Sunfest 2016: Salt N Pepa

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Hip-Hop duo Salt N Pepa flanked by male dancers

 

This group from Queens, NY, first hit the charts a few years after the birth of hip-hop. So it was only fitting that early in their Sunfest performance, Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton would lead the crowd in “ol’ school” chants from rap classics such as “Rappers’ Delight.”

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Backing the two vocalists was their longtime DJ Spinderella, and contributing to the upbeat atmosphere was the presence of two muscular and energetic male dancers, doing routines by themselves and also with Salt ‘n’ Pepa. Some of these dance routines took place on the catwalk jutting out into the audience, enabling the fans to get a good look at the group’s dance moves.

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Overall, the vibe was very fun, with all three women smiling a lot, and Salt ’n’ Pepa chatting extensively with the audience.

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Overlapping sets dragged us away from this show, but those who stayed were treated to such hits as “Whatta Man”, “Shoop” and their signature tune “Push It.” Of  all the shows in what was a very good year for Sunfest, this was the performance I wish I could have watched till the end.