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An abundance of then and now - Ken Boothe promises much for Seafood Festival performance

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Ken Boothe

 Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

When the Rainforest Seafood Festival gets under way tomorrow at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay, fans of good old-school music are being promised a real treat from legendary crooner Ken Boothe.

The iconic Jamaican singer, who was dubbed Mr Rocksteady in the 1960s after releasing a string of hits that included Hush, World's Fair and Artibella, will be among a quality line-up of performers for the festival.

"It is for a good cause. It's for charity and the people surrounding it are such good people," Boothe said.

"They're such nice people, they even sent a plane for us for the launch."

In return, Boothe plans to deliver one of his trademark super performances. "It will be a Valentine's Day vibe so I will be singing songs like When I Fall in Love and Moving Way, pure love songs," Boothe said.

Many good performers

Boothe, whose song Money Train was remixed with dancehall star Shaggy and made the title track for the 1995 box office hit movie of the same name, will be among a number of acts performing throughout the day, including comedians Ity and Fancy Cat, I-Octane, Romain Virgo, Prodigal Son, Tifa, Chronixx and Beenie Man.

Boothe hailed the line-up as excellent. "It's the now and the then, which is very good," he said, adding that he was looking forward to the event. He will represent much of the 'then' but also a little touch of 'now' as he intends to perform the title track from his latest album Journey, which was released several days ago.

Boothe recorded and produced the album on his own and it will have a variety of songs that reflect his diversified musical tastes.

On it, Boothe has a cover of True, the Spandau Ballet hit from the 1980s, as well as other songs such as World Order, Is There a Problem, Love Her, and Just Can't Run.

The album also offers a song with a dancehall theme called Dancehall Girl.

"I am a fan of dancehall, just not some of the things they put on it," he said.

Vendors from Hellshire to Middle Quarters to Port Royal will be among those highlighted throughout the day during the festival that, in addition to the entertainers, will have stilt walkers, dancers, face painting, fair-ground rides and an organised children's village as part of the overall package.