Local artistes deliver at Jazz Fest

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter

Thursday, February 06, 2014    

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FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny - SEASONED and young Jamaican acts represented the local music genres exceptionally well during last weekend's staging of the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

If the reaction of the patrons attending the three-night festival was anything to go by, then the local music ambassadors matched their international peers.

"The Jamaican acts them were outstanding," said Rexol, a music enthusiast from Trelawny.

"But over the years it has been like this. For instance, when you look at Saturday night when you have O' Jays and Chaka Khan, Beres (Hammond) took the whole show fe himself."

He added, however, that the international artistes gave a good account of themselves.

Among the local performers who stood out were Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Chistopher Martin, Chalice, Protege and Beenie Man.

On the final night of the three-night event, the soggy underground conditions, resulting from a heavy downpour, did not dampen the performance of Hammond, the reggae maestro, who thrilled the patrons for nearly a, hour-and-a-half, reeling off hit after hit.

Selections from his vast catalogue included Putting up Resistance, No Disrespect, Step Aside Now, One Dance, She Loves Me Now, Falling in Love All Over Again, I Could Beat Myself and One Step.

Meanwhile, Queen of Reggae, veteran crooner Marcia Griffiths, who is celebrating 50 years in the music business, was in majestic form on Night One of the festival.

She performed some of the tracks that she is famous for, from the 1960s to the present.

These included: Feel Like Jumping, Stepping Outta Babylon, Dreamland, the exciting Electric Boogie and I Shall Sing.

She also teamed up with her fellow I-Threes member, Judy Mowatt, to do a medley of Bob Marley's No Woman No Cry, Buffalo Soldier, Iron Lion Zion and Could You Be Loved.

The veteran Griffith was preceded by fast-rising star Chronixx, who delivered a strong set.

Backed by his Zinc Fence band, the Rastafarian roots singer was impressive during his 45-minute set, which included Here Comes Trouble, Smile Jamaica, and Behind Curtain.

Meanwhile, Beenie Man, performing under his given name, Moses Davis, was his usual showman.

Gyal in a Bungle, Wickedest Slam, Girls Dem Sugar, Feel It Boy, Blackboard, Street Life and Dancehall Queen were some of the songs he did.

Nevertheless, international acts, the likes of Toni Braxton, veteran American R&B trio, The O'Jays, Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan, the long-haired Crystal Gayle, Najee, Chrisette Michele and Joe, also did their respective music forms proud.





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