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I found though that the band accompanied London
at too fast a clip. Also strong was Devon Seale singing
My Humble Plea, his song s catchy refrain of "Go
nah" encouraging patrons to join him in song. Pink
Panther, mimicking Black Stalin, paid tribute to the
former national monarch in Wait and was very enter-
taining in his delivery and performance.
Sugar Aloes was his usual solid self singing I Believe
and Bounce Back. Also typically well-prepared for
performs one of
his calypsoes, I
during the tent's
opening at the
Sugar Aloes delivers
usual solid performance
opening night was Chalkdust when he performed
Reparation and Gypsy Go Get Vex, his first "serious"
political commentary in four years.
Saint Nick performed a very melodious ditty named
Perspective In Black and was deservedly encored. Also
impressive on opening night were Skatie (The Band),
Dr Whitty (Compassionate), Rev (Fire Bu n Fuh So)
and Ninja (Level the playing field).
Sharing emcee chores with CG was Sprangalang
who seemed subdued in comparison to some of his
previous performances. One of the pluses at the Revue
is its quartet of chorus singers---Cindy, Dahlia, Abba
and Michelle. They really harmonise beautifully and
are visibly into every artiste they accompany.
Special guests on the show were former Grenada
national monarch Ajamu and the pride of Antigua
Swallow, reprising his popular Fire in De Back Seat.
Going retro were Starr George, singing a cover of
Kitchener s Dr Kitch, and Baron who rendered Words,
his classic of yesteryear.
This week Kalypso Revue is at its home base nightly
with Tuesday and Wednesday being Ladies Night.
Son of Tobago soil but based in Trinidad, Oscar
Benjamin (Oscar B) will have star billing when
the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is held on
Thursday, at Trelawny Stadium. In spite of his
heavy Carnival schedule, Benjamin has managed
to carve out space to share the stage with a number
of popular reggae artistes with his band Vibes.
Benjamin is no stranger to Jamaica and soca fans
over there as he was a frontline singer of Byron
Lee & The Dragonaires for many years, producing
several hits including Do the Bogle. Among the
artistes on the billing with Benjamin are Errol Dunk-
ley, George Nooks, Judy Mowatt, Cornell Campbell,
vocal group The Tamlins and DJ Josey Wales, accom-
panied by Lloyd and Parks and We The People
Organisers of the event have tapped some of the
best roots rock reggae stalwarts to present a Tribute
to the Late John Holt on Thursday night. Few singers
have influenced generations of reggae acts than
John Holt, the consummate lovers rock artiste.
Holt died in October in London at age 69, leaving
a remarkable catalogue of music. That legacy will
be recognised on opening night of the Jamaica Jazz
and Blues Festival on January 29. Each artiste will
dedicate part of their set to Holt. s enduring career
and massive cache of hit songs influenced the selec-
tion of acts on opening night. Holt hailed from
Greenwich Town, a fishing community in Kingston
with a rich music heritage. He set the pace for other
singers from the area by winning the Vere Johns
Opportunity Hour contest multiple times in the
1950s while still a student at Calabar High School.
He had numerous hits in the rocksteady era with
harmony trio, The Paragons (On the Beach, The
Tide is High and Danger in Your Eyes), before going
on to an even more successful solo career.
The 2015 staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues
Festival will actually be held over three nights,
ending on January 31. This year s festival will feature
extraordinary acts such as the multi grammy-award
winning vocalist Mariah Carey, the Pointer Sisters,
2014 Billboard Chart toppers Magic, former lead
singer of Chicago and soloist Peter Cetera, R&B
soul icon Charlie Wilson, North American-based
Reggae band Soja, acclaimed Barbadian saxophonist
Arturo Tappin, Roots Reggae group Morgan Heritage,
Reggae Crooner and Richie "Ska Teck" Stephens.
(reporting by Peter Ray Blood)
Oscar B goes
to jazz festival
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