Message in Salute minutes
Prodi plans for quality time on Saturday night
Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Entertainer Prodi sees his upcoming performance on Rebel Salute 2015 as an opportunity to spread his message of truth, rights, and positive living.
The festival is set for the Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann, tomorrow and Saturday, January 17. On Friday, it features an impressive line-up, including Etana, Capleton, Tony Rebel, and Tarrus Riley. Prodi is down to perform on the second day, Saturday, along with Luciano, Mighty Diamonds, Sophia Brown and Queen Ifrica, among many others.
Prodi said he wants to be the voice of the people during his stage stint.
"Rebel Salute is a great vehicle to drive the message that I have," he said.
SHORT, POTENT SET
His set, he said, is going to be short but potent.
"It's not really about how many songs we do on the show; it's about the quality of the songs and the message that will resonate in the hearts and the minds of the people," he declared. "I know definitely we will be doing Kingston City, Mi Know Jah and one of my all-time favourites now, which is Never Leave."
The message, Prodi insists, is what he wants to focus on and not so much the crowd response. However, he admits it would be great to get a reaction that is "welcoming".
"But if we don't, we know that we have a message to deliver and that is what is first and foremost - to represent the God that we serve and the One that says go and deliver this message," Prodi said.
He will be supported by the Yaad Movement Band.
The former gospel-reggae singer, who last year transitioned into the mainstream, said he is thankful to the Lord for providing him with opportunities like performing on Rebel Salute.
"Thanks to my Lord and Saviour, the Creator for these opportunities, the obstacles and my enemies, because He has prepared a table in the presence of my enemies. I thank Him for all these things that we are going through, because it's a process, and process is how we really renew to the place that will fulfil the destiny and the purpose," Prodi said.
Last year, Stitchie, who started out as a secular artiste and moved into gospel in the 1990s and has not returned to the secular world, performed on Rebel Salute. Among his popular pre-Christian songs is Natty Dread, a humorous song about a Rastafarian's encounter with a policeman. He performed it at the festival, which traditionally has a strong Rastafarian following.
Among the others down to perform at the two-day festival are Kabaka Pyramid, Iba Mahr, Nesbeth, Bugle, Inner Circle Band, Fantan Mojah and Exco Levi.
Shuttle service to Rebel Salute 2015 will be provided by Knutsford Express. No drugs, weapons, alcohol or meat will be allowed at the venue.