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Mico Delivers Evening of Musical Excellence

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 12:25 AMShereita Grizzle
Dem Three Jamaican Tenors, in performance at Mico's Evening of Excellence.
Kimiela 'Candy' Isaacs

Music lovers got a treat over the weekend as the Mico University College Alumni Association held their evening of musical excellence at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.

The concert which was held in aid of outfitting two SMART classrooms on the Mico campus, promised an evening of quality entertainment and by all indications, it did not disappoint.

It was a tantalising journey of the highest musical proportions, as guests were wowed by the entertainment package.

The evening's opening act, Dem Three Jamaican Tenors, got things off to a mellow start with some classical music. The trio, clad in their black and white ensembles, thrilled the audience with each selection. Song after song, they told a story and the audience enjoyed their set so much that they were more than willing to follow the trio's narrative, which from time to time, led to outbursts of laughter from the intimate gathering. By the time they were through, the crowed was amped up and ready for the next act.

The outstanding Kimiela 'Candy' Isaacs was up next, and immediately captured the attention of the crowd as she belted out the lyrics to a classic Ella Fitzgerald number. Then as if her vocal range wasn't enough to totally woo the audience, she was backed by the Skool Band, which included the likes of renowned drummer Desi Jones. She could do no wrong, as she belted out the lyrics to huge hits from one great singer to another. During her set she delivered renditions of Tina Turner's Proud Mary and Whitney Houston's One Moment In Time. Her performance was so good that the emcee requested another song and the audience did not object. She closed off her stellar set with Jimmy Cliff's, Many River s To Cross.


Rocking audience


King Sounds later provided a good change of pace for the audience with a switch to reggae. Songs like Book of Rules, I Shall Sing and I Shall Be Released, were a few of the songs he delivered that had the audience rocking. He got the crowd ready for the closing act, Ernie Smith.

They had anticipated his performance all night, so when Smith touched the stage, he did so to a resounding round of applause. The audience were taken on a trip down memory lane as he delivered some of his greatest hits including Groovin, Pitter Patter and All For Jesus. He got guests to move out of their seats with his rendition of U-Roy's, I'm Going To Wear You, and kept them dancing as he delivered a tribute to the late John Holt. Smith provided a fitting close to an evening of musical excellence and the Alumni achieved some of what it set out to do with the concert as one of the two classrooms will be fully outfitted in the coming months and will be named in honour of Rudolph Samuel Robinson, who was a Miconian from 1935-1937. The classroom cost $US 3 million.