Paul heats up with high-energy dancehall

Paul heats up with high-energy dancehall

A patois “spitting,” corn-rowed singer waved a cane and towel as he sailed the Good Ship Popular Music through high temperature waters of Jamaican dancehall Saturday at the Eagles Ballroom. Festooned in a green camouflage with glittering gold coat of arms, platinum medallion bouncing, Sean Paul convincingly answered detractors while – in his first Milwaukee gig – putting on perhaps the most explosive local concert of 2006.

Forgive the hyperbole. Dancehall is high energy, gets people moving, and despite its convergence with hip-hop (perhaps we should say “hip-pop”), has no reference point but itself. Though as old as rap, dancehall has only recently come into its own, steered in large part by this Uptown Kingston product (full name Sean Paul Henriques), who scored a Grammy and sold 8.5 million copies of his albums: 2000′s “Stage One,” 2002′s monstrous “Dutty Rock” and last year’s “The Trinity.”

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