Bob Andy Unplugged

Bob Andy Unplugged

Written by Editor

Topics: Music, Parties & Festivals

For a little over three hours in the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium on October 28, an outstanding cadre of performers delivered some 30 songs penned by celebrated Jamaican songwriter Keith “Bob Andy” Anderson – a fitting tribute to the living legend and his enduring legacy. Seated in the front row of the packed auditorium, Andy delighted in the show, which was titled, “Bob Andy Unplugged: Tribute to the Songwriter”.

Under the arrangements of Ibo Cooper, Peter Ashbourne and Sean Michael Harris, vintage and new school artists performed timeless hits from Andy’s extensive catalogue, which spans more than 50 years. The introductory segment featured the likes of Myrna Hague, Cezar, Della Manley, Kathy Brown, Mutabaruka, Kai Wakeling, Maurice Gordon, Georgia Henry, Sean Michael Harris, Soul 4 Soul and Dwight Richards with a remarkable rendition of “My Time”. Andy closed the programme’s first segment with “Friends”, backed by Desi Jones’ band.

Dwight Richards

Myrna Hague

“It’s like coming back from the dead…I’m having trouble composing myself. Normally people’s lives are celebrated when they have passed on. This could have been my funeral…but it’s my celebration. The emotions are overwhelming…I’m trying to recall a happier day in my life and I can’t,” said Andy during a heartfelt talk with the audience.

The second half featured Lloyd Parkes & We the People Band with a 32-piece orchestra accompanying Marcia Griffiths, Pam Hall, Tony Rebel, AJ Brown, Ken Boothe and Ibo Cooper on the harmonica.

Dean Fraser’s Band took the third and final segment, which opened with Nambo Robinson’s presentation of “Ska Music”, followed by Nadine Sutherland (“Feel Like Jumping”) and Chevaughn (“Fire Burning”). Big Youth had the audience entranced with “Zion”. Marcia Griffiths also made her second appearance in the final segment with “It’s Impossible” – a classic Andy love ballad. Others in the set also included: Natel, Denyque, Protoje, Luciano and Freddie McGregor.

Big Youth

Marcia Griffith

Protoje

Denyque

Junior Lincoln, producer of the tribute concert, conveyed the gratitude of the production team for the response garnered by the event.

“We thank everyone for their labour of love on this project and not only helping to make it a success, but also helping to re-cement Bob as one of the industry’s consummate songwriters of our time,” said Lincoln.

Bob Andy in giving thanks to all on Friday night said, “All the love I missed as a child, is here in this auditorium tonight. Thank you.”

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