Another successful staging of Powerful Women and Men charity concert
Several well-known persons from different professions who have volunteered to perform to raise funds for the over 500 wards of the Mustard Seed Communities. Photo: Llwellyn Wynter.
Top corporate executives joined business owners and high-ranking public servants to perform at the annual Powerful Women and Men Perform For Charity concert at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC) last Sunday.
The event saw thousands of patrons in attendance and included several well-known persons and dignitaries, among them, was former Prime Minister PJ Patterson.
The annual event raises funds for the over 500 wards of the Mustard Seed Communities.
Former prime minister PJ Patterson was among the over 1,000 persons who attended the charity concert.
All the acts were well-received, but performances from Ali McNab, Dianne Ashton-Smith; the pair of Hugh ‘Hugo Barrington’ Faulkner and Leighton McKnight, Dufton ‘Duffy’ Shepherd; Neisha Yen Jones; Reverend Astor Carlyle; Pamputtae and Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley – stood out most.
A group comprising Linroy Edwards, Michael Powell, Broslloyd Campbell and DiMario McDowell, calling themselves the ‘Fantastic Four’, was also a favourite, likewise the mock sound clash between Khadine ‘Ms Kitty’ Hylton and K’adamawe K’nife.
Joined by The Ashe Company, special advisor to the ministry of sports, McNab gave a solid rendition of the Temptation’s ‘My Girl’.
Red Stripe’s head of corporate relations, Ashton-Smith performed a piece choreographed by Jamaica’s international renowned dancer L’Antoinette Stines. Ashton Smith started slowly to the classic ‘Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps’, before being joined by a male partner.
Red Stripe's senior executive Dianne Ashton-Smith
She then slipped backstage for a wardrobe change, returning to “bruk out” in “short-shorts” and bust a move to Ding Dong’s, latest single, “Bro Bro”.
In a section, dubbed “Tune Fi Tune”, lawyer Faulkner, the executive director of the Legal Aid Council, also known in the entertainment circle as Hugo Barrington and chartered accountant McKnight in the deejay role as General Fire delivered a comical piece. General Fire outlined a list of things he would do as prime minister of Jamaica, leaving the audience in stiches.
Comedian Shepherd heightened the laughter with his own version of the viral video of the police constable pepper spraying retired deputy superintendent of police Altemorth ‘Parro’ Campbell.
The Fantastic Four donned outfits of the 1960s to perform the Bee Gee’s hit ‘Too Much Heaven’, while Edna Manley lecturer and TV host Neisha-Yen Jones was joined by daughter Bailie-Marie Jones for a dance dedicated to the island’s children “who have gone before”.
Powerful Men and Women 2019
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Webster Memorial United Church Reverend Carlyle’s Tribute to Ken Boothe opened with Nat King Cole’s ‘When I Fall In Love’ then moved into Boothe’s song with the same name, before closing with ‘Everything I Own’.
Pamputtae’s ‘Single Mother’ got a warm response while ‘Johnny’ showed comedic brilliance, which included the reasons for Obeah to be legalised, especially helping the Reggae Girlz perform during their Women’s World Cup match against Brazil earlier that morning.