Rakkazz rocks Redbones

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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KINGSTON'S Redbones Blues Café was jam-packED with high-energy entertainment from Rakkazz International Band, on Friday night.

Led by vocalist Janoy Ellis, the Manchester-based, five-year-old aggregation had the Argyle Road live music haunt bubbling with an interactive set that created a night of 'rakkazz'.

Starting with Dennis Brown's Promised Land, Ellis performed an entertaining medley of They Know, I'm Moving, New Life and a lot more. The Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts student's performance peaked when he broke down in tears serenading his mother (whom he invited on stage along with three of his siblings) with his original Mama. Having gotten over that emotional rendition, he would later serenade a female audience member with You Complete Me ahead of his executions of Revelation and Mercy Chant.

The closing set came from Basil 'Turtle' Burt. He performed Children Live What They Learn, Don't Be Greedy, Stay With Me, How Can You Say Goodbye, Press On and Why Can We Live and Love.

-- Basil Walters

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