Top acts de­liver at Port Royal Seafood Fes­ti­val

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Mar­cia Rowe Gleaner Writer en­ter­tain­ment@glean­erjm.com

HEAD­LINE ACTS Ninja Man, Ad­mi­ral Bai­ley, I-Oc­tane, Ro­main Virgo, and Kevin Downswell put the pi­rate’s charm on pa­trons re­cently at the Grace Trop­i­cal Rhythms Port Royal Seafood Fes­ti­val.

They had the crowd singing gospel, dancing and singing to some oldies and con­tem­po­rary reg­gae/dance­hall and, at other times, just mes­merised. Some up-and-com­ing lo­cal acts were also on hand to bask in the spot­light too.

Be­fore the ma­jor play­ers took over the el­e­vated main stage, just as the evening shad­ows were draw­ing nigh, the con­sis­tently ex­pand­ing crowd of chil­dren and adults alike spent the bet­ter part of the fun-filled day in en­gag­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. They par­tic­i­pated in a few kid­dies rides, nicely planned and well-paced com­pe­ti­tions, played bingo and queued for give­aways, be­tween the sam­pling of a va­ri­ety of ap­petis­ing seafood dishes and the view­ing of a march­ing band play-off.

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Phillip Paulwell was also on hand to de­liver a brief wel­come. Later, he told The Gleaner that the fes­ti­val be­gan 13 years ago by the po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship at the time, along with some of the res­i­dents. They wanted to high­light Port Royal as the best seafood place in the world, as well as to in­ject some com­merce into the city. Af­ter three years, “we are very happy when Jenny Jenny Pro­duc­tions came on board. And they have ran it for the past 10 years... It is re­ally a pro­fes­sional pro­duc­tion,” he said, while high­light­ing that the show has grown in its qual­ity, in terms of the va­ri­ety, the en­ter­tain­ment value and sup­port from the pub­lic.

For or­gan­iser Jen­nifer ‘Jenny Jenny’ Small, the day was a suc­cess. She was par­tic­u­larly pleased with the dif­fer­ent styles of­fered by the artistes, from the vin­tage to the con­tem­po­rary; like­wise the ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day. “And the food was good, not one per­son com­plained,” she ac­knowl­edged.

The cur­tain of the Grace Trop­i­cal Rhythms Port Royal Seafood Fes­ti­val 2016 came down with a two seg­ment con­cert.

Seg­ment one be­gan with an en­ter­tain­ing dance-off be­tween chil­dren of var­i­ous ages. They were fol­lowed by a num­ber of upand-com­ing artistes who per­formed some orig­i­nal ma­te­rial. And af­ter 15 min­utes of dance­hall treat­ment from dee­jays, of­fer­ing mu­si­cal se­lec­tions that were an ideal pre­cur­sor for seg­ment two, it was time to get the sec­ond half of the show on the way.

With the strong aroma of cooked food and the smell of the sea still min­gling in the air of the Port Royal foot­ball field, MC Pretty Boy Floyd took the stage. And it was show time. Prior to bring­ing on Downswell, he had the au­di­ence light­ing up their phone torches for the fallen chil­dren. Aptly, Downswell com­menced his set with It Al­ready Done. And the Ja­maican gospel artiste fol­lowed up with an­other pow­er­ful de­liv­ery, declar­ing, “Nah bow to nuh Satan”, while in­ject­ing spo­ken words be­fore his mu­si­cal min­istry. FIT­TING PER­FOR­MANCE

Ro­main Virgo, who was mind­ful of the na­ture of the fam­ily show, com­menced his act with a med­ley of his hit songs, in­clud­ing The Rain is Fall­ing. He took the au­di­ence back in time to his ‘Ris­ing Stars days’ with a taste of Percy Sledge’s

When A Man Loves A Woman, and more.

I-Oc­tane, on the other hand, took his set to the au­di­ence, climb­ing the perime­ter fence that sep­a­rated the au­di­ence from the stage and made his way to the videog­ra­pher’s ta­ble and en­ter­tained with some of his pop­u­lar songs.

Veter­ans Ad­mi­ral Bai­ley and Ninja Man were not to be out­done. Bai­ley re­minded the fans of dances like Della Move. And he had the adults rather ner­vous when the track of one of his ma­ture songs be­gan to play. “I am an ad­justable span­ner,” he as­sured them be­fore singing lyrics that were in line with the fam­ily show.

Then came the Ninja Man.

“Mi come fimek de­cency coun­ter­act mi pig­gish­ness,” he an­nounced be­fore singing Un­der Mi Love. There­after, he in­vited a skimpily at­tired Sta­cious to join him on­stage. To­gether, they ex­e­cuted an en­ter­tain­ing ban­ter that had the un­di­vided at­ten­tion of even the chil­dren. The Don Gor­gon then ended his act and sub­se­quently the fun day by re­quest­ing a dare from Jenny Jenny, who com­plied.

PHO­TOS BY MAR­CIA ROWE

Lishell Allen (right) poses with Shaneal and statue.

RO­MAIN VIRGO

KEVIN DOWNSWELL

Ninja Man and Sta­cious in per­for­mance.

Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Phillip Paulwell en­joy­ing the vibe.

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