Sanchez sizzles at PAN Chicken finals
Internationally acclaimed reggae artiste Sanchez showed his class on Sunday night at the CB PAN Chicken finals held at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre in St Andrew.
Patrons who descended on the venue did not only get a taste of some of the best tasting jerk chicken on the island, but were also fed by the equally appetising entertainment.
The night saw performances from several artistes, including Iba Mahr, Future Fambo, Kevin Downswell, and more.
All the acts put in exceptional performances, thrilling guests with one satisfying selection after the other, but Sanchez was among the standout performances of the night. The veteran artiste rarely performs at local events so just to be graced by his presence was enough to send the Half Way Tree crowd in a frenzy.
Whispers of "a long time mi nuh see Sanchez" from several members of the audience was testament to just how rare his local performances are. The soulful singer entered the stage to loud screams and applause from the riled up audience.
As soon as the singer belted out the first set of notes, the crowd erupted once more and the crooner, feeding off the energy from the audience, was unstoppable as he sang one thrilling hit after the other.
He had the crowd totally captivated with songs like Never Dis Di Man, Are You Still In Love With Me, One In A Million and Brown Eyes. The female patrons were particularly pleased with his set as he wooed them with his smooth vocals.
He came to perform but the entertainer also had a message for Jamaica. Saddened by the recent stabbing of Jamaica College's student Nicholas Francis, the singer urged Jamaicans to practise more love in the everyday lives. He labelled the killing as senseless as he sang a rendition of You Raise Me Up in tribute to those lives lost by violence.
Though Sanchez was the talk of the night in terms of performances, Taurus Riley and Beenie Man were equally excellent in their delivery. Both entertainers have their all onstage as they belted out several crowd favourites from their extensive record.
Riley thrilled with his usually impressive vocals, while the king of the dancehall lit up the stage with his effervescent personality and his unprecedented stage presence. The performances were so satisfying that even after the show ended patrons lingered as if hoping for more.