Greenwich Town hosts first Culture Fest
The large crowd that attended the initial staging of the Greenwich Town Kingston 13 Culture Fest on Sunday, October 19, was treated to a musical cultural feast.
During the day, a planned poetry contest had to be put on hold as only one school, Maxfield Primary, was represented. The dance contest saw Jahmario Johnson of Duhaney Park Primary School winning a trophy and $5,000 donated by Robinson's Drug Store.
Before the live performances, there was recorded music by City Love sound system. At 10 p.m., host Tony Mack introduced guitarist Earl 'Chinna' Smith, who, with the Inna Deh Yard aggregation and vocalists Brian Gold, Donovan Joseph, RasMarlon, Jhamiela Smith and Maria Smith, performed for 90 minutes.
City Love returned to provide tracks for a number of artistes, among them Steve Tulloch, Tuffy Melody, Blacka Devon, General Lucky, Iyahmedz and DJ Kapachi, who ignited the close to 800 patrons. The event was attended by dozens of tourists, mainly from Japan and Europe.
With Woos Band on the stand, Tony Mack changed roles, singing the first lines of Freddie McGregor's Big Ship to a strong response. He also did McGregor's Push Come to Shove and Gregory Isaacs' Number One. Leroy King did Never Let Me Go before Phillip Fraser raised the tempo.
Fraser was joined by Triston Palmer, the two trading songs to the delight of the audience. Johnny Clarke, a former winner of the Tony Mack talent shows of the early 1970s, closed the concert with a number of his popular songs.
It was not all about singing, as MC Ozzie Love spoke about Greenwich Town's contribution to Jamaican music. The planned award presentation was rescheduled as recipients Max Romeo and Derrick Morgan were recuperating from chikungunya.