Sadeke Brooks, Staff Reporter
Some of Voicemail's most popular songs may be dance tunes, but on Friday the duo did a reggae set at Redbones the Blues Café, New Kingston.
Kicking things off at almost 10 p.m. the members of Voicemail, Kevin and Craig, showed their softer side with I Wanna Be Next To You.
"Any lovers in the house?" Craig asked, before doing I'm In Love With You and All She Really Needs Is Love.
"All a di people dem weh shock seh Voicemail a do dem song ya mek some noise," Kevin said, and some patrons duly replied with screams.
Later they did Gallis, which was noticeably one of the more popular songs from their set.
But the night was not only about Voicemail, as other Team Coalition members like Mackeehan performed. With a packed venue, he was able to garner some new fans with his strong voice and powerful songs such as Yuh A Go Get A Beaten and Warning. As he began to sing Miss You, the equipment seemed to start going haywire. Not deterred, he continued when the equipment was fixed and got one of the biggest 'forwards' for the night.
Also a member of Team Coalition, selector Kurt Riley kept patrons entertained during the break. But as soon as the intermission ended, the show was again off to a fiery start with Torch, whose first song was Burn Dem. Flashing his locks and prancing on stage, he passionately continued his set with Good Reggae Music.
Voicemail returned as it neared midnight. As the band played, Craig said "is a woman mek mi write da song ya, it was that good". They then sang Calling Your Name, with Craig briefly dancing with a woman from the audience. They also did a slower version of Show It, which was also quite entertaining.
Eventually, Voicemail moved away from the romantic side to the more spiritual with Give Thanks, that was preceded by Craig telling stories about his childhood. Including Konshens' Drink And Rave, Voicemail spoke about their detractors, especially the ones who did not believe they could pull off a reggae show.
"A wi first reggae show," Craig said and there were shouts of "very good" and "mi like it" from members of the audience.