Patra set to excite at charity concert
Dancehall artiste Patra is the latest act to be added to the line-up of the highly anticipated Powerful Men and Women Perform for Charity show. This will be the entertainer’s first performance on local soil in years.
Born Dorothy Smith in Jamaica, Patra is a world-famous reggae icon with a string of crossover dancehall hits. In the 1990s, she was part of the successful Specs/Shang team led by Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon.
Organisers of the event say Patra’s performance is guaranteed to bring more excitement to a show that is already packed with quality entertainers.
“She has a lot in store for the patrons and should bring a lot of excitement, for which she was known, to her performance,” said Cordel Green, chairman of the show’s production committee.
Green also revealed that Patra will have a special guest joining her on stage and should put in a world-class performance.
It is not surprising that Patra will draw some interest as she has achieved quite a bit in her career.
She first got noticed as a featured singer on the Shabba Ranks’ song Family Affair in 1994. She later topped charts with songs like Worker Man, Romantic Call (featuring Yo-Yo) and a cover of Grace Jones’ Pull Up To The Bumper. Her singles have secured 15 Billboard chart appearances during her career, including her first number-one single, Worker Man, which topped the Billboard Dance Chart in 1994.
Her first two albums, Queen Of The Pack, and Scent Of Attraction, both reached number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart in 1993 and 1995, respectively. Scent Of Attraction also reached number 28 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart in 1995.
Meanwhile, the show, which is scheduled for the National Indoor Sports Centre on June 4, is gearing up to be an exciting one. A number of public figures, politicians and leaders of corporate Jamaica are expected to perform at the annual event.