First Live From Kingston event hits hard
Saturday evening descended on Upper Manor Park Plaza as shoppers trickled to a handful and store lights switched off for the day's end. Already, though, the night was coming alive west of the supermarket.
Live From Kingston was about to get started.
Still alit and transacting was Base Kingston & Belle, the clothing and accessories vendor that remained open for the event, hosted by I&I World-wide.
Rory Yaadcore selected choice roots music on Red Bull-powered equipment, energising the gathering mentally as the brand's beverage assisted some physically.
First of the four slated acts was Blu Kid, a 19-year-old who took to the stage for his debut performance as a solo artiste. Any jitters he might have felt were easily outweighed by the promise he displayed to the audience.
One of the highlights of his performance was Legal Badman, a gutsy tune about police officers who abuse the job.
Keida performed next with a small ensemble consisting of Jason Worton, Craig 'Flee' Lee and Inilek Wilmot.
Keida closed her set firmly with the dub-flavoured Ganja Tea.
At close to 9 p.m, the signature sound of Iba MaHr belted through the air with songs like Born Free and Will I Wait. Surely, the singer gained new fans on the night, judging by the audience's reaction to his musical offering.
Chronixx, noticeably more energetic than usual, completed the night's quartet of performances with songs like Warrior, Odd Ras, and Start A Fyah. The eager crowd of about 300 people drew closer to the stage and was not at all disappointed by his hourlong set.
There were also strong cheers for Kelissa, who Chronixx invited on stage to share a new song she wrote during her recent 50 Days in Afrika tour.
And the industry was diligently attentive to Live From Kingston. With patrons as varied as radio personality ZJ Sparks, producers Shane Brown, dub poets No-Maddz, film director Storm Saulter, and author Dutty Bookman.
Live From Kingston will be held next on December 22. Fans of the event can follow the movement on twitter: @LiveFromKGN.