A warm welcome for
published: Monday |
September 29, 2003
'Sir Coxsone' Dodd
BY numbers, Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd had a small homecoming session on
The turnout was very
small and the night quite chilly, but the session had everything else going for
it in terms of quality music, quality artistes and good old-fashioned community
Held at the Saffu Yard
at Charles Town in Portland, the event took the dedicated few who had attended
to the roots of reggae, and brought them up close to a few of the pioneers of
the Studio One era.
star-filled Portland sky, the lawns of Saffu Yard were fresh and were gently
touched by dew. Outside the lawns, a few booths offered boiled corn, soup,
freshly-cut cane, other fruits and cooked food.
Inside, the Vintage Rounded
sound system from St. Thomas juggled old hits while children ran around freely
and their parents sang along to the tunes. The adults seemed content with just
singing or just rocking slowly.
The Maroon atmosphere was
created when the Nayamka Drummers from Port Antonio took the stage. All decked
out in African garb, the six men and three women who performed put a spell on
the small crowd. They drummed and danced for half an hour without pause, sending
a few patrons twirling and spinning with delight.
Apparently impressed, one
exuberant patron who seemed 'under his rum' went to the edge of the stage and
started his own form of drumming. With his bare hands he passionately beat the
wooden floor of the stage for a good 10 minutes. He beat the stage with such
force that were he sober, he would have stopped in pain long before.
At showtime, ace selector King
Stit did emcee duties, describing each performer before they took the stage. A
frisky Jim Nastic was first. He walked and danced around the small stage
constantly, and did some quick knee lifts from time to time. For the small
crowd, just to hear the songs live seemed enough because they applauded Nastic
almost at his every word. He went through his catalogue and did
Galore and two more, before ending it
Murvin was cool and easy as he breezed through
Bad Man Posse
and Tief and
Cool Out Son
. While performing, Murvin urged the
young ones who were present to listen to his lyrics and take heed.
Jennifer Lara took the stage in
a warm and mellow mood. Accompanied by Nathan Sawyers, she urged the few inside
to congregate at the stage, which they did, and she looked in their eyes as she
sang the all-time favourite
up with Sawyers they went close to each other, looked lovingly into each other's
eyes and did a romantic performance of
, stopping it and starting it three
times due to the crowd response.
The Lone Ranger also teased the
crowd in his full blue suit. He engaged the crowd asking them to clap, sing
along or wave as he performed. He capped it off however when he did
, cutting through the chill of the
night and warming up the venue with his hits.