Thursday, March 13, 2008

Celebrating Dennis Brown

The lawns of the prestigious Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston came alive on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 as a star studded line up of artistes came out to to pay homage to the beloved Jamaican Superstar Dennis Brown. Staged annually by the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affliates (JAVAA), the large crowd was treated to some scintilating performances from the likes of Boris Gardiner, Ken Booth, Bob Andy, George Nooks, Derrick Harriott, Bunny Brown, John Holt and the man who had the crowd begging for more, Lincoln `Sugar` Minott

Supporting acts came from the likes of Charmaine Limonius, Carey Johnson, Mary Isaacs, Ras Mandito, Ras Manasseh, Sam Carty, Dwight Pinkney, Lloyd Parks along with the Tamlins, Suzanne Couch, Michael Pinnock and Bagga Case. Backing was solidly performed by the Unique Vision and the Fabulous Five Bands.

Sugar Minott connected well with the audience and M.C., Mutabaruka warmed to their request and called back the exciting entertainer who gleefully obliged the fans. Started off in a soulful mood, he had the fans singing along to `I want To Make It With You` after which he swung into `Mr. DC`with the fans singing to the chorus in `mass choir style`. `Buy Out The Bar` followed after which he made way for the `Preacher` Derrick Harriott. `The Chariot`, as he popularly known took the audience on a stroll down memory lane with songs such as `Walk The Street`, `Solomon`, `Stop That Train` and `Penny For Your Song`.

Bob Andy kept the good vibes going with hits from his repetoire, the likes of `I 've Got To Go Back Home` and `For You`. Ken Boothe started off with `What About The Half` followed by his famous `Seven In One Medley` and closed out with `Everything I Own`.

George Nooks hit the stage running with `Money In My Pocket` the Dennis Brown mega hit song, on which Nooks deejayed during the mid 1970s. `Forty Leg` brought a loud cheer from the crowd after which he held church service with `God Is Standing By`. John Holt was given the task of closing the show and in true work-man-like style he brought the event to a fitting finale. Boris Gardiner also got a rousing reception from the crowd when he performed songs such as `It's So Nice To Be With You` and `I Want To Wake Up With You`. The emceeing was also perfomed by Patrick Lafayette and Junior Sinclair.

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