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All MAGIC Inside Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Lead vocalist, guitarist, and producer Nasri Atweh of the band MAGIC.
Argentinian guest of the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande proposes to his girlfriend during the MAGIC performance, recently.
Guitarist Mark "Pelli" Pellizer
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With a sound that forces traditional reggae bands to take notice, Canadian group MAGIC, who took the world by storm with its mega hit, Rude, enthralled guests at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande last Saturday in Ocho Rios.

Rude pushed the four-man band up the charts in 2014, and on Saturday night, the song, which has become an anthem of sorts, earned them a number of encores.

Performing to a room packed with music lovers from all over the world, MAGIC had exactly that effect, 'magical', on the patrons who turned out to watch and participate in the execution of an impressive repertoire that included songs from their award-winning album Don't Kill the Magic.

From as early as 9:05 p.m., when the reggae-fusion band hit the stage at the AAA Four Diamond resort, they signalled their intention with the words to their chart-topping compilation Lay You down Easy, followed by Gloria, the woman who took control of their world.

Bringing an energy that reverberated throughout the ballroom venue, MAGIC had the crowd going wild, making bold unspoken statements. This was, indeed, a rocking reggae party. With immense versatility, skilful foot, waist, and hip moves, the group showed why it had easily gained global recognition.

 

HIT AFTER HIT

 

This was not the first time the Canadian group had rocked a Jamaican stage, having performed at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Trelawny before. Again, the four-man versatile group was able to pull from a catalogue that included hit after hit such as No Way No, Red Dress, and Let Your Hair Down.

Letting their hair down was the easiest part, and like cool operators, they magically paid tribute with Drake's chart-topping single, Hotline Bling. Jamaica's king of reggae, Bob Marley, was not forgotten in their glory moment, and this was evidenced when they delivered on a promise of providing a musical roof over the heads of patrons.

In the middle of their performance, an Argentinean man proposed to his girlfriend, while a transfixed audience prayed she would say yes, only because it would save him from any embarrassment. Yes, she said, kissed they did, and the audience roared in support.

Taking back the spotlight, without any semblance of rudeness, MAGIC asked the crowd, "Why you wanna be so rude?", and their set turned into an immensely beautiful chorus.

By this time, they never had to sing a single line, because this fan base was equipped to take centrestage, belting out all the words to a song popular with millions.

MAGIC is the third top-shelf act to take the Ocho Rios resort by storm since it opened its doors last summer.

"We have had the distinct pleasure of hosting a variety of artistes including OMI, Shaggy, and now MAGIC! It is our hope that our diverse mix of talented artistes performing throughout the year will create the foundation for Moon Palace Jamaica Grande to become Jamaica's leading entertainment destination," said Gibran Chapur, executive vice-president of Palace Resorts.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com