Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
Mahima concert suffers from postponement, bad weather
It seems that a previous postponement definitely led to the low turnout at the Mahima Hope 4 Hope Benefit Concert at Hope Gardens, St Andrew, on Sunday evening.
The event was scheduled to be held on September 30, but poor weather conditions led to its postponement. However, when the organisers held the show on Sunday, they were faced with disappointment, as the two parking lots and venue were near empty.
Nonetheless, hosts Emprezz and Mutabaruka tried to energise the small crowd. Performing to mostly empty chairs and grass, Skygrass did a mix of reggae and rock and created quite a stir with Highgrade Love.
Performing with Earl 'Chinna' Smith and other musicians, Jah9's lyrics were deep but she did not have much of an impact.
Jesse Royal followed and was quite entertaining, dancing while singing songs like Modern Day Judas and the sexually suggestive Butterflies.
However, it was Raging Fyah that got the screams. They held their own, getting whistles, screams, jumps and dancing for Judgement Day.
Also, an event being used to raise funds for cancer victims, there were many stories about the disease, including one from Buju Banton's backup singer, Althea, who gave a heart-rending story.
When Daville followed, he left much to be desired, as his voice cracked numerous times and he seemed hoarse. It wasn't until Charly Black's cameo that he found some support from the audience.
Luckily, Duane Stephenson followed with his powerful voice. His performance had people rocking and singing along at intervals.
Alaine was also smooth in her delivery of songs like We Rise and Dreaming of You.
With patrons cowering away from the cold, Alaine finally got them to wave their hands while she sang Bye Bye Bye. Giving her backup singers a taste of the limelight, together they sang You are Me. Alaine followed the gesture by taking to the keyboards while she sang No Ordinary Love.
From playful to militant, I-Wayne was next on stage. He had persons listening intently when he did Book Of Life and Life Seeds.
"Filthy artiste leading the children astray. Lightning!," he shouted, before 'bunning out' oral and anal sex. He calmed down a little with Need Her In My Arms, but not for long.
He asked for Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness to come together, but stepped on several corns when he sang, "rest yuh head up pon di natty shoulder. Yuh pure and yuh mouth nuh carry nuh ... odour."
There was another break from I-Wayne's onslaught when he called Influential, a young singer, to the stage. He did a song called Cancer while noting that he lost both his parents to the disease.
I-Wayne returned making reference to the vagina, but as soon as he did a woman shouted, "no more a dat please." Not phased, he continued, "When mi a burn destruction mi nuh waan see no one a quail up," he said, before ending with Living In Love.
Although their voices were crisp, Mighty Diamonds' set was ill-timed as they were not half as fiery as their predecessor.
Nonetheless, they had people singing along to Pass The Kutchie and I Need A Roof.
Richie Spice took the stage at 11:15 p.m. despite the fact that the show should have already ended.
While he had popular songs and his performance was entertaining, patrons still trickled out of the venue.
By midnight when Beenie Man took the stage, the crowd that had built up throughout the evening was again extremely scanty with mostly fans of the artiste remaining.
Some stood while others moved closer to the stage as he reeled off hits like Toy Friend, Who Am I and Old Dog. Towards the end, he rushed through more recent songs like Wine Gal and Dweet Again.