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Dems jam in rain

by Leigh-ann Worrell

dlpellertonentertianedHuddled under umbrellas, hiding under platforms or sheltering under a tent, the sizable audience at the Ellerton playing field withstood the battering showers to listen to music and messages on Saturday night.

With a crop of mostly homegrown acts, the Democratic Labour Party’s Youth Rally seemed to please the palates of the mixed crowd of supporters gathered at the St. George venue. After a DJ set from Ras and Chasey to get the crowd grooving, Strategy was the first live act of the night, singing a mix of lead singer Kirk Brown’s originals, Trinidadian soca hits as well as some reggae and dancehall. Definitely one of the favourite songs of the night was Brown’s different take on this year’s Bunji Garlin hit, Differentology, confirming that all “Dems” present were ready for the road come February 21.

Up and coming reggae singer Amber impressed with Etana’s I am Not Afraid and her original song, Fussing and Fighting, as did Bobo who coloured the crowd with Mud, Paint and encouraged those present to Support Ya Own.

The ever popular Fari kept the vibes high right after Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Stephen Lashley made several promises to the island’s artistes, athletes and unemployed.

While the performers and DJs were able the keep the crowd in a good mood, it was just after midnight that the whole place did indeed “mash up”.

Drawing the audience from the corners of the field to the front of the stage, Soka Kartel brought the night alive — and apparently kept the showers at bay, for a medley of Anderson Blood Armstrong and Michael Mikey Mercer’s hottest tunes, including Foot on Fire, Pavement Anticipation and songs from Crop-Over 2012.

“Jah’s Messenger”, Luciano closed out the night with blessings and praise.

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