Musical Enchantment celebrates sweet 16
Despite ‘Big Ship Captain’ Freddie McGregor being a no-show at Sunday night’s Musical Enchantment, the annual event still managed to be a spectacular show, so much so that audience members did not seem to mind the disappointment. Pointing out that they had already received their money’s worth, the crowd said that McGregor’s absence could not spoil what was already a spectacular night for them on the grounds of the Stella Maris Church.
Classic music reigned supreme as the event celebrated its sweet 16. It was more than four hours of non-stop musical delight as act after act dished out one scintillating performance after another, with the audience soaking up every drop of every song served up by the night’s performers.
On a night which saw mesmerising performances from each of the acts, Gem Myers, Karen Smith and Dean Frazer were among the standout performers.
In true Gem Myers’ style, the renowned songbird thrilled with her rendition of some of the most popular Jamaican hits. Declaring that she was only sharing of her God-given talent, she blessed the audience with songs from reggae songstress Phyllis Dillion. Songs like If You Knew,I Only Have One Life to Live andStay Away soulfully connected with the crowd.
Just when you thought her performance couldn’t get any better, Myers had the audience eating out of the palm of her hands with covers of some of Whitney Houston’s timeless classics –Where Do Broken Hearts Go,I Have Nothing andAll at Once were some of the selections she served up.
Dean Frazer and Karen Smith were the evening’s other standout performers. Smith, a cabaret singer, and Frazer, a master saxophonist, each delivered solid performances. Frazer, offering up a slew of reggae selections in tribute to Reggae Month, captivated the audience. Not only did he woo the audience with the sweet melodies from his instrument, but he also led them in a singalong, as he showcased his versatility with songs like Tarrus Riley’sShe’s Royal, Chronixx’sLikes, and Beres Hammond’sGoodbye. Smith delivered a spectacular set which included Joya Landis’Moonlight Lover, Peaches and Herb’sI Pledge My Love to You and Luther Vandross’The Impossible Dream.
Ibo Cooper and friends (Sarina Constantine and Milton Hamilton), Alli McNab, and host Dwight Richards were the other performers of the night. Each held their own, giving patrons their money’s worth and leaving them musically satisfied.