Attracting fans from around the world on October 14 in Canada, the competition at World Clash 2017 was so intense that a sudden-death face-off (of one song each) was required following a close round to determine which sound would go.
United Kingdom Rumble champs Platinum Cartel, Canada Rumble champs King Attarney, Euro Rumble champs Northern Lights (Italy), Japan Rumble champs Fujiyama, United States Rumble champs Platinum Kids and the Caribbean wild card Poison Dart from Antigua tried in vain to dethrone King Turbo.
Platinum Cartel and King Attarney had notable selections in early rounds, but they couldn’t quite keep up with their competitors, resulting in early elimination from the clash.
Platinum Kids kicked off World Clash 2017 and set a high standard and pace for the clash, with consistency, tight speeches and wicked dubs.
Although Poison Dart were the underdogs, they came to the stage armed and dangerous, slinging big tunes and speeches.
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One of the night’s best-kept secrets, Northern Lights, left an indelible mark. Fyah Ed, Northern Lights’ MC, had the most hard-hitting speeches of the night, backed by numerous ‘bless’ tunes that landed plenty of ‘forwards’.
Their performance kicked off with a sizzlin’ Romain Virgo dub. Even extra appealing with the sound was their female mixer Michele, who has undoubtedly mastered her craft.
Despite following a powerhouse sound like Northern Lights, Fujiyama ‘buss’ the dance time and time again.
They amassed many forwards, with a red-hot Popcaan dub on the ‘Buzz’ Rhythm reigning as one of the crowd favourites.
A sudden-death face-off between Northern Lights, Platinum Kids and Poison Dart saw the Antiguan sound’s elimination.
With four sounds remaining in the fourth round, an electrifying musical war ensued, causing King Turbo, Fujiyama, Platinum Kids and Northern Lights to go even harder.
King Turbo thrilled the audience with classic hip hop dubplates, which are some of their sound’s biggest anthems.
With Ricky Turbo stepping high, it seemed that the Canadian sound champions tasted victory way before the ‘tune-fi-tune’ segment.
Despite hard work and respectable rounds, Fujiyama and Platinum Kids were eliminated.
Before a massive and hyped crowd, a very memorable ‘tune-fi-tune’ segment erupted, resulting in King Turbo and Northern Lights fighting for the coveted World Clash trophy.
Though it was close, King Turbo, who were determined to keep the trophy in Canada, held on for the win, dropping their final winning selection, the most befitting Burial by Andrew Tosh.