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Steel Pulse sizzles at Jamaica House

Published:Friday | August 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
From left: Racquell Brown of Irie Rock, Donovan Donaldson and Taraja Jackson at Jamaica House.
From left: Elizabeth Fox, senior director, Jamaica Tourist Board, UK and northern Europe, shares lens with her staff, Antoinette Charles, Yollette Scarlett, and Shenika Bennett at Jamaica House at the 02 Arena in London on Wednesday.
Exclusive Holidays' Fred Smith, flanked by his sons, Jordan (left) and Jaime.
Patrons at Jamaica House in London enjoying every minute of Steel Pulse.
AMResorts' Megan Walsh, Lizzie Parker and Tim Raimbault
Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, John Lynch (centre), with Victor Lowe and Michelle Thompson.
Lead singer of the Steel Pulse band David Hinds, presents a painting of Usain Bolt to Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange, after performing at Jamaica House at the 02 Arena in London on Wednesday night.
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London, United Kingdom:

Steel Pulse's highly anticipated performance at Jamaica House in London was received with enthusiasm by those who turned out for the group's hour-long set at the 02 Arena on Wednesday night.

The English-based reggae band shared the spotlight with The Skints and Adrian Sherwood.

As satisfying as the music was, it was the unveiling of a Usain Bolt painting by the band's lead singer, David Hinds, that had patrons in the 02 cheering more than anything.

Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sports Olivia Grange, collected the four-foot painting on behalf of Bolt.

Wednesday night was night four of a week of activities sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and the ministry of culture.

Opening night, on Saturday, August 5 featured Freddie McGregor and Luciano. Sunday, August 6 saw the likes of Twinkle Brothers, The Natty Giddeon Family, and Jah Shaka. Tuesday, August 8 was praise and worship night, with Bishop John Francis and the Ruach City Church, among others.

Patrons have been eagerly awaiting performances by Ziggy Marley, Jesse Royal and Nesbeth, who will grace the stage tonight.

The races being run by the Jamaican team at the World Championships are broadcast live at the venue, so patrons don't miss out.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com