Augus for Marcus runs off schedule
It has become almost customary for entertainment events in Jamaica to start late and Augus For Marcus followed this pattern when it was held at the One Love Café, Bob Marley Museum, St Andrew, on Friday.
The event, which was part of the Conscious Reggae Party series, was scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m., but did not begin until two hours later with a spotlight segment.
First in that segment was a poet, Shadai, who insisted on singing during some parts of his presentation, despite the fact that he struggled to get out his notes. An actual singer, Burley Yard, followed with her sweet tone. Another new act, Little Briggy also took the stage with his old school sound.
There was also Don Anthony, Initial T and Jambel, all new acts, but Jambel got the biggest response when she danced to spirited African drumming.
Finally, about 10 p.m., Uprising Roots Band took to the stage. Their drumming sounded like an army of soldiers marching and they also made references to Marcus Garvey's Black Star Line.
The band might be known, but with their laid-back and almost lacklustre style of performance on Friday, many patrons took the opportunity to chat or cast regular glances at the television, despite being unable to hear it. There was some tame rocking in the mix as some persons puffed on their well-wrapped blunts or drank their blended juices.
Meanwhile, Uprising Roots Band continued to play, repeating a few phrases at intervals.
Another band change came and that facilitated Steven Golding's short speech about Garvey, whose birthday is celebrated on August 17. Golding spoke at length about Garvey and stressed that more persons should try to follow the National Hero's teachings in today's society and pass on the work that he did.
"That's why I teach Garveyism. I don't teach the biography of Marcus Garvey, I teach about the philosophies of Garvey," said Golding, who is the president of the Universal Negro Improvement Association in Jamaica.
Yet, another band, Tribe Azizi, came to the fore. The lead singer did Tessanne Chin's Hideaway at a slower tempo, while a few pitch problems presented themselves. Nonetheless, she continued before making way for another new act, Good T, who brought the first bit of well-needed high energy to the show.
"This show is overbooked but I wanted the best for Marcus Mosiah Garvey," host Isis Miller said, before introducing Harmony.
He was clear as he did Are You Ready To Wake Up on the small stage, with persons crammed together inside the small venue. The parking lot and other areas around the venue also had a sizable number of persons.
At this point, more popular artistes like Keznamdi and Hezron were yet to perform.