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Mary J Blige Brings Drama to Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2013

Mary J Blige

Mary J Blige brought the second night of Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2013 to a high energy close at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. From her dramatic monologue which provided the intro to her set, Ms Blige sent the night into overdrive, blasting off with ‘Aint Nobody’ before delving into hits such as ‘Family Affair’, ‘Not Gon’ Cry’, ‘I’m Going Down’ and ‘No More Drama’. She had the audience singing and dancing along.

“Mary Blige mi seh!” yelled one excited fan, underscoring his pleasure at her dramatic, engaging performance. Ms. Blige ended her set with the haunting ‘Love No Limit’, and had the venue singing and dancing along throughout her performance.

Blige’s high energy was a great counter point to Michael Bolton who was enjoyable but lack-lustre. Bolton has a great repertoire to pull from and his smokey soulful voice is always a pleasure to hear, however his delivery could have easily been replaced by a good recording. Even so, as he pulled on favourites such as Otis Redding’s ‘(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay’, ‘Said I Loved You But I Lied’ and ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’, before slightly revving up his performance with Aint No Mountain High Enough’,  and sprinkled a touch of the classical music with ‘The Prayer’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’, it was certainly an enjoyable performance.

The night also featured a touch of jazz through a performance by celebrated saxophonist Arturo Tappin as well as a strong serving of Reggae via performances by Etana and the band Raging Fyah.  

Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival took place from Friday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26, 2013 at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium, on the outskirts of the historic Falmouth. Friday night featured a slew of Reggae performers including Roots Underground, Shakka Demus and Pliers and Third World. The three-day festival ended with performances by Monica, Deon Warwick, KC and the Sunshine Band and John Legend.