Ambush in the night

DESPITE constant announcements of missing items and theft, the jam session of Catch A Fire — Bob Marley's 74th birthday celebration, ignited the Bob Marley Museum at Hope Road Wednesday night.

“If you're in here and stealing, leave now. Yuh cyaan come a Bob Marley thing an' a thief,” said emcee Empress.

She was kept busy during the concert, announcing missing phones, purses and wallets.

One patron told the Jamaica Observer's Splash that his vehicle was broken into while he enjoyed the show.

“I came out the venue to see that they broke the window of my car and took my laptop,” he said. “It kind of spoiled the show a little but it really was a good concert.”

Nevertheless, fans kept on skanking and enjoying the 'upful' vibes. By 7:00 pm, the venue was already packed shoulder-to-shoulder, yet scores of patrons bustled to get inside.

Lecia-Gaye Taylor, group marketing manager of the Bob Marley Group of Companies, explained that they got more than expected.

“We had about 3,000 (arm)bands, and now there are no more bands left to give to people still coming in, so that would indicate that there is far more than 3,000 people here tonight,” she said. “Last year, the crowd was just big, the museum is always full, people keep coming to support Bob and it seems as if we might need a bigger venue.”

Once inside, tourists and locals were entertained by the star-studded line-up which included both young and veteran artistes. Acts such as Koffee, Naomi Cowan, Sevanah, Lila Ike, Five Star, and Barbadian Vanessa Bongo, provided new-age reggae sounds that had the audience dancing and singing along.

Other performers such as Nadine Sutherland, Richie Spice, Bongo Herman, Iba Mahr, Lutan Fyah, and Agent Sasco gave electrifying performances. Capelton brought heat to the venue in true 'Fireman' fashion, closing the curtains on a day-long celebration for the king of reggae.

The celebration kicked off early Wednesday morning with a ceremony, kiddies village and symposiums. The jam session concluded at 2:00 am.

Alando Terrelonge, state minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender Entertainment and Sports, described the event as a massive success.

“It really is fitting tribute for Bob Marley who has brought reggae music so far and 38 years after his death, we can celebrate the man, what he means not only to Jamaica, but to the world and what our culture has done for the rest of the world,” he said.

Bob Marley, who would have turned 74 on Wednesday, died of cancer on May 11, 1981. He was 36 years old.

Richie Spice
Naomi Cowan
Notis Heavyweight Rockaz in performance.
Impressario Tommy Cowan and wife, Carlene Davis
Lecia-Gaye Taylor, group marketing manager of the Bob MarleyGroup of Companies, and Alando Terrelonge, State Minister in theMinistry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.(Photos: garfield robinson)
A section of the audience at the Bob Marley's 74th birthday celebration in Kingston onWednesday night.
Lutan Fyah
Iba Mahr
Nadine Sutherland
By Aaliyah Cunningham Observer writer

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