Ron McKay and his 'breddas'
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU: The invitation from Montego Bay businessman Ron McKay read, "You are invited to a beach barbecue with Ron & his breddas."
Well, those in attendance stuck to the Tiki Bar at the poolside of the Palmyra Beach Resort and Spa, where all the energy was centred, hardly venturing on to the crystal clear white sand beach.
McKay, who recently opened ADS Global Information Technology Centre in the Montego Freeport, had several of his Caucasian brothers out last Saturday night afternoon, but it was his black 'breddas' who turned up the musical prowess.
The breddas, Fitzroy 'Saxie' Minott, the city's most reputed saxophonist; singer Nerado Brissett, drummer Edward Campbell, bassist Peter Brown and keyboardist Kavan Whitter from the band 'Hard Drive' created waves at the Tiki Bar, turning the day into an unforgettable jam session.
It's no secret that Ron McKay likes a good party. It's also no secret that he was blessed with soul, found mainly in the areas of New Orleans and Memphis in the United States of America. Yet, this 'Jersey boy', accustomed to life on the beach in his home state and Philadelphia where he was born, has fit in beautifully with 'Jamdung'.
The afternoon was complemented by the rich sultry voice of the soulful Alecia Flemmings, who "passed through", but never left until she rendered her version of Adele's Grammy-Award winning song, Rolling in the Deep.
For Ron McKay who is known for his Saturday afternoon gigs, could this become a permanent addition to the social calendar? Party people, there is no reason not to hope!