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'Distinguished gentlemen' of reggae head to Toronto

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Pluto Shervington
Dobby Dobson ... three Jamaican music legends expected to give Toronto reggae lovers the performance of a lifetime.
Boris Gardiner

Toronto, Canada:

Music lovers in Canada will be in for a big treat when three 'distinguished gentlemen' of reggaehead to Toronto for a show dubbed 'Men of Distinction' on November 19.

Presented by Rinkah Entertainment and Fam Records, the event will feature veteran singers Dobby Dobson, Pluto Shervington and Boris Gardiner.

Dobson, nicknamed 'The Loving Pauper', is one of the great soulful voices of the rocksteady era.Among his many hits are Loving Pauper, Mexican Divorce and Muriel.

Last year, he was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Linkage Production Awards in New York. The former Kingston College old boy alsostole the spotlight with a jaw-dropping performance that had fans dancing to hits like That Wonderful Sound, Sweet Dreams, Muriel and Loving Pauper. Earlier this month, he was again recognised for his contribution to the music industry with the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Officer by the Government of Jamaicaon National Heroes Day. The smooth-voice crooner will be heading to Canada on a high as not only has he been honoured in New York and Jamaica, but he was recognised in Miami for his contribution to music as well.

When it comesto delivering lovers rock classics, veteran crooner Boris Gardiner has an extensive catalogue of hit songs, whichhe will be unleashingonfans in Canada. Among the numbers he is expected to deliver are his United Kingdom number-one hit I Wanna Wake Up With You, You're Everything To Me, This Old House, Elizabethan Reggae and My Commanding Wife.

Classic tunes

Over the years, singer Pluto Shervington has recorded a numbers of classic songs that have left music lovers cracking up, as well as nodding, while enjoying the singer's play on words.

Ram Goat Liver, Your Honour and Dat are just some of the humorous songs he has recorded.

Of course, he also hit the big notes with numbers such as Sixpence, Letter From Miami and Keycard.

Now based in South Florida, the singer - regarded asone ofJamaica's most prolific and successful singer-songwriters -will be joining his fellow Jamaican music legends to give Toronto reggae lovers the performance of a lifetime.

And that is what Rinkah promoter Karl Haughton has in mind whenhe says, "This concert promises to be the best in Toronto for 2011, as it features accomplished professionals and young artistes who have performed excellently in previous concerts."

Also appearing onstagewill be Toronto-born reggae singer Bonnie Casey, Kafaye Rose, Oswald 'Ossie D' Douglas, Empress Minott and Jackki James.

All artistes will be backed by Mountain Edge Band, while MC duties will be handled by DJ Cool from Sound 100.3FM and Sir B from CHRY, 105.5FM.