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Nadine Sutherland and Friends bring 'Fabulous' Heat to Redbones
Kingston: On Friday night, Redbones the Blues Cafe lit up to the sounds of Nadine Sutherland and an impressive cadre of friends. The night, dubbed Nadine Sutherland and Friends, and hosted by Kiki, featured guest performances from Marcia Griffiths, Tony Rebel, and the night’s shocker, Terror Fabulous.
Fabulous who fell off the dancehall grid at the height of his career has been missing in action for several years. His duo with Sutherland, ‘Action’ from 1994 came at the height of both their careers.
As Sutherland explained to the audience, she hadn’t revealed to anyone which friends would be performing with her, prior to the show. So the calibre of guest performances heightened the evening’s entertainment value.
“I’ve had this little idea to just sing and perform and that the should would just grow and grow,” Sutherland confessed to the audience. She also reminded them that she was the first Tastee Talent Competition winner, from which she had earned a recording contract with Tuff Gong Studios.
With that she delved into the earliest part of her career, selecting ‘Starvation on the Land’ which was recorded as a result of the contract at the Tuff Gong Studios.
“I’m very proud tonight to be singing my little girl songs,” she laughingly confessed with a smile that would remain firmly in place for most of the night. Along with her “little girl” pieces, Sutherland performed a wide range of songs including ‘Wicked and Wild”, “I’m in Love’, ‘Baby Face’ as well as her more recent pieces like ‘Cougar’, which were a testament to the years she has spent in the music industry.
Sutherland revealed pieces of her history, her tastes and her experiences between songs, suggesting that the “and Friends” part of the night included the audience. Her confessions would include the continued illusiveness of love and her secret childhood wish to be one of the iconic I-Threes.
Though she was never a part of the trio, she had made friends with them as Marcia Griffiths’ performance on the show attested. Griffiths delighted the audience with ‘Stepping Out of Babylon’ and the first few lines demanded an immediate pull-up.
Tony Rebel also proved a great hit with the audience. After he delivered ‘Sweet Jamaica’, the audience demanded that he return to the stage and provide more than the sole song. Rebel acquiesced delivering a medley of some of his greatest hits.
The night also included a performance by up and coming artist Natel, who Sutherland had helped bring to national attention by making him her wild card on the hit reality TV series Digicel Rising Stars.
However, it was Sutherland’s final surprise guest who would totally floor the audience. She had been in the middle of her dance hall segment touching on a slew of collaborations form the mid-1990s. The first was ‘Please Me‘ which she had recorded with Spragga Benze followed by ‘Anything For You’ recorded with Snow, Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Terror Fabulous. Finally, she pulled for ‘Action’ and in doing so called on Terror Fabulous.
The audience went wild and at the end of the song they were calling for more. “Gangster Paradise!” one man yelled, clearly on of the gravely voiced DJ’s signature pieces ‘Ganster Anthem’. Their wish was not the be granted. In an attempt to appease, Sutherland returned to ‘Anything for You‘ and Fabulous joined her this time around. He was clearly warmed up to do more by then, but the young band, Earth Cry comprising alumni at the Edna Manley College, was unable to facilitate.