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Noreaga Concert Electrifies Island Fans

Date Posted: 1999-12-03

Hundreds of young guys in baggie jeans and lasses in high-heeled shoes gathered at Okinawa Legion Club on November 21st, for the smash-hit maker, Noreaga’s concert. That Okinawa Sunday performance was the last lap of the New-York-Meets-Dirty-South Japan Tour organized and promoted by Positive Production, a group which has been successfully bringing big-name artists since 1992. Young Noreaga fans formed a long queue from the entryway of the hall right into to the parking lots by 7:00pm so as to get good space for the concert. The usually nice-and -quiet

dining spot, often filled with romantic air, was so different that evening. Although the crowd was well behaved outside even after waiting for almost an hour, spectators rushed to the stage to get the best spots as soon as doors opened. Inside the hall, the mixed tunes by DJ Hi-Five bade Welcome and warmed up the ready-to-party crowd.

The show began with an opening act by new teenage singers called Essence. After the female trio performed three songs, the Eightball and M.J.G. duo appeared on the stage.

“Dirty… Dirty… Dirty… Dirty... “ These deep chants from behind the curtain aroused the crowd. When the curtains were raised and the “Dirty-South” troupe appeared in front of the Okinawa audience, the night rave began.

With their heavy beats and sharp lyrics, the performers were strolling around the stage and heating up the audience through the call-and-response chants. After having raised temperatures with their hit tracks, the dirty-south boys evacuated the stage and the men of the night appeared on the stage.

Finally, Noreaga and his partner Al Capone, who, it had been announced, could not make it this time, showed up and took over the night. Some technical difficulties occurred at the beginning of the Noreaga show. Yet, with Capone's quick rhyme coverage, a disaster was fast avoided.

According to the engineer of Okinawa Sunset Studios, the technical glitches were a result of a default in generators at the site of the concert. In spite of that, the audience was all glued onto their star from the beginning to the end of his feat

“What’s up, Okinawa?” The performer called out to the hyperactive crowd as he wandered on stage, reaching out for the waves of fans’ hands from time to time. The rappers moved elegantly around the stage, while performing Noreaga's hit tracks from his 1st and 2nd albums.

At one moment, Capone shouted out to the fans “I need the sound of a helicopter!” To this the audience responded with a thunderous “Hurrah!” The entire hall was filled with the familiar beats. Needless to say, the crowd began to shout “What? What! What…” along with the Noreaga crew. The whole crowd rocked to the beats and the show reached its explosive climax. With the throbbing beats still in fans’ ears, Noreaga and his folks then left the stage.

However, judging from audience count, the concert probably was not the best Positive Production event. Nevertheless, the promoters surely achieved their principal goal with the concert; which was, “Give people the positive vibes" by offering a good show to both Japanese and American island dwellers.

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