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Artistes pay homage to Bob Andy

Published:Monday | October 31, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Ken Boothe in action.
Tony Rebel in his element.
Big Youth performing at Bob Andy Unplugged at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, Jamaica College, on Friday Night. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer
Marcia Griffiths

VETERAN songwriter and vocalist Bob Andy's vast catalogue got extensive and reverend treatment from artistes young and old at Friday night's 'Bob Andy Unplugged' concert at Jamaica College.

Bob's songs were sung by the 29 artistes who performed inside the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium, yet the enthusiasm and energies, especially among the young, belied the fact that they were covering 50 years of musical genius.

Never mind that the likes of Denyque at 21, could have been a granddaughter for any of Marcia Griffiths, 61; Big Youth, 62; or Ken Boothe, 63; or that 29-year-old Protoje could have been their son, the young artistes gave as much as their seniors did in paying homage to Bob Andy.

When emcee Elaine Wint announced an intermission and invited the audience to dig into their wallets for Bob's cause at the food-and-drink stands, they shuffled to their feet knowing full well they were refuelling for what was to come.

Rose in appreciation

Desi Jones and Friends gave way to Lloyd Parkes & We The People with Orchestra, and the concert changed gears upon resumption.

There were cheers even before Ken Boothe made his way onstage and it went up several notches when he did his trademark jig while delivering his version of the much-covered I Don't Want To See You Cry.

The next song, Feeling Soul, he dedicated to Bob Andy, who rose in appreciation to acknowledge Boothe from his front-row seat, the first of many such times he would have to do so as artiste after artiste had the crowd rocking.

There was thunderous applause for Marcia Griffiths, Jamaica's Aretha Franklyn, and with whom Bob Andy had immense success as the duo, Bob and Marcia, and also songwriter for Griffiths' hits such as Feel Like Jumping and Truly.

However, it was Nadine Sutherland who prowled on to the stage in tights and prints to do Feel Like Jumping, and jump she did before Chevaughn rocked the house with Fire Burning and Nattel followed with Truly.

Denyque gave a mature rendition of Desperate Lover and the youngsters seemed in charge. Just when the audience thought the younger generation would have had their way for the rest of the evening, Big Youth walked on stage dapperly dressed in a grey suit with red tie and fedora, but with his white shirt out of pants in 'rude bwoy' style as he brought the house down with Zion.

Protoje was up next and sang Too Experienced like an old pro before giving way to Griffiths who returned regally dressed in full white to remind the audience it was Bob Andy's birthday.

Luciano was powerful in delivering Unchained and Freddie McGregor shone on My Time before all the performers joined Bob Andy onstage to close the concert a-la We Are The World with I've Got to Go Back Home.