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Jamaica happy singing ground for Atlantic Starr

Published:Monday | December 22, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Atlantic Starr
Ken Boothe
Nickeisha Barnes

Members of internationally acclaimed R&B group, Atlantic Starr, have fond memories of previous performances for Jamaican audiences. And, on Saturday, December 27, at the LIME Golf Academy in New Kingston, the group promises to, once again, take Jamaicans on a trip down memory lane as they delve into a catalogue spanning nearly four decades.

Original Atlantic Starr member, Jonathan Lewis, fondly recalls the group's previous performances at the National Arena in Kingston, in Port Royal, and at the Jamaica Jazz Festival in Montego Bay, St James.

"We have travelled the world and Jamaica is definitely one of our favourite places. The last time we were there at the jazz festival, we had a great time meeting up with artistes like Maxi Priest and the welcome from the Jamaican audience was so warm and friendly." Lewis said. "We know that it will be the same vibe at the R&B Reggae Concert."

Lewis said, "All of us are looking forward to having a great time on December 27. We will be singing all the songs you want to hear - Masterpiece, Secret Lovers, Love Always, If Your Heart Isn't In It, and My First Love. And as for us, coming to Jamaica means that we get to feast on some great curry goat and mannish water."

Stating that he grew up on a variety of music, including reggae, Lewis said although Atlantic Starr has never collaborated with a reggae or a dancehall artiste "we certainly don't rule out that possibility".

"The Mighty Diamonds, the late Dennis Brown, Toots and the Maytals, Buju Banton and Bob Marley and the Wailers have all made a deep impression musically, and my brother even wrote a song that has a nice reggae flavour," Lewis said.

Recently, Atlantic Starr has been doing a string of concerts with performers such as El DeBarge, Ronnie Isley, the SOS Band and Evelyn King. The group has also been to Japan this year and put out a single, My Best Friend, from their upcoming album, which is to be released on their own independent label.

Current Atlantic Starr members are the Lewis brothers Wayne and Jonathan, Melissa Pierce and L'John Epps.

Also performing at the R&B Reggae Concert at the LIME Golf Academy, New Kingston, on Saturday will be veterans Ken Boothe, Cocoa Tea, George Nooks and Derrick Harriott, along with Noddy Virtue, Nickiesha Barnes, Jodian Pantry, T-Rizzy, and Roc Riva.

All the artistes will be backed by Lloyd Parkes and We the People Band.

Jodian Pantry (left) and Noddy Virtue. - File