Mico De­liv­ers Evening of Mu­si­cal Ex­cel­lence

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT - Shere­ita Griz­zle Gleaner Writer

MU­SIC LOVERS got a treat over the week­end as the Mico Univer­sity Col­lege Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion held its evening of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel, New Kingston.

The con­cert, which was held in aid of out­fit­ting two SMART class­rooms on the Mico cam­pus, promised an evening of high-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment, and by all in­di­ca­tions, it did not dis­ap­point.

It was a tan­ta­lis­ing jour­ney of the high­est mu­si­cal pro­por­tions as guests were wowed by the en­ter­tain­ment pack­age.

The evening’s open­ing act, Dem Three Ja­maican Tenors, got things off to a mel­low start with some clas­si­cal mu­sic. The trio, clad in black and white en­sem­bles, thrilled the au­di­ence with each se­lec­tion. Song af­ter song, told a story, and the au­di­ence en­joyed their set so much that they were more than will­ing to fol­low the trio’s nar­ra­tive, which, from time to time, led to out­bursts of laugh­ter from the in­ti­mate gath­er­ing. By the time they were through, the crowed was amped up and ready for the next act.

The out­stand­ing Kimiela ‘Candy’ Isaacs was up next, and im­me­di­ately cap­tured the at­ten­tion of the crowd as she belted out the lyrics to a clas­sic Ella Fitzger­ald num­ber. Then, as if her vo­cal range wasn’t enough to to­tally woo the au­di­ence, she was backed by the Skool Band, which in­cluded the likes of renowned drum­mer Desi Jones. She could do no wrong as she belted out the lyrics af­ter huge hits from one great singer to an­other. Dur­ing her set, she de­liv­ered ren­di­tions of Tina Turner’s Proud Mary and Whit­ney Hous­ton’s One Mo­ment in Time. Her per­for­mance was so good that the em­cee re­quested an­other song and the au­di­ence did not ob­ject. She closed off her stel­lar set with Jimmy Cliff’s Many River s to Cross.

ROCK­ING AU­DI­ENCE

King Sounds later pro­vided a good change of pace for the au­di­ence with a switch to reg­gae. Songs like Book of Rules, I Shall Sing, and I Shall Be Re­leased were a few of the songs he de­liv­ered that had the au­di­ence rock­ing. He got the crowd ready for the clos­ing act, Ernie Smith.

They had an­tic­i­pated his per­for­mance all night, so when Smith touched the stage, he did so to a re­sound­ing round of ap­plause. The au­di­ence were taken on a trip down memory lane as he de­liv­ered some of his great­est hits, in­clud­ing Groovin, Pit­ter Pat­ter, and All For Je­sus. He got guests to move out of their seats with his ren­di­tion of URoy’s I’m Go­ing To Wear You and kept them danc­ing as he de­liv­ered a trib­ute to the late John Holt.

Smith pro­vided a fitting close to an evening of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence and the alumni achieved some of what it set out to do with the con­cert as one of the two class­rooms will be fully out­fit­ted in the com­ing months and will be named in hon­our of Ru­dolph Sa­muel Robin­son, who was a Mi­co­nian from 1935-1937. The class­room costs $US3 mil­lion.

Dem Three Ja­maican Tenors, in per­for­mance at Mico’s Evening of Ex­cel­lence.

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