Teino Evans, Staff Reporter
Morgan Heritage - file
It was all positive vibe and rounded entertainment for the thousands of patrons who turned out for the Red Label Wine East Fest show held at the Good Year Oval in Yallahs, St. Thomas last Saturday night.
In keeping with the show's foundation of love and unity, the show, originated by the Morgan family (Morgan Heritage), went on well into the early morning with most acts giving outstanding performances.
The likes of Warrior King came and declared he would 'Never do what the heathens do', Pressure offered some Love and Affection and Demarco remembered the Fallen Soldiers.
The intensity of the performances increased a few notches when T.O.K took the stage, all four members clad in full white suits sang favourites like Gal Yuh A Lead, Solid As A Rock and No Way, before Flexx said, "mi feel like sey mi fi tek dem pon a journey."
They then proceeded to perform a couple hits from their archives, including Chi Chi Man before completing their set on stage with Footprints and Guardian Angel.
It was Richie Spice's entrance on stage at 1:10 a.m., however, that got the fireworks started, as he delivered tune after tune, among them, Blood Again, Earth A Run Red, Groovin My Girl, Brown Skin and Black Like A Tar.
Jah Mason, Chuck Fendah, Cherene Anderson and Lutan Fyah also delivered energetic sets on stage, but it was the veteran singer, Sanchez, who had the ladies wrapped up in his love songs, as he declared, Never Gonna Let You Down and Missing You Now.
"I just want to take time out to give thanks for this gathering and for being on one more stage," Sanchez said as he went into his popular version of Amazing Grace'. Needless to say, even after Sanchez left the stage, patrons were shouting, "more, more, more". He was the first artiste to be called back by the crowd.
MC Mutabaruka tried his best to deliver the wishes of the people, but Sanchez was already gone and the show had to continue.
Richie B took over emcee duties for the home stretch, as he declared, "a nuff big artiste lef fi come."
Tarrus Riley led the way, warning, Protect Yuh Head, before serenading the ladies with his promise to Stay With You and declaring, She's Royal.
DJ Sunshine then blazed a fire on the turntables, during a short break before it was time for the 'Gangsta Ras' to take the stage. Munga rocked the place with his Earthquake and as he was Flippin Rhymes on stage he declared, 'Dem bwoy deh nuh bad like I'.
But some patrons went from being pleased with his performance to shouting 'boos' when he tried to address his rival. "Mi nuh haffi call nuh name, everybody know a who mi a talk," he said, and unleashed some lyrical artillery. Munga, however, revived some interest with The Prayer before leaving the stage.
At 4:35 a.m., the signal was clear, as Busy took the stage and informed that he was Rising To The Top, while Elephant Man took his performance on the Higher Level when he climbed on top of the speaker boxes. Anthony B came to Tease Her and Capleton, the fire man declared at 6:05 a.m. that it was Fire Time.
By this time, fatigue got the better of some patrons as they proceeded through the exits, but for the faithful few who remained behind, enduring the lengthy band change, they had a pleasant treat from a great performance by Morgan Heritage, who took the stage at approximately 7 a.m. Many sang along and danced as Morgan Heritage performed favourites like How Come, A Man Is Still A Man, Down By The River, She's Still Loving Me among others.
At the end of it all, East Fest 2K7 was another major success, a show well produced and strongly supported.
Undoubtedly, patrons must have missed the event last year when the Morgan Family decided to take a sabbatical. But as one patron shouted as he went though the exit, "mi haffi deh yah next year!"