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Powerful execs pay homage to great musicians

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Dimario McDowell in action.
Ian Wilkinson in action.
photos by winston sill/freelance photographer
photos by winston sill/freelance photographer

Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer

What started off as a great concert full of comedic performances ended up being a replica of a stage show celebrating musical icons past.

The last performance of the night at the 10th annual Powerful Men and Women perform for Charity concert, a musical medley done by Charmaine Limonious, Dennis Brooks, Lenroy Edwards, Maurice Henry, Mari Isaacs. Errol Lee, Dimario McDowell, Michael Powell, Robert Robinson and Ian Wilkinson earned the best response from the crowd.

The piece paid tribute to world-acclaimed musicians from a number of genres.

Some of the veterans celebrated were Skeeter Davis, Luther Vandross, Desmond Dekker, crowd favourites Gregory Isaacs, Joseph 'Culture' Hill, Byron Lee and many others.

The medley took the thousands in attendance back in time as they swayed, sang, and even got emotional.

Many patrons left the venue totally immersed in reggae fever as they continued to sing the hits even after the music had been turned off.

One patron was overheard saying "what a surreal effect" the performance had on her.

Many might have thought that these musical icons came back to give one more final performance.

Top-notch performances

Earlier, the evening's MCs, Elva Ruddock and Dervan Malcolm, kept the audience in high spirits as they were being treated to top-notch performances by top executives from across the Corporate Area, such as Aloun Assamba, Blossom O'Meally-Nelson, Franz Clarke, and Renée Hartley, just to name a few. Fay Pickersgill was the first to perform, welcoming guests with a mixture of Jamaican Creole and the Queen's English. Dressed to showcase the 'swagger' often made reference to.

"Welcome to the swaggerific 10th staging eventuality," she said, as the audience erupted.

Up next was the National Geriatrics Dance Troupe who performed their interpretation of world hits; Michael Jackson's Beat It and Beyonce's Single Ladies. Energy, flexibility and humour were plentiful throughout the performance.

Other hits with the audience were Madge Barrett's remake of Diana Ross and Lionel Richie's Endless Love. Dressed as half man and half woman, she took to the stage, lip-synching the classic. The storytelling skills of Franz Jackson, Michael Abrahams' 2010 Year in Review and an interpretative dance by the Children of the Mustard Seed Communities also followed.

Not a disappointment

Broadcaster Carol Francis didn't disappoint the many who came out to witness her usual dance routine as she took the stage with the female members of Dance Expressionz starting off with a video-shoot scene where she danced to a Tifa medley.

The real shocker came when Tanice Morrison did a rendition of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing.

Very powerful and full of soul, Morrison shocked many patrons as she showed her range, hitting the high notes with ease, causing a few patrons to whisper, "She's too good to be a teacher, she has to get into music after tonight."

Conroy Rose performed an old-school reggae medley, while Dr Blossom O'Meally Nelson, who has been performing at the show since its inception 10 years ago, performed a very comical piece where she spoke about the passage of Hurricane Tomas and other recent social and/or political issues.

Totally oblivious to how long the dialogue was, the patrons were in high spirits because the show seemed to have surpassed their expectations.

Michelle Wilson-Williams, Brenda Cuthbert and Aloun Assamba, and J.D. Dunstan's classical yet comical ballet piece titled Duck Pond was also good.

The 10th staging of the Powerful Men and Women perform for Charity concert was another smashing success, as corporate Jamaica continues on its quest to aid the development of the Mustard Seed Communities, a mission that has raised more than $25 million so far.