Wail­ing Souls to head­line Stars R Us


The highly an­tic­i­pated Stars R Us con­cert show­case will shine on Oc­to­ber 20 at the Ranny Wil­liams En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in St An­drew with a su­per­star cast of artistes from the 1970s and 1980s, a con­fir­ma­tion of rock­steady/root-reg­gae’s con­tin­ued stay­ing power.

“Rock­steady and reg­gae are for­ever. In fact, Stars R Us is the only au­then­tic vin­tage show left on the en­ter­tain­ment cal­en­dar, so ev­ery rock­steady and reg­gae fan needs to come out for a truly fan­tas­tic night of mu­sic. The Wail­ing Souls haven’t worked here for 10 years, they are fly­ing in spe­cially from LA for this event,” Marvin ‘Horse­man’ Pit­ter­son said.

The Wail­ing Souls are a Ja­maican reg­gae vo­cal group whose ori­gins date back to the 1960s. They are known for the hits Old Broom and Things and Times Will Tell.

The rock­steady re­vival that started in the late 1980s was still go­ing strong when Pit­ter­son launched Stars R Us in 2000. A num­ber of sim­i­lar shows, such as Heineken Star­time, have called it quits, but Pit­ter­son be­lieves that there is still a place for vin­tage shows.

“Last year, we had a great turnout be­cause peo­ple al­ways sup­port vin­tage shows,” he said.

The lat­est edi­tion of Stars R Us will fea­ture a glit­ter­ing col­lec­tion of stars, in­clud­ing Carl Dawkins, Big Youth, Ge­orge Nooks, Ad­mi­ral Ti­bet, Jah Cut­ter, Paul El­liott, Robert Sergeant, Half Pint, Ad­mi­ral Bai­ley, and Josey Wales.

Lloyd Parkes and the We The Peo­ple band will back all the per­form­ers.

The Souls, which come to­gether in Trench Town dur­ing the 1960s, had a hit run at Chan­nel One in the mid- and late 1970s, but rarely per­form in Ja­maica.

“This edi­tion of Stars R Us is go­ing to be a pow­er­house. It is a show that you don’t want to miss if you are a bona fide mu­sic lover,” said Pit­ter­son.

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