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Strong sets open Rebel Salute

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Observer senior reporter
johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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THE muddy conditions due to afternoon rains on Friday could not dampen spirits during night one of Rebel Salute at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann. Thousands of reggae pilgrims soldiered through the wet conditions to take in the more than 12 hours of live performances, which concluded with firebrand chanter Anthony B near 9:00 am on Saturday.

Now a two-day event, Rebel Salute — which began as birthday celebration for singer Tony Rebel inside Brooks Park in Mandeville — is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Night one of this silver milestone was marked by strong performances, snappy band changes, and the overall vibe and experience that patrons have come to expect.

Songstress JC Lodge was among those from whom much was expected, and she did not disappoint.

The UK-based singer took a while to warm up to her audience, but once she got to her monster hits – More Than Words Can Say and Someone Loves You Honey — she had them. By the time she got to Telephone Love, they were all hers.

Other strong performances came from Da'Ville who has really matured as a performer. His duet with Marcia Griffiths was picture perfect. Show promoter Tony Rebel also gave strong showing early in the proceedings, as did Charly Black, Cocoa Tea, Bushman, Lutan Fyah, and Jesse Royal. Glacia Robinson brought church to Rebel Salute with a spirit-filled testimony.

Reggae ambassadors Third World added their charm and repertoire to the event at 5:40 am, dropping some of the 45-year-old band's favourites on the audience. Now That We Found Love, 95 Degrees, Forbidden Love, and Try Jah Love were complemented by a performance by Stephen “Cat” Coore of Bob Marley's Redemption Song on cello, as well as lead singer AJ Brown lending his vocals to the popular Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye).

Daybreak saw artistes such as Agent Sasco performing to great effect in front of an enthusiastic audience. It has been interesting to see his growth and maturity over the years from the youngster with plaits singing Girls Gone Wild, to a bona fide artiste who is able to hold the attention of weary patrons.

Richie Spice, who began began his set at 7:30, also gave an impressive showing.

Rebel Salute 25 concluded on Saturday, with 70s sensation Althia and Donna expected to be among the highlights.

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