Jerome Reynolds, Gleaner Writer
Music was alive and kicking in Emancipation Park in St Andrew on Thursday, as scores of patrons turned out to enjoy Let Live Music Live, put on by reggae star and songwriter Tarrus Riley.
The venue was abuzz with activity with something for the young, the old and the in-between. The concert began in the late afternoon and saw treats for children and families in the audience.
Several acts graced the stage early to get the mood started and had those in attendance feeling the vibe.
THE MAN OF THE NIGHT
Talents such as Chronixx, Chevaughn, C-Sharp and the man of the night, Riley, got the ball rolling and there was no end to the melodious voices, well-arranged backing bands and passionate performances.
As the event proceeded into the night the crowd grew larger and many took to their blankets, speaker boxes and even trees to rest up for another amazing round of fantastic live music.
Dancehall staple I-Octane raised the energy level in the venue, reeling off hit songs to the delight of the audience. Though short, his performance packed a punch and got patrons on their feet.
That mantle was carried by entertainers such as Ikaya and Chuck Fender who turned the audience into their de facto choir.
Ikay - whose career has been on a steady climb - used her silky voice and warmed those who were feeling the chills from the cool night air.
Known for his social commentary, Fender took time to decry the injustices in the society and urged Jamaicans to show more love, especially to mothers and the elderly.
The man who calls himself 'The Living Fire' was well received and got the audience energised.
He blazed a trail for reggae crooner and the much-loved Romain Virgo, who was ushered onstage by a hail of screams and cheers.
Virgo had females in the audience screaming with each song as he belted out his melodious hits with his ever maturing voice.
Couples moved closer and those without a partner made the artiste theirs for the moment.
The audience then rolled a red carpet of cheers for Queen Ifrica. Her subjects gladly "called her by her name" snapping pictures as she sang. Then up came reggae icon Tony Rebel.
He had young and old singing his hits of yesteryear and today. He was joined by Riley who added to the excitement. Their voices were fresh and crisp.
While doing his hosting duties, Riley took requests from the audience for some of his hits which he gladly obliged. This was followed by a short stint from Mr Vegas.
But it seemed the messiah had arrived as at midnight the ruler of judgement yard, Sizzla, emerged on the stage singing Solid As A Rock. He continued to rule the stage with the crowd gathering closer for his blazing set.
Songs such as Words Of Divine, Woman I Need You, Missing You and Need My Love had bodies moving in unison as patrons revelled in the music.
All forgot about the Mayan calendar, ending at midnight (which in some quarters should signal the end of the world) and enjoyed the moment. Chairs, handbags and lighters were raised when the artiste pulled for Get To The Point.
Next was Cherine, who was followed by Stephen and Daniel 'Chino' McGregor. They invited their father, the silky smooth-voiced veteran Freddy McGregor, on stage. It became a family affair when Tarrus joined them and then called up his father, Jimmy Riley.
The senior Riley had folks doing the rub-a-dub and rent-a-tile and reminiscing on the good old days.
The night ended with a medley of artistes.