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Cross Country invades the Park

Published:Saturday | February 16, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Nesbeth performing at St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston yesterday.

It was TGIF excitement in St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston as the RJRGLEANER Communications Group kicked off their four-week Cross Country Invasion tour. People on their way to work crammed into the park to see what the excitement was about.

The usually glum park buzzed with activity as early as 6 a.m., as it played host to the live broadcast of Smile Jamaica, Blast Off with Jenny Jenny, Sunny Up with Paula Ann, Fame Full House Friday, and Morning Agenda on Power 106. Meanwhile, the stage got ready to receive a host of the hottest artistes in the island, including: Munga Honorable, Tommy Lee Sparta, Nesbeth, Pamputtae, Charly Black, Stylo G, Pastor and the Edwin Allen School Choir.

Unfortunately, Marley scion Ky-mani was unavoidably absent from the line-up; however, the crowd inside the park was quite understanding when they learnt that his absence was due to a “family emergency”. As expected, the slew of acts on the roster all gave of their best – from the choir’s opening act to the closer – a hoodie-wearing Tommy Lee. The Sparta artiste got a huge call on to the stage, and he entered on a high, jumping in the air and commanding the crowd to do the same. The Montego Bay native, as he was introduced, did snippets from his hits, hyped up the crowd, for the most part, and then made his exit.

Prior to Tommy Lee’s performance, Nesbeth had informed the crowd that he was no longer singing for entertainment, but rather upliftment. Anyway, he entertained with songs such as Remove My Enemies and his ever-popular My Dream, which still energised the crowd and had them singing and dancing along.

A very religious-sounding Munga asked the Father to bless him and was very vocal in reminding the audience to always give thanks. His Nah Mad single proved a hit and Munga left centre stage with his fans wanting more.

The Invasion continues for another three weeks, with Papine Square being next on the agenda for February 23, after which the team will move across the island with visits to Highgate in St Mary; Moneague in St Ann; Junction in St Elizabeth; and Green Island in Hanover.