I’m talking about the Singers in Action (Love within the Music) concert produced and promoted by Jammins CEO George Crooks. Part of the proceeds from this successful event will be donated to sponsors AFUWI. Other sponsors for the night: Western Union, Heineken, Grace Remittance Services, Lime, The Door Restaurant, NY Liberty Star and Tavon Entertainment can certainly congratulate themselves on a well put together event. In a daring move away from the stage-shows of old – Jammins hit on a winning formula of showcasing three well known artists, which really appeased the massive crowd.
The patrons outside the venue were all abuzz and trying to enter the venue early for the show slated to start at 8 pm. Getting inside the venue was fairly easy for those with media and press passes and a quick glance around the cavernous venue confirmed that the event would be sold out. The hall was already two-thirds full and as the night wore on, I would estimate there were upwards of 4,000 patrons jammed into every conceivable space. I even witnessed two partygoers (or they may have been staffers) 4 stories up standing in a balcony where I think even pigeons would fear to fly!
First on stage, Wayne Wonder, wearing his trademark shades, black suit and crisp white shirt, came out swinging and had the ladies singing along word for word with his anthemic ‘Love and Affection’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E15PE3EvGHA, ‘I still believe’, ‘My Everything’, ‘When I’m with You’ and ‘Saddest Day of my Life’. The men got in on the action with his ‘Bashment Party’, ‘All This Time’, ‘Movie Star’ and ‘Searching’. In paying tribute to the incarcerated Buju Banton with whom he has collaborated, Wayne performed ‘Bonafide Love’ and ‘Untold Stories’, at the end of which he made his impassioned plea to “Free Buju Banton”. He ended his set with ‘When I’m with you’. The crowd was definitely warmed up and responded well to Wayne’s performance as he took them down dancehall memory lane.
Billed as Jamaica’s ‘songbird’, the man known as Kevin “Sanchez” Jackson stepped out on stage, looking sharp as ever in crisp white linen suit and electric sky-blue shirt and tie with diamond encrusted chain. His first song - ‘Crazy Baldheads’ really summed up the mood of the world-wide economic and political woes. Sanchez is another singer who has a vast catalogue of songs, and he certainly kept the crowds enthralled and hanging on his every word as he crooned and belted his way through hit after hit. Unfortunately, I missed most of this performance attempting to get an interview with Wayne Wonder who had just exited the stage.
When he sings “Doctor’s Orders” – one wonders whether he is joking as he staggers around the stage, but one thing that is not in doubt is the man’s stamina. Performing for more than 30 years, he never fails to please his audience and On Thursday August 11, his audience certainly went home satisfied and bellyful with great performances.