Beres Hammond was due to appear both here and at the IndigO2 but cancelled his appearance because his drummer was not allowed into the country. Although it’s a huge disappointment, we still have two legends of Jamaican music on the bill tonight.
First up, it’s Marcia Griffiths who receives a huge welcome and launches into “Feel Like Jumping”. From there, we get a selection of her hits as well as Ska classics from her contemporaries such as Toots Hibbert’s “54-46” and Desmond Dekker’s “Israelites”. She introduces her son Taff, who proceeds to sing Bob Andy’s parts on “Young Gifted and Black”.A rousing version of “Could You Be Loved” also goes down well. It’s a crowd pleasing selection of great songs from a veteran performer, delivered with the enthusiasm of someone who knows how to put on a show.
The individual members of Morgan Heritage have been working on different projects for the past few years but have a new album “Here Come The Kings” to promote. They start with “Return To Roots And Culture”, their declaration of intent regarding the current state of Reggae, before playing the classics “Don’t Haffi Dread” and “Down By The River”.
Both Peetah and Gramps are in good voice, with Gramps taking a couple of solos on “Perfect Love Song” and “Coulda Deejay”.
Again we’re treated to a group who know how to put on a show and it’s a great set with no filler.
Considering the obvious disappointment of Beres not being there it was still a great show by two major forces in the world of Reggae.