. Signed to White Ocean Entertainment and currently promoting her radio-ready dance single “Pull Up,” the 14-year-old is also scheduled to hit the stage at Reggae Sumfest on International Night I.