Tuesday 19 March, 2019

Entertainers give their voices in tribute to Captain Horace Burrell

Jamaica's musical maestro Richie Stephens performs at the Thanksgiving Service for the life of the late president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell on Wednesday at the National Arena.

Jamaica's musical maestro Richie Stephens performs at the Thanksgiving Service for the life of the late president of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell on Wednesday at the National Arena.

Several tributes in songs were used to highlight the life and work of late president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell at a Thanksgiving Service at the National Arena in Kingston on Wednesday.

In front of the half filled venue, the artistes gave renditions of their own compositions or that of other artistes, befitting the occasion. Many of them were friends with Captain Burrell, who had requested their performances at many of Jamaica's international matches at the National Stadium.

Master of Ceremonies, Tommy Cowan, kept the tight scheduled rolling quickly as the artistes either performed with the backing of the Jamaica Defence Force's Combined Band or on tracks.

Former national technical director Brazilian Rene Simoes (left) and former JFF's general secretary Horace  Reid (right) help to carry the casket bearing the remains of president of the JFF Captain Horace Burrell at the Thanksgiving Service at the National Arena on Wednesday.

It was the the Combined Band. which got the tributes in songs underway with  a medley of songs that included Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Waters, to be followed by trumpeter Dwight Richards.

Richards blew the notes of Jimmy Cliff's Many Rivers To Cross and and then with Athneil Lewis on piano he sang 'Eyes On The Sparrow', 'Your Raise Me Up' and 'Fly Away Home.'

Cowan would then introduced his wife and gospel artiste Carlene Davis who performed 'Helleujah Belongs To You' and 'The Way Old Friends Do' and she would make way for singing graphic designer Dimario McDowell, with the backing of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Choir, did a rendition of Peter Tosh's 'Jah Is My Keeper.'

Ken Boothe, introduced by Cowan as someone whose music Captain Burrell loved, and he performed 'What Manner Of Man' and then delivered on tracks 'Everything I Own.'

Vocalist Ernie Smith accompanied by Peter Ashbourne on piano with Charmaine Lemonius as backing singer did 'Halleujah' and 'Some Say Love."

The entertainment section concluded with trumpeter Richards, coming back for a second stint with Lewis on piano to do Alton Ellis'  'Willow Tree.'

Captain Burrell led the JFF from 1994, excepting for a four-year period,

After ailing for the past year, Captain Burrell  passed away on June 6 at the John Hopkins Oncology Centre in Baltimore, USA, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer.

He was 67 years old.

The Combined Band broke the consistency of the artistes with a number of pieces in between performances.

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