KINGSTON, Jamaica – There is no denying the power of a classic lover’s rock tune to set the mood and February 15th’s staging of the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association’s (JaRIA) Reggae Wednesdays achieved just that, under the theme ‘Love a Dub’.
The event, held at Festival Marketplace in downtown, Kingston boasted the likes of D Major, Denyque, Farenheit, Knixx Taylor, Vbrtns and stalwart Glen Washington.
The theme of love was apparent from start to finish as artistes - backed by the Kurfew band— each took their turn to serenade the eager audience.
Vbrtns kicked off the night's performances as he sought to impress a yearning crowd. The newcomer, discovered by JaRIA in one of their most recent competitions, performed 'Acoustic Love' along with other original songs.
Knixx Taylor, another talent discovered by the organisation, was also keen to impress the audience. She crooned through several original songs before seguing into a cover of Bob Marley's 'I Wanna Love You'.
Fahrenheit followed and came armed with a Dennis Brown cover of 'Should I' along with original songs such as 'Seven Days' and 'On The Line'.
D Major soon took the stage and highlighted the positive works that JaRIA has been doing. The reggae crooner noted that the industry needed more events of this nature.
With the ladies screaming in excitement, D Major delved into songs such as Barrington Levy's 'Too Experienced' and Busy Signal's 'Come Over'. The artiste had the ladies begging for more with hits from his extensive catalogue such as 'That's What Loves About' and 'Real Know Real'.
The ‘supergirl’ Denyque, clad in her red, green and gold sultry attire, paid homage to Alaine when she covered 'No Ordinary Love' and had the audience singing along. The artiste had the ladies singing along to her hits, including 'Make Me Believe', 'Supergirl' and 'Same Guy'.
Reggae stalwart Glen Washington closed off the event with a bang as he captivated an appreciative audience from start to finish. In a demonstration of love, he brought up his wife to perform 'Let It Be Me’.
The beautiful duet had couples in the audience holding each other close as they rocked to the beat,
'Love a Dub' was another demonstration of the versatility of Reggae and served to be a memorable staging of ‘Reggae Wednesdays’ for patrons and entertainers.