A whole love of Jamaica, a whole lotta love…..
Promoters of the event promised a great show with “Memba when the music was sweet? Come out to hear some of the people who made the music happen!!” They were dead on the money. From beginning to end there wasn’t an unhappy face in the crowd during the 4.5 hours that featured some of the best Jamaican music Toronto has ever seen.
CHRY 105.5 Radio’s Danae Peart hosted the standing room only show featuring Sang and a slew of the top Jamaica singers including Derrick Harriott, Boris Gardiner, Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison, Lloyd Delpratt and Everton “Pablo” Paul.
Letters of tribute from those unable to attend had Herman Sang tearing up as he was presented with an award. Sang was Clement Coxson Dodd’s first session pianist in the late 1950s and the earliest recordings of the Jamaican music industry in the pre-Ska era.
Gardiner was hilarious, had the place hopping. The band may not have had his tracks down but the DJ did allowing the show to go on for the Jamaican singer whose song I Want to Wake Up With You topped the UK charts in 1986.
From such a small island Jamaica’s music touches almost every genre out there from Motown classics to the latest hip-hop hit. The island vibe gets people of all ages on their feet, moving to the beat. When the vibrations can get a lady in her 70s shaking it up on the stage you know the party is rocking.