Great show at Redbones

Sunday, April 05, 2015

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IT was a night of novel entertainment last Thursday at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew, scene of the Freedom Sounds concert.

Co-produced by trombonist Nambo Robinson and IDREN Workshop, it provided acts -- some of whom are new and strikingly different -- with valuable exposure.

After an alluring mento medley of Sly Mongoose, Dawg War a Mathews Lane and Matti Walk a Mile-and-a-Half [to name a few] by the Robinson-led band, it was time for Nadia Harris McAnuff to show her unique style and sound for the first time in Jamaica.

The Florida-born daughter of roots singer Winston McAnuff, she gave a heart-warming performance with her original songs, She Really Like, If Love and I n I.

Singer Errol Bean, whose song Leave The Children, addresses the recent spate of violence against children in Jamaica, did a pleasing stint.

He performed The Wheels of Hope, Out of Africa, My Spirit is Rising, Free and As a Man Think before closing with Leave The Children.

The most striking of
the performers was
Desmond Young, long-standing president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians, who returned to the stage for the first time in over 20 years.

Once known as Desi Roots, Young was once resident vocalist with the Caribs Band at Jonkunoo Lounge at the Sheraton Hotel. He excited the well-attended event with Changing, Black Justice, Warning, Fade Away and Weed Field.

The band, Earth Cry with lead singer Aldine Haughton, put the lid on proceedings with Strong Strong, Why Why, I Know, Listen to What I Say, Stop That Train and We Leaving Soon.

Robinson hopes more seasoned musicians will participate in the series.

"The aim is to continue the tradition in an unselfish way, to reach out and teach the youths and at the same time expose people who are almost forgotten," he said. "We want to get more elders involved. As wi say, 'from roots to fruits'."

-- Basil Walters

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