Romain wins over WestmorelandThursday, October 03, 2019
Romain Virgo treated guests to an evening of sweet reggae music at Appleton Estate Signature Nights held at Guangos Jerk Centre in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, last Thursday. The show began at 9:00 pm.
“It was a surprise to see how many people came out, even with the state of Emergency and the threat of rain. And after the show, people didn't want to leave. So it turned out to be amazing,” said the reggae singer.
In April, a state of public emergency (SOE) was declared in the parishes of St James, Westmoreland, and Hanover due to a rise in crime. It is slated to end on October 28.
This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended. Virgo's performance was energetic, soulful, and heartfelt, so much so, he was called back on stage three times before the audience was satisfied. Even after that, they wanted more.
“It's a good feeling to see the people wanting more because we have more to give them. We originally planned for the performance to be about 45 minutes because we were keeping the state of emergency in mind. But after seeing how badly the people wanted it, I was like: 'Wow maybe, we should have rehearsed some more',” he said.
Last Thursday's gig was Virgo's third time on the series and he had nothing but praises for it.
“It's always a good vibe performing at Appleton Signature Nights. It was a true blessing... to see people calling us back on stage and enjoying every moment of it. Can't forget a vibe like that,” he said.
His set included Mi Caan Sleep, Dutty Man, and Melanin. He paid tribute to rock steady legend Alton Ellis, and reggae singer Gregory Isaacs by performing their songs It Hurts Me So and Night Nurse, respectively.
Marsha Lumley, marketing director at J Wray & Nephew, was delighted with how the evening unfolded.
“Romain did a stunning job entertaining the people, and keeping them on their toes throughout his performance. The turnout was great as well. Fans were flooding the entrance to backstage eager to see Romain, and this is after he was called back on stage thrice!” she said.
The next staging of Appleton Estate Signature Nights is scheduled for Sharkies in St Ann on October 31. The headliners are reggae singer Richie Spice and singjay I Wayne.
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