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Rain postpones Roots’s concert

Monday, October 23, 2017

HEADLINER Levi Roots was only able to perform one song before intermittent rains brought an abrupt end to Music and Foods for Friends held at Redbones Blues Cafe in New Kingston on Friday.

The occasion, billed as a unique opportunity for patrons to see both sides of the British-based entertainer and entrepreneur, also had musician Della Manley and singer Keisha Patterson on its line-up. It was subsequently rescheduled for the same venue on Friday.

“This is Jamaica and we never fight the elements; so we're hoping the elements will bless us for another time. There's nothing we can do. It would have been a fantastic evening; we have an enthusiastic crowd as everyone stayed behind, so they really wanted to see what I want to say and do... that really helped me over the pain of not being able to perform. I'm disappointed, but I'm thinking the next staging will be spectacular and I'm looking forward it,” Levi Roots told Jamaica Observer.

The Clarendon-born act's opening track, After Tonight, found favour among guests before the showers sent everyone scampering for cover.

Prior to Roots's exit, the rains had signalled its intentions from earlier in the evening.

After being introduced, Manley had to wait nearly an hour for Mother Nature to hold up before performing. She opened with a soulful interpretation of Earl “Chinna” Smith-penned Fade Away before going into her original It's OK (Sometimes You Win). She was in the last stanza when the rains returned.

Patterson took the stage an hour later with a spirited performance of Rufus's Tell Me Something Good, then made way for the evening's headliner.

Levi Roots (given name Keith Graham) migrated to Britain at 13. He gained widespread popularity after appearing on the British television show Dragons' Den in February 2007. The show allows entrepreneurs to present their business ideas with a view to seek funding from a panel of investors. The reggae singer received 50,000 following his presentation.

Sainsbury's, one of the largest supermarket chains in Britain, bought distribution rights from Levi Roots for sale of the Reggae Reggae brand of products in its more than 600 outlets in Britain.

As an entertainer, Levi Roots made his name as an underground roots reggae singer in the 1980s and 1990s and recorded three albums. He was nominated for a Best Reggae Act MOBO Award in 1998.

— Brian Bonitto