Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
Toots and the Maytals' Bam Bam was a fitting tribute as the 'Kings and Queen' of reggae, Morgan Heritage delivered a standing ovation performance to hundreds of tourists at RIU Montego Bay on Tuesday night.
The group strategically selected the Second City and a tourist resort to release its revolutionary album, Here Come the Kings , after five years in hiatus.
The location was a large amphitheatre with rich acoustics. The audience - visitors from just about every major country in the world and locals anxious to hear the drums, bass and strings from the likes of Gramps, Mojo, Luke, Peter and the sole female, Una Morgan.
Morgan Heritage is back with a vengeance and the imprint 'Return' on their shirts signalled their intention.
summer promotional activities
Roots and culture were on show, the second in a series of diverse offerings. According to RIU's Director of Sales Angella Bennett, this initiative was being used as part of the group's summer promotional activities.
"Last week, we had the glass slipper play and it was very interactive, there was so much theatrics, and, although there was some local dialect, it was well received," she said, adding that her guests were being given the opportunity to embrace the rich Jamaican culture.
For her, Morgan Heritage was the icing on the cake, as for her next act, she would definitely need to bake a new one.
"We did a competition on Facebook when we confirmed Morgan Heritage, and our page received so many hits," she revealed.
There was no denying that this was a major coup pulled off by the RIU team, and this was evident when it took nothing out of the group of performers to get the women in the audience to scream.
Their 60-minute set was energy filled and exhilarating, leaving enough room for a 'return' to the Montego Bay resort.