Report/Photos: Syreeta K, Reggae Vibes Radio
The overcast skies could not tame the warmth of the music that emanated from the local and international reggae artists and bands that performed at Reggae in the Park held at the Mann Centre in Philadelphia on Sunday, August 3, 2014.
The Reggae Vibes Radio team arrived in time to see Inner Circle deliver a scintillating performance as they showcased some of the crowd favourites from their extensive repertoire spanning over thirty years. The lead singer kept the patrons singing in tune to the melodies from the Lewis brothers on bass guitar. The band wrapped up their time on stage with hits like “Bad Boys” and “Sweat (A La La La La Long)”.
Next on the main stage was the Royal Family of Reggae founded in honour of the late Denroy Morgan. Morgan Heritage lived up to their name, and commanded the attention of the patrons. Each member demonstrated that they were masters of their craft as the personalities shun through with every step they took and every note they played or sang to the delight of the patrons.
There was hardly ever a dull moment on the stage as during band changes the patrons were enticed to continue singing the lyrics of various reggae artists played by Djs such as Hyperactive and Federation Sound and local acts such as El-Feco.
The Expendables, based out of Santa Cruz, California delivered a nice 30 minute set.
David Brooks better known as Mavado was next on the stage. The Gully God reminded the ladies why he’s still “So Special” as he moved to charm some ladies lucky enough to shake his hand. “The Gangsta for Life” reeled out hit after hit and there was no doubt why the patrons wanted more as he exited the stage.
Also on stage from Jamaica was dancehall artist Garfield Spence aka Konshens backed by The Subkonshus Band who had patrons moving to his dance tunes including “Gal a Bubble” “Do Sumpin” and his famous collaboration with Taurus Riley “Good Girl Gone Bad”. Patrons could not get enough of Mr. Spence who charmed the ladies with his lyrics and smiles.
Steel Pulse was the last band to hit the stage before the final act Matisyahu entered the stage at about 10:30 p.m. to close the show. Although we missed most of their performance we could hear the patrons singing along to Steel Pulse’s famous hits from back stage and we were eager to return to witness the performance for ourselves. We made it back in time to see the really classic dance performances of maestros Jerry “Saxman” Johnson and Amlak “Ambassador” Tafari as lead singer David “Dread” Hinds gyrated to the sounds from the instruments.
Hats off to the organizers for a show well coordinated and to Destine Media for allowing Reggaevibesradio to be a part of the reporting team for the event. I know some patrons are already waiting with baited breath to hear the line up for next year.