Music

LUST-ing to see Jamaica

BY MARK CUMMINGS
Editor-at-large
cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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YONKERS, New York — LUST brought the curtains down on the ninth Miss Dream Castle Pageant Saturday with a memorable performance here at Royal Regency Hotel.

The quartet — comprising Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis — shared the stage with American R&B group Force MDs at the well-attended event.

LUST opened its 30-minute set with Stay before launching into Run Free, Want You Back, You're My Inspiration and several of the group's songs, to the delight of patrons.

The quartet closed by serenading the eight contestants with a rousing rendition of Just As I Am, while presenting each with red roses.

Earlier, Force MDs gave a splendid performance. Resplendent in black and white outfits, members of the group began their set with Tender Love, then their 1987 monster hit Love is a House, followed by Tears. Their singing was complemented by slick dance moves.

Nineteen-year-old Nigerian Rofiat Abodunrin, a high school senior and aspiring model, was crowned Miss Dream Castle 2018. Her prizes include US$1,500, an all-expense- paid seven-day trip for two to Jamaica, and a US$500 gift certificate from Macy's.

Abodunrin, who said she is looking forward to her trip to Jamaica, spoke to the Jamaica Observer shortly after she was crowned by last year's winner Jasmine Charlot.

“I am very ecstatic right now and I am also very surprised that I won. Anyone of us (contestants) could have won. It's really a good feeling though, as this is the second time I am entering the pageant,” she said.

Shanice Blake, of Jamaican descent, was first runner-up. Makeisha Anthony placed third.

The pageant also raises funds for education in Jamaica.

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