A Night With R&B Greats For Father's Day


By: Olimatta Taal

billyoceansexygirlsbeyoncejayzrihanna.jpgIt was a night down memory lane as R&B legends Billy Ocean, James Ingram and others performed to a scarcely filled lawn at the Constant Spring Golf Club. In celebration of father's day, the Kings of Souls Concert took patrons on a nostalgic ride to remember.

Christopher Martin opened up, delivering a series of covers from artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Sam Cooke. He ended with an original piece that hand the audience in awe of his beautiful range.

Formerly The Delphonics, The Phonics took the audience by storm with hits like, La La La, I Love You. This was their first show in Jamaica since the 70s. The Manhattans presented classical hits like Shining Star and Feels So Good To Be Loved So Bad. Both groups represented the originality of soul through coordination of dance movements, dress, and harmonies.

The women went absolutely crazy when Shai hit the stage proving that they still had the charm. If I Ever Fall in Love could be heard from the lips of the female patrons singing along to this No. 2 Billboard single from the 90s.

It was clear that the people came to see Billy Ocean who was in a great jovial but mellow mood. Resembling Reggae Legends John Holt or Bob Andy, with his locks, Ocean was graceful as he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hands. This Trinidadian born musician went through a number of chart topping hits including There'll be Sad Songs To Make You Cry, Get Out of My Dreams, Suddenly, Lover Boy and When The Going Gets Tough, leaving fans thirsty for more.

"I give credit and love to Jamaica for giving Reggae music to the world," beamed Billy Ocean backstage after the show. Declaring his embrace of Rastafari he explained, "Jamaica gave Bob Marley to the world, I give thanks." This was Ocean's first time in Jamaica and he was elated to be performing for this audience.

Arriving in a stretch limousine, James Ingram made a special appearance at the Kingston show, which was part two in a series. The first one was held at Island Village in Ochio Rios on Saturday. The crowd dwindled down to about fifty people as he sang Just Once, Somewhere Out There, PYT, which he said he wrote for Michael Jackson, Where Did My Heart Go, Baby Come to Me and many other favorites. It was a night of enjoyment for all.