Recording artiste Yaksta treated fans to a free concert at Festival Market Place in Downtown, Kingston, which served as the official launch event for his “Yaksta 22” album. Yesterday’s show featured performances from some of the top dancehall acts, including Chronic Law, Laa Lee, 10Tik, and Beenie Man.
Yaksta took the stage dressed in a green suit and performed several songs from his catalogue, including “Hype and Bruk.” At one point, the “Ambition” singer/songwriter paused his performance to express his appreciation to those in attendance, calling out Turbulence and Shane-O, among others.
He also expressed his love for his mother, who was at the forefront of the audience and beckoned her forward. Yaksta planted a kiss on her, igniting cheers from the crowd, and as he went into singing “Assets,” his mother joined him on stage and danced with him.
Watch Yaksta’s performance below:
The audience came alive again with a performance from the Law Boss himself, Chronic Law, who ran through some of his popular songs such as “Bless Me,” “Empty,” “Hillside,” “Legend,” and “Government.”
Watch Chronic Law’s performance below:
Beenie Man took to the stage with his “Wickedest Slam” song before moving on to “Old Dog,” “Nuff Gal,” “oh na na na,” and “Gurls Dem Sugar.” Although he could not give an active show because of his damaged leg, Beenie Man engaged the audience and busted a few moves.
Watch Beenie Man’s performance below:
Yaksta has spent the last year working on “Yaksta 22,” an 18-track album. The musician started off with 444 tracks for the album but ultimately cut it down to 18 songs.
When speaking about the album with the Jamaica Star, Yaksta said, “I decided to call the album, Yaksta 22, because 22 in numerology is a soul number. It is perceived as the most powerful and creative number of all.”
Rygin King, Demarco, and Chronic Law are just a few of the notable collaborators on the entertainer’s album, according to The Jamaica Gleaner. There is also a collaboration with singjay Shaneil Muir that Yaksta said will “potentially” be on the tracklist.