Mak­ing mem­o­ries at the Cor­ner

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by Donna Sealy

If any­one told you how fan­tas­ti­cally awe­some the Three Kings were at Ma­halia’s Cor­ner last Sun­day, be­lieve the hype.

It was an ex­plo­sive, en­velop­ing, spine tin­gling, goose bump kind of ex­pe­ri­ence that John Yarde, Alix Cage and Raphael Saul treated the au­di­ence to from the sec­ond they hit the stage un­til the end. It was all of that and then some.

From reg­gae to pop to gospel these men did it all and they were ap­plauded each time. Some peo­ple were en­veloped in that won­der­ful mu­si­cal har­mony they brought to the stage that they stood, sang along, laughed at their play­ful an­tics and mem­o­ries, cheered, and ap­plauded.

To­gether they did How Far I’ll Go, Far From Fin­ished, Ri­hanna’s Di­a­monds as never heard be­fore with an in­sert of This Lit­tle Light Of Mine that should have re­ceived a cou­ple “amens”, be­fore the three sang their own orig­i­nals: Cage’s Don’t Be­lieve Me, Saul’s I Won’t Com­plain and Yarde’s in­fec­tious and groovy tes­ti­mony Friends And Fam­ily.

They then hit the au­di­ence at the Lloyd Ersk­ine San­di­ford Cen­tre with a med­ley of pop­u­lar reg­gae tunes such as Foot­print, Siz­zla’s Be Strong and when Saul said “rah” the au­di­ence went wild. Then they dropped Al­ways On My Mind and with­out enough time to re­cover from the sweet vibes they con­tin­ued to ride that crescendo with Seal’s Kiss From A Rose be­fore be­ing joined by 2 Mile Hill Michael Jack­son’s I’ll Be There.

As Cage said dur­ing their per­for­mance, it was a triple fea­ture with each artiste stand­ing in the glow of the spot­light and show­cas­ing their abil­ity to sing, en­gage and al­low for From left,

peo­ple to see them for who they are and sing along with them.

The ques­tion I had af­ter their per­for­mance ended was when’s the next time the Three Kings as they were dubbed by the band were the fea­tured act, would be to­gether?

It is al­ways a plea­sure to watch 2 Mile Hill and from the be­gin­ning they set the tone for what was in­deed a great evening show­cas­ing Bar­ba­dian tal­ent.

With an old school set that in­cluded Lau­ryn Hill’s That Thing, Faith Evans’ Love Like This, Eve’s Blow Ya Mind and TLC’S Scrubs, they brought back happy mem­o­ries of good mu­sic and night­clubs.

There was also their 2018 re­lease Get Over, their soul­ful Set You Free and Voice’s Year For Love.

But the song that peo­ple will long re­mem­ber is Aretha Franklin’s Nat­u­ral Women per­formed by Ma­halia, Nikita and Betty Grif­fith­payne. That verve, har­mony and their out­stand­ing voices were riv­et­ing! They should con­sider record­ing it.

Ma­halia’s Cor­ner wel­comed 12-year-old Trin­ity Clarke, fresh from a tour of the Caribbean and the United States. She was in good voice and cer­tainly gained new fans af­ter per­form­ing God Is Good and Wind Be­neath My Wings which she ded­i­cated to her mother Ka­reen.

Vince, Faith Mur­rell, Jai Sy­mone, Leanna Lloyd and Larix per­formed in the open mic ses­sion. The lat­ter per­formed Run­away which will be on her new al­bum. (GBM)

Nikita, Betty Grif­fith-payne and Ma­halia teamed up to do a set.

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