The lanky singer began his tight 40-minute set close to midnight. In between, he delivered the string of hit songs he has become known for, starting with Serious Times and climaxing his performance with his 2010 runaway hit, Hold You.
The artiste — who had quite a sensational international run last year, copping international awards including the Soul Train and the UK-based MOBO awards for reggae — was his usual smooth self on stage in New Kingston, punctuating his performance with live banter and his trademark Eartha Kitt-esque growl, which seemed to have an effect of his predominantly female audience.
The hits kept flowing. These included his ode to mothers Mama, the melodious Beautiful Lady, I Can Feel Your Pain, Nah Let Go, and the sultry Wine Slow.
During his performance of Wine Slow, one female patron could not control the impulse to step forward and demonstrate exactly what Gyptian was singing about. She 'bubbled' and 'wined', catching the singer's attention causing him to remark mid-song: "How you good suh?"
The performance came to somewhat of an abrupt end as a sudden downpour sent patrons scampering for cover. Gyptian, however, managed to deliver a two-song brawta during the early-morning shower which would put a cap on another performance at Studio 38.
— Richard Johnson