Richi Stephens and his mother perform at the Brand Trelawny 'One Love Concert' in Falmouth. - Photos by Noel Thompson/Freelance Photographer
Mark Titus, Freelance Writer
Sanchez could do nothing wrong for the tens of thousands of enthusiastic music and cricket lovers from across the globe at the Brand Trelawny 'One Love Concert' held in Water Square, Falmouth, on Saturday night.
Except for a listless performance from South Africa's First Edition, the show was great.
While the breathtaking performance of Sanchez stood out, songbird Nadine Sutherland and Richie Stephens delivered exceptional performances;Lloyd Lovindeer's set was satisfying and was enough to earn him an encore.
There was no stopping Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, as the responsive crowd obeyed every instruction given to them by Oscar B. Proving that the artistes were not to be outdone, Peter Phillips disco held sway through its delivery of well thought out selections.
The much-anticipated performance of South African reggae act Lucky Dube did not disappoint as with hits such as Divorce Party, Hero, Soldier and the latest single Respect, he had the huge crowd eating out of his hands.
"I am glad to be back in Jamaica," Dube told The Gleaner. "Ever since I came to Jamaica in 1991, I've looked forward to coming back. I was inspired by Reggae great Peter Tosh."
South African Reggae artiste Lucky Dube performs at the Brand Trelawny 'One Love Concert', on Saturday.
The fact that Dube emulates the late Reggae icon did not go unnoticed in the audience as one excited patron was overheard saying that the singer was "Tosh incarnate".
Third World played an excellent set, reeling off hits such as Try Jah Love, Always Around, Reggae Party and many more.
Shaggy made a surprise appearance and teased the crowd then left the stage, but the exuberant crowd began chanting his name which forced MC Norma Brown to call him for an encore performance to the delight of his adoring fans.
Hitting the stage at 2.15 a.m., Sanchez fed the crowd a feast of hits from his over 20 albums, through his sterling career, taking them on a sing-a-long, which had them sampling hits from his extensive repertoire.
Members of the audience, including a number of children, attend the Brand Trelawny 'One Love Concert' held in Water Square, Falmouth, on Saturday.