Life Fest celebrates peace and love

Life Fest celebrates peace and love

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Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

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Spragga, Tosh1 and Damian Marley at Life Fest 2010

The presence of reggae royalty Damian and Stephen Marley, the legendary Bunny Wailer, Caribbean soca queen Alison Hinds, UK soul man Liam Bailey and American R&B songstress Jazmine Sullivan provided cachet and international flavour to the Life Fest Peace and Love Concert, which was staged  at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on May 1.

Organised by deejay Spragga Benz through his charitable Carlyle Foundation, which was named in honour of his son who was fatally shot by the police two years ago, the event attracted somewhere in the region of 4,000 persons. In addition to the above-mentioned performers, the show attracted some of the hottest acts on the local music scene, which was testament to the concert’s growth in only its second year and the strong support of the entertainment fraternity for its message of peace and love.

The show failed to start on time, but once the opening acts touched the stage all was forgiven. The Big Ship family of Laden, Chino and Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor were the first established acts to perform, after which Spragga Benz made the first of his many appearances on the night.

“Big up everybody who support this and want to see Jamaica move forward and support love…this is about bringing factions together. Good must overcome,” said the veteran deejay, before he launched into hits such as Rasta Run The World and the event’s theme song Peace.

In his debut performance in Jamaica, Tosh1, the last child of reggae trailblazer and Wailers member Peter Tosh, covered a few of his father’s hits before performing original hip-hop material. He called Bunny Wailer – the last living member of the Wailers – to the stage, and together they performed Get Up, Stand Up.

Liam Bailey, with guitar in hand, provided a short burst of soul before Jazmine Sullivan appeared on stage and performed Bust Your Windows, Lions, Tigers and Bears and the reggae-influenced Need U Bad, her three biggest hits to date. Alison Hinds, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, Assassin (Agent Sasco), Richie Spice and Capleton graced the stage before the Marley brothers closed the show in fine style. Proceeds from the event will go towards charities in the area of education.

1 Comment For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Jessica says:

    Great to see something positive emerging from a sad situation, especially at a time when the music industry is overwhelmed by negative elements.

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