Wednesday 21 August, 2019

VIDEO: Regina Belle, Peabo Bryson satisfy at Red Rose For Gregory

Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson delivered to an appreciative audience at Red Rose For Gregory, with a slew of love songs that thrilled the thousands at Liguanea Club Golf Academy in St Andrew on Sunday.

The two rhythm and blues artistes performed in separate sets but blended their voices in unison for their monster collaboration, 'A Whole New World', which worked the crowd into a tizzy as they waltzed and sang along.

It came after a costume change for Belle and Bryson had started his set, but the lass had given a stupendous performance earlier, during which she hit and held a number of high notes that titillated the audience, which included former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her husband, Everald Miller.

Belle, dressed for her solo stint in a hugging black blouse with a black coat and white pants that flirted with the contours of her lower body, belted hits such as 'Baby Come To Me', 'This Is Love', 'Make It Like It Was' and 'If I Could'.

Belle, who had jokingly mentioned being distanced from the audience earlier, went to the foot of the stage during 'If I Could' and interacted with the spectators at the front of the crowd, which brought louder cheers.

Belle paid homage to Aretha Franklin, who died last year, by doing the latter's 'Rock Steady', leaving a somewhat expectant audience, which wanted more than the 30 minutes she had delivered.

Likewise, Bryson also serenaded the many lovers who had trekked to the facility for the Valentine's show, with silky smooth singing. His stint included 'If Ever You're In My Arms Again', 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You', 'Show And Tell' and 'Miracle' in a performance that lasted approximately 50 minutes.

Bryson, however, broke his performance to acknowledge a young couple in the crowd, that got engaged during his performance of 'If Ever You're In My Arms Again' and allowed them to join him on stage for 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You'.

Bryson and Belle were the main attraction for the evening, that had different acts, at various stages of their career performing and paying tribute to Gregory Isaacs, by doing some of his songs.

Among these were Junior Sinclair, journalist turned singer I-Can, the pair of Khausion and Sativa, and Gregory's nephew Ray Isaacs. Sinclair full set was all Gregory's song and included the title for the show 'Red Rose For Gregory', during which he had five women from the audience joining him on stage to deliver a single rose.

He also did 'Sad To Know', 'Oh What A Feeling', 'Hard Drugs', 'Mr Brown', 'Border', 'I Don't Want To Be Lonely', 'Soon Forward' and 'Night Nurse'.

Another highlight of the show came from Japanese saxophonist Megumi Mesaku, who thrilled the audience with a refreshing performance that included playing Gregory's 'Love Is Overdue' with a hand wrapped behind her back. Her act also had a stint with renowned Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser, that the audience also loved.


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