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Reggae Storm Reigns at Emancipation Park with Let Live Music Live

Taurus Riley

An deluge of Reggae acts were brought out to Emancipation Park, New Kingston, for the fourth staging of the annual Taurus Riley concert Let Live Music Live. With the exception of a few hiccups, it was a night of great music highlighting the breadth and diversity of talent in Jamaica’s music industry. It was a night that generally foregrounded talent over hype and the music reigned.

In keeping with the tradition of mega reggae concerts, even though it is a free event, Let Live Music Live 2012 was a long night of performances that stretched from 6:00pm to past midnight, presenting over six hours of steady entertainment. Many of these were among the current crop of big ticket artists such as Sizzla, I-Octane and Romain Virgo who each caused a minor bum-rush of the stage from excited fans who wanted to have their performance up close and very personal.

The breadth of artists to populate the stage raRomain Virgonged from veterans such as Tony Rebel to new comers Chronixx, bouyed by the rising popularity of his single ‘Odd Ras’ and Di Blue Print even more confident with their recent win of the Global Battle of the Bands 2012. There were also performances by several artists still waiting to make a name for themselves as well as performances by Queen Ifrica, C-Sharp, Roots Underground, Duane Stephenson, Mr. Vegas, Natel and Mystical Revolution and numerous others.

Riley, played both host and performer at the event. He shared hosting duties with Isis, Lady Renee and comedian and actor Christopher Daley. Together, Daley and Riley delved into the audience, stirring participation and generating laughter. When it was time for him to shelve his host duties, Riley thrilled the audience with ‘Lion Paw’ and ‘Never Leave I’. And though the audience demanded more, he kept to his own rules for the night, keeping the performance relatively short.

One of the few, less than stellar moments of the night came from Chuck Fender. The DJ started out well enough with his first piece and got a decent forward when he invoked a tribute to Buju Banton. However, by his third piece, Fender had overstayed his welcome and overshot his skill level, choosing to sing, or rather engage in light lyrical torture. The audience (and the stage manager) was therefore momentarily hijacked as they clearly wanted him to stop, but he was singing about the hallowed state of motherhood, and therefore there was no sensitive way to interrupt him. Stephen Newland of Roots Underground

But at the end, it was a marathon night of clean, good, sometimes great performances some which touched on the profound and others which dabbled with the silly. Let Live Music Live 2012 was a great tribute to live music in Kingston. It was a night that highlights that Taurus Riley isn’t only gifted with a big voice, but he has a very large spirit as well.