MONTEGO BAY, St James - THE scores of guests at the Havana Club in the resort city of Montego Bay who turned out last Saturday for the inaugural staging of 'MoBay Eclectic', billed as a melange of live performances, spoken word, Dubstep and contemporary music vibes, were definitely not disappointed.
The feel-good effect that was the prevailing theme for the night started with sponsors Decadent Catering Services serving up sumptuous hors d'oeuvres and My Tidbits providing irresistible pastries and snacks that tantalised and teased even the most ardent dieters.
Eddie Hauswirth and Friends kick-started the live performances and had persons lost in the mellow sounds of the band, which delivered smooth jazz and contemporary music.
Spoken word group Colliq was up next and gave a short thought -provoking set with poems on topics ranging from love, social commentary and motivational pieces.
Up-and-coming artiste Lusion was a surprising delight with his truly signature voice. His set of original material was well received and could truly be regarded as being among the crop of young, talented artiste from western Jamaica and one to watch for in the future.
Immediately after his introduction to the stage by emcee Jackie Norman, former studio engineer Edyjunyah had his creative dubstep beats drawing persons closer to the stage to get a glimpse of the maestro at work. He upped the tempo by skilfully blending his beats with popular songs by Rihanna and Drake, which proved to be a hit, especially with the youngsters in the audience.
The final act for the night was Lij Tafari and the Freeflow Express which took patrons on a musical journey with selections from his mixtape Earcraft -- each of the selections eliciting wild cheers from the crowd. Buoyed by the reaction from the audience Lij Tafari took the opportunity to delve deeper into his catalogue and even earned himself an encore request.
The event was the brainchild of Camille Royes, who told the Observer West that she has already started to plan the second staging of the event, which she hopes will be held on a monthly basis.
"The main purpose of the event is to expose talented emerging artistes and to add quality, depth and diversity to the local entertainment scene," she added.