Cosmic vibes at Hope Zoo

By Kevin Jackson
Observer writer

Monday, March 19, 2018

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Serengetti Bistro at Hope Zoo in St Andrew was transformed into a musical kaleidoscope last Saturday night for the sixth staging of Cosmic Rotation, promoted by electronic reggae band Skygrass.

Although off to a late start, the event attracted a sizeable crowd and saw performances from Brady O'Connor, Mystic Davis, Minori, Eye of The Brainstorm, Dub FX, Skygrass, Bugle and Serani.

It was the second in the series this year, and according to Skygrass lead singer and rhythm guitarist Simon Bowden, there are plans for multiple concerts.

“We love what we do, and we continue to grow and expand to benefit everyone. There are four more (shows) to be held this year,” he said. “The long-term vision is to add this to the amount of festivals here in Jamaica. We just want to keep this going to showcase more people to participate. The talent is there to offer what people want to hear and enjoy,” he said.

Bowden added that there are plans to take Cosmic Rotation outside of Kingston and St Andrew, and possibly overseas.

Singer Brady O'Connor got proceedings off to a good start with an acoustic performance. She was later joined by guitarist Wayne McGregor for a tasty duet.

Newcomer Minori is a star in the making. Her powerful, searing vocals echoed across the venue, complemented by a commanding stage presence.

The five-member group Eye of The Brainstorm had heads bobbing and bodies rocking with their selections, a mix of jazz and hip hop.

“We're bringing the 'jazzical' music in what we do. We like to mix and match genres because there's so many influences, and we like to represent that in the music,” shared group member Tobi.

Dub FX, which comprises Australians Benjamin Stanford and Sahida Sarah, also had fans in a frenzy.

“The reception was really good. It's a totally different experience performing in Jamaica than anywhere else,” said Stanford, who is visiting Jamaica for the first time.

After a brief band change, Skygrass took the stage and upped the ante with songs including Immortal Steppa and Pass the Kush.

Bugle brought the dancehall flavour, rocking the house with Rasta Party, Blame Life and Rise Again.

“I am all for live music, so when the promoter called me, it was something I couldn't say no to,” the singjay told the Jamaica Observer. “It's just an energy that you enjoy with good friends, and it's a great event.”

Other performers included Serani, dancer-turned-recording artiste Mystic Davis and her sister, DJ Nadz.

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