Entertainment

Nexus for Rebel Salute

BY BASIL WALTERS Observer writer

Tuesday, January 15, 2013    

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NEXUS Performing Arts Company will be performing on Rebel Salute Health and Culture Expo on Saturday, January 19, at Richmond Estate in St Ann.

The two-day event is scheduled for January 18 and 19.

Hugh Douse, company's founder/director, said he was elated that group have been included in the show's line up.

"We are happy that the standard of our work has caught the attention of the pop world of music. Because it is not a regular thing for a choir like ours to make it onto the pop stage. We would like thank the organisers of Rebel Salute for allowing us to do so. It's the kind of show that we love with its family values and so on. We appreciate the organisers having us on," Douse told the Jamaica Observer.

"Nexus has performed on mainstream musical events before. We appeared on the Bob Marley 50th anniversary show, JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) Reggae Month concert and at Gregory Isaacs' funeral. But apart from those events, for most part, it was always backing other artistes. And one of the most memorable is the 2009 Jamaica Jazz and Blues when we appeared with Foreigner," recalled Douse.

Formed 12 years ago, Nexus has performed as back-up choir for Beres Hammond on his Moment In Time concert as well as for Tarrus Riley on a recent staging of Layers of Souls.

When quizzed about the repertoire for Rebel Salute, Douse said it will be a Jamaican music showcase with a mixture of genres.

"You're going to get a taste of Jamaican music; From traditional folk music to contemporary popular music," he said.

Nexus will share the stage on the second night of Rebel Salute 2013 at the Richmond Estate in St Ann, along with The Jolly Boys, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, Busy Signal, Richie Spice, Iba Mahr, I-Wayne, Raging Fyah, Chezideck, Lady G, Singing Melody, Mighty Diamonds, Tony Tuff, Pablo Moses, Abyssinians (inclusive of original lead vocalist Bernard Collins), Ernie Smith and Pluto Shervington, Prezident Brown, Sizzla, Ras Shilo and Cali P.

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