An electrifying roster of musical talent lit up the gardens of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Sunday, for The Lions Club of Kingston’s twelfth annual XII Musical Delights. Supported by Bare Essentials, reggae-rocksteady-ska band, Althea Hewitt, Leroy Sibbles, Rojah, Errol Lee and Luciano remodeled the tiny phase into a worldwide songs platform.

There have been lyrical tributes to recording artistes ranging from the era of outdated-university funk and pop to R&B and reggae.

New music is all about the groove, not only the genre reminded Hewitt as she seized the microphone.

The woman vocalist dominated the phase, offering lines like a genuine star of this sort of songs as 1967 pop vintage To Sir With Like, Chaka Khan’s Ain’t No one and Only Red’s refrain “I’ll preserve keeping on, I’ll preserve keeping on” of the 1985 strike Keeping Back again The Decades of which she lined on her the latest album. These she carried out in advance of getting into into an primary catalogue of strong songs like the title track, More robust. Leroy Sibbles, like Hewitt, was productive in obtaining the viewers to clap to the beats and sing along. Equally did their renditions of Toots Hibbert’s liberated track fifty four-46.

For anybody, Leroy Sibbles would have been a hard act to follow but for past pageant track finalist Rojah, it was easy to get those glued to their seats associated in a ‘party, fiesta, forever’ opening his established with Lionel Richie’s All Night Lengthy. The “wildly energetic performer”, as the night’s emcee Deon Silvera mentioned of Rojah, pretty much ripped as a result of the seams of music’s various genres (and his tailor-made pants) with the pulsing, pop-and-lock routines matching the moon-walk Michael Jackson.

Nonetheless, the wardrobe malfunction did not have an affect on his “rocking and rolling” into Bob Seger’s Like A Rock – proving that pretty much any track can be turned into reggae with a small effort – not in advance of paying out his respect to some of the genre’s legends, Jimmy Cliff with T he Harder They Occur and Bob Marley with Could You Be Liked and Iron Lion Zion.

Talking to The Gleaner during a temporary intermission, Rojah mentioned, “It’s basically really amusing I am made use of to donning other pants like ripped jeans but for the event I wanted to impress with a dressier search. In the stop it was not how I introduced myself that mattered, but what I introduced.”

Turning tables

The 2nd 50 percent of XII Musical Delights forced extra people out of their seats. Dance hall table-turners Voicemail’s Kevyn and Qraig and Chi Ching Ching sets tested the dancing expertise of the viewers. With extra than twenty minutes on phase, Voicemail identified as on hits from the early 2000s this sort of as Dance, Nuh Linga and Sweep and Wacky Dip and Chi Ching Ching followed go well with with body-rockers like Rock Di Entire world, Roast or Fry (Breadfruit) and Rope which are all component of his debut album, Turning Tables, tracklist.

Like Chi Ching Ching, who was productive in obtaining just one woman to sign up for him and dancers, Gabbidon, Kool Child and Disciple to present off her expertise, reggae singer Errol Lee also enthusiastic three ladies to action up to the phase. In his vocal salute to Bob Marley which started out out with I Wanna Like You and Jammin, the purpose of Sharon Hastings, Sharon Wever and Tracy July have been to imitate the I A few, Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths as he ongoing with A few Very little Birds and Just one Like.

And if people assumed the present would not stop on a large, the Messenjah Luciano swooped in with Sweep Over My Soul, Lord Give Me Power and It is Me Again Jah elevating spirits to the top level as he shut.

“Our concert has developed from toughness to toughness, getting to be extra fulfilling with each staging. There is a wonderful mix of youthful and outdated entertainers, equally for our viewers, people who have remained devoted to our manufacturer by coming back again every single year,” Pauline Royal, chairman of the fundraising committee for the Lions Club of Kingston informed The Gleaner of the show’s advancement.

“The to start with present was executed in February, but it also marked the anniversary of our organisation, which was fashioned on February 22, 1965 (so) we are presently celebrating 55 decades. I think we have established a respectable movement and search forward to securing endorsements as an celebration that celebrates Reggae Month,” she mentioned.