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Top-shelf performances bring the curtain down on Reggae Month


Reggae and dancehall lovers were treated to a second day of solid performances as another set of the genres’ top acts delivered for an online audience Saturday at Global Reggae Night 2 to commemorate Reggae Month.

Tessanne Chin, Alborosie, Marcia Griffiths, Tarrus Riley and I-Octane kept the fire burning throughout the one-and-a-half-hour event, which built on Friday’s first night that had Omi, Leroy Sibbles, Koffee and Capleton.

The performances were recorded live at the Creative Production and Training Centre (CPTC) with media personality Yendi Philips hosting.

Tessanne opened with ‘Be The One’ before an inspiring cover version of reggae legend Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song’ and closed with ‘Hideaway’.

‘Diversity’ was Alborosie’s opener before he was joined by his wife and backup singer Sandy Smith, who did Etana’s part of ‘Blessings’, as he closed with ‘Living Dread’.

'Queen of Reggae' Marcia Griffiths’ performance was mainly tributes to Jamaica's late musical stalwarts. After opening with ‘What Kind Of World’ she paid homage to Culture with ‘Capture Rasta’ and honoured Bob Andy, who wrote many of her songs, with ‘Mark My Words’, ‘When You’re In Love’ and ‘All My Life’.

Griffiths then did her original ‘Steppin’ Out A Babylon’ before ending with her version of Marley's 'Three Little Birds’.

Tarrus Riley performed ‘Love’s Contagious’, ‘Just The Way You Are’ and his breakthrough single ‘She Is Royal’. He only did the intro for ‘Lion Paw’ before singing the first verse of ‘Never Leave’, then segueing into ‘Simple Blessings’ and ‘Lighter’, with different members of the band taking the lead to play the instrumental of Shenseea’s part.

Tarrus paid tribute to his father, Jimmy Riley, with versions of ‘Rougher Yet’ and ‘Love And Devotion’, before closing with ‘Gimme Likkle One Drop’.

I-Octane and his dancers brought energy with ‘No Shaky Link’, ‘Buss A Blank’, ‘Next’, ‘Someone To Love’, and ‘Walk With Jah Jah’.

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