Feature by Empress K – Editor at Reggae Reflection
Preceding the show, the Caribbean Fever Music Festival Award presentations were made to stalwarts and veterans in the music industry, City Council and NY State Senate citations were also handed out to Gil Bailey, Francine Chin, Pat McKay and Doug E. Fresh with recognition given to the medical field in the personage of Dr. Velma Scantleburry-White. Don Bobb, former WLIB presenter, John Melbourne Financial Controller for Inner City Broadcasting, Neville Bush, former Inner City Broadcasting account executive, Edwin Howe VP Records, Dee Jay Roy from Road International, Chris the DubMaster from Dubmasters International, hitmaker for Harry Belafonte – Irving Burgie, Composer and Jumane Williams City Councilman.
The warm up acts did well, despite some miss-steps and nervous demeanor at performing before the almost full to capacity venue of the now celebrated state of the art performing and sports arena known as the Barclay Center. T-Micky Kompa artist and son of Haitian musician turned politician Sweet Mickey and his band set the mood for the Caribbean party night to follow.
Caribbean Queen Allison Hinds takes the stage
Old School Hip hop gets the crowd rocking!
Morgan Heritage Represents Roots Reggae for the evening
Caribbean Fever Donates $10,000 to Sandy Storm areas of Canarsi and Far Rockaway
All of the performers mentioned the recent unbearable tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings which took the lives of 20 innocent 6 and 7 year olds, together with 6 of their teachers and administrators. Perhaps the most poignant and tear-jerking moment of the show was Peeta of Morgan Heritage’s call for the house lights to be dimmed to illuminate the twinkling of thousands of cellphones in the auditorium. Mr. Vegas topped his set with a beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I look to you” (reminding all in attendance of his great singing voice) before going into “I am Blessed”, exiting the stage after a brief performance of his summer blockbuster ‘Bruk it Dung”. Cham, absent from New York stages for a while also turned in a good performance with his smooth and sexy dance moves, one highlight being his surprise guest – none other than bad girl of rap – Foxy Brown! He closed his set with a collaboration with ‘O’ his wife currently riding the charts extolling the virtues of her good pudenda! Premier sound system out of Japan, Mighty Crown filled in nicely in between sets and also had a chance in the spotlight to show their prowess and celebration of their love of Jamaican dancehall music.
Machel Montano HD delivers a fiery finale to the show.
Caribbean Fever brought together Caribbean folks who for one night at least forgot their differences and came together as One.
Sheron Hamilton-Pearson was born in London but resides in NYC. A writer, she has had articles published at www.jamaicans.com, www.jamlink.com andwww.imagesnewsletter.com and has provided news stories to Street Hype Newsletter. She recently won an autographed copy of the book “Who’s Your Daddy” by Jamaican writer Geoffrey Philp for her short story “Growing up without Dad”.
She covers a wide range of topics, happenings in the Caribbean music industry and her local Bronx community. She hosts The Conduit show – a weekly magazine style 3 hour weekly radio program on www.e2onair.com or www.ustream.tv/channel/reggae-nation.