NEGRIL, Westmoreland — WHILST the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium sizzled with memorable performances from top acts at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa had its fair share of fireworks.
Playing host to reggae superstar Half Pint and the ever-popular Lloyd Parkes and We the People Band on Saturday, the resort’s guests were treated to an exclusive VIP musical event.
Orchestrated by the hotel’s sales team and the 74-member McCormick family, owners of McCormick Distilling Company out of the United States — who were vacationing at the resort — the performance caught the interest of other guests who were captivated by the magical sounds of reggae hits that brought many back to the era of the 80s and 90s.
“Our group had an exceptional time on Saturday,” voiced David Ross, one of the organisers of the event. He explained that the McCormicks, who are ardent fans of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, first witnessed Half Pint in action at last year’s event and fell in love with his music.
“The family always heads to Jamaica for Jazz and Blues, but having met Half Pint at last year’s festival they decided they wanted him for themselves this year,” continued Ross.
Up-and-coming artiste Clancy got the ‘irie’ nod from the group as he successfully opened the event with soothing chants, backed by thrilling instrumentals from We the People. His soulful renditions started off softly, gradually building momentum, and halfway into his performance he had reggae lovers rocking and dancing away on the resort’s Cabana Beach.
With the crowd paying homage to the smooth delivery from the promising star, the pace was set for the top performer, Half Pint, who emerged on stage much to the pleasure of the already delighted audience. Within seconds he had the crowd lost in time as he belted out popular hits such as Greetings, Mr Landlord, Winsome, and Substitute Lover.
The night ended on a high with Half Pint, Clancy and the band interacting and sharing lens time with the family who are already making plans for another splendid show in 2014.
(And here are some photos, courtesy of Ra-Umi Alkebulan.)