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Reggae brings warmth to cold Toronto

Published:Wednesday | February 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Morgan Heritage in performance

Over three thousand loyal reggae fans braved -15?F conditions in Toronto, Canada, last Friday to experience first-hand, Morgan Heritage live in performance at the upscale Sound Academy.

Amid the frigid temperature, music lovers found a warm oasis, as the multitalented group heated up the city in front of a capacity audience assembled for Redemption XV.

It was befitting, that on a most significant day of Reggae Month, the birthday of legendary icon Bob Marley, Morgan Heritage exemplified the resilience and timeless quality of reggae music as they opened up their set with the classic hit, Tell Me How Come. The jubilant crowd sang along as the siblings chanted tune after tune effortlessly, while incorporating soul and reggae grooves into their rhythmic patterns and melodic arrangements.

The audience felt the power of reggae to bring back Love, the title of one of the group's hit songs - and also quite a bit of warmth - as they witnessed yet another memorable performance from Morgan Heritage, who upheld their formidable reggae legacy.

strong performance

"As always, Morgan Heritage came out strong. The smooth, sexy voices rocked the crowd. They threw it back to the days of Toots and the Maytals, and educated the crowd with reggae history, remembering more than just Bob and Dennis, but the other greats who have left us too soon, like the legendary Bunny Ruggs of Third World. They even included those outside the reggae genre like Michael Jackson. Time after time, Morgan Heritage consistently brought it to the stage and it was awesome seeing Jemere for the first time, as he touched the stage, guaranteeing that the legacy will continue," said concert goer and reggae enthusiast Suzanne Karam.

Morgan Heritage kept the crowd mesmerised with renditions of new and classic hits, and even teased the crowd with Put It On Me, a single from their upcoming Strictly Roots album, slated for release this spring. Adding fuel to the musical fire, Morgan Heritage next-generation teen idol Jemere Morgan made a special appearance to the delight of the females.

multicultured crowd

Comprising people from different backgrounds, thoughts, beliefs, upbringing and social status, Redemption XV will be remembered as the night when Morgan Heritage proved the perfect remedy for the winter blues, and the music connected every one as one.

"Toronto was electrifying. Romain Virgo and Uncle Freddie (McGregor) really set the pace, and we enjoyed bringing such a multicultured crowd out in such freezing temperatures. You couldn't tell it was 15? with the energy that was circulating in Sound Academy. Much love to Toronto, Canada, and the promoters for bringing us back. Can't wait for next time," an appreciative Mojo Morgan said.