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Great sets at Kingston Reggae Night

Saturday, August 12, 2017

IT was an evening of great performances and it was Sanchez who brought the curtains down on Kingston Reggae Night held inside the National Arena in St Andrew recently.

Organised by Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the event — part of Jamaica 55 Independence celebrations — was aimed at showcasing the genre.

Sanchez utilised the opportunity to pay tributes to some of his departed colleagues, including Freddie McKay, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Sugar Minott, Alton Ellis, and Frankie Paul. The audience was thoroughly entertained. In-between his set, he appealed to Jamaicans to reduce violence and restore peace in the nation.

A harmonious performance came from the vocal group LUST. In the absence of Lukie D, who missed his flight, Thriller U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis put on a stellar show.

Chaka Demus and Pliers demonstrated why they are still one of the biggest international acts out of Jamaica, serving up their rich catalogue of hits including Bam Bam, She Don't Let Nobody, and Murder She Wrote.

Queen Ifrica took time to pay tribute to her father, ska legend Derrick Morgan, performing a couple of his songs. She continued her mission of public education to get more Jamaicans involved in the governance process.

Bugle gave a spirited performance while Keznamdi was a master stageman.

Also featured were several second generation acts. Carrying on the tradition were: Naomi Cowan, daughter of Tommy Cowan; Daviana, daughter of Tony Rebel; Imeru Tafari, son of Queen Ifrica; Pashon Minott, daughter of Sugar Minott; Garnet Silk Jr, son of Garnet Silk; and Meleku, son of Sizzla Kalonji.