Sheena Gayle, Gleaner Writer
International Reggae Wine Festival enjoys great second run
Coming off the heels of a successful performance at Reggae Sumfest, fast-rising reggae star Protoje stole the show at the second staging of the International Reggae Wine Festival in Montego Bay.
Staged at the lush and serene Aqueduct property in Rose Hall, Protoje was able to woo music fans with the charm of his lyrics and energetic performance that continues to create a surge in demand for the artiste, both locally and overseas.
The Rasta Love musician, backed by his InDiggnation Band, made sure he left his mark and earned new fans as he performed, spoke with the fans, and even excited the crowd with onstage antics.
Singing several tracks from his Seven Year Itch album, Protoje used the opportunity to promote new singles like Who Dem A Programme, among others, during a more-than-30-minute set.
Favourites like Lipstick, Roll, and JA were favourites that patrons appreciated.
The second staging of this premier wine and music festival by United States-based CSR Promotions allowed patrons to sample some of the world's best wines and spirits from local and international purveyors.
The patrons were able to continue enjoying the best wines offered in Jamaica while Tessane Chin's supreme vocals serenaded them, forcing sing-a-longs. Her unmatched vocal range was among the reasons she was making her second appearance on the International Reggae Wine Festival stage.
Leroy Sibles and George Nooks executed their set with a kind of grace and flavour many have come to know and love. Their presence on stage energised patrons who sang and danced to every song.
A fashion show, featuring pieces from Staysie's Boutique and designer Pablo Palair, were among the highlights of the event and helped to confirm that local designers can have a major impact.
The delicious meals from Marguerite's Seafood by the Sea Restaurant and Exotic Salads and Sandwich Bar stimulated the palate as patrons tried the items to complement their Ackee Wine from Journey's End and a variety of wines from Caribbean Producers Jamaica.