Divas rock 100 Live

Observer writer

Saturday, June 16, 2018

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Female voices echoed across the night's sky at the recent staging of 100 Live.

Dubbed Divas in Music, the line-up featured newcomers Qunique, Mink Jo, and Kim Nain as well as seasoned performers Shuga, Ikaya and Tifa.

For newcomer Qunique, it was her first time performing at a live event.

“The crowd welcomed me with open arms, actually better than I expected. I was nervous at first but as I continued to perform and seeing the response, I got more relaxed,” explained the Greater Portmore-based deejay, whose given is Mona Gay French.

Singer Mink Jo, who performed a cover of John Legend's Stay with You and her original No Friend Zone, got a nice reception from the audience.

“Performing at 100 Live was really lovely. I think I was well-received,” she said.

Kim Nain, who studied law, wowed the audience with her cover of Diana King's Shy Guy and Sia's Titanium. Her set also included her original number Music and Me.

“I have to big up 100 Live for this opportunity. Awesome vibe here tonight and I had a lot of fun,” said Nain. “My set consisted mostly of songs outlining my experiences, something that persons can relate to.”

With a cover of Tanya Stephens' Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet, Ebony and Phenomenal Woman, one-time Digicel Rising Stars title holder Shuga dug deep to keep the audience entertained.

“It's all about the ladies tonight and being here with all of these lovely talented women is just awesome,” said Shuga.

During her performance she got emotional.

“I was sharing an experience from my past. I can't hide my emotions and I wanted to share this experience to uplift other women. No matter what they are going through, overcome, we persevere, and we endure,” said Shuga.

Singer Ikaya reeled off a memorable set. Tracks Ain't Giving Up, Ugly Girl and Bang Bang (which deals with domestic violence) were among her tracklist. She was happy for the opportunity to perform.

“It's rare that you find a show with so many female artistes and unity is strength. We need more of this,” said Ikaya.

Tifa pulled the curtains down on the evening's proceedings with a creditable performance. Her songs included favourites such as Spell it Out, Dash Out and Crawny Gal.

Held on the last Wednesday of every month, 100 Live will on June 27 feature performances from RDX, Deep Jahi, Styles, and Teejay.

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