Good music and company at Redbones

 

(L-R) Sangie Davis Carol Gonzalez Ras Abuna

PATRONS who were at the Redbones Blues Café last Friday are probably still raving about the musical treat served at the Kingston venue.

An evening of good music and good company is an apt description of singer/keyboardist Ozou’ne’s production, billed ‘Classically Cultural’.

Along with his Pon Fyah Band, which included trombonist Everald Gayle, Vivian Scott on trumpet, drummer Cliff ‘Bond’ Ellis and bassist Omar Francis, the mood was set by the opening suite of ska standards from The Skatalites.

Dressed in bandanna outfit, folklorist Faith D’ Aguilar, evoked laughter by imitating cultural icon Miss Lou before going into an equally humorous rendition of Mocking Bird Hill.

Then came spoken word performer Ginsu of Royal African Soldiers, who entertained with the poems, Praise to Jah, Land of Flies and City Lock. He was followed by emerging acts, the first of whom, Feraji, performed Babylon, Rastafari Chanting and Sensimina Love.

Next was Beckee, who did a dub piece which was highlighted by the folk song, Chi Chi Bud.

Veteran singer/songwriter/producer Sangie Davis scored big with To Make Ends Meet, Stay Alive, and Wake up and Live which he co-wrote with Bob Marley.

Another senior singer, Carol Gonzalez, closed the first segment with renditions of Human Nature, Say You Love, Nature Boy, Hallelujah, and 54-46.

D’Aguilar returned to get the second half going, singing The Carpenters’ On Top of the World and I Don’t Care.

The mellow sound of Damon Riley’s saxophone permeated the venue as he blew up a storm on Redemption Song, St Thomas, How Could I Live, and Alicia Keyes’ If I Ain’t Got You.

The audience warmed to Ozou’ne’s vocal and keyboard skills on You Got to be Wiser. Singer Demario McDowell began his interactive set with Peter Tosh’s enchanting Creation (Jah is my Keeper), taking the stage from the back of the audience. He did solid renditions of Hello and Suddenly.

Newcomer Le Ann made a strong impression, performing The Impressions’ Civil Rights anthem, People get Ready, Dawn Penn’s No No No, and Etta James’ At Last.

Asante Amen, who doubled as emcee and artiste, closed the show in fine style with The Heathen, Ms Chocolette Brown, All of Me, Only Rastafari and Real Revolutionary.

— Basil Walters

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