Acts give 'Full 100'

By Kevin Jackson
Observer Writer

Saturday, September 01, 2018

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It was billed as a night of soul music, but patrons were in for much more. Songs about consciousness and reality were thrown in for good measure by up-and-coming and established acts at Wednesday night's staging of the monthly 100 Live performance series.

Former Digicel Rising Stars alum Papito rose to the occasion as he belted the lyrics to his new single Give Thanks. The song speaks about him surviving a recent motor-vehicle crash. It struck a chord with patrons.

Give Thanks was produced by Frankie Music and it was written based on a car accident that I was in. I'm basically saying give thanks for life,” said Papito, whose given name is Garnet Ferguson, shortly after his performance.

His set also featured love ballads including By My Side, No Rush, Lose Control and Smile (produced by Busy Signal's Turf Music).

“Tonight was a good experience. I mean, to see people singing your songs, it shows that people appreciate good music. It was a great vibe from everyone,” he added.

Spanish Town-based singing and deejay duo, Jah Face and Tantrum also got a good reception with their collaborative single Waiting For.

“It was a wonderful and a great opportunity being here. The audience was receptive and we had a good time,” said Jah Face.

“We've been hearing good things about this event and that's why when we got the opportunity to perform here tonight, we just came and did it. It's very rare that opportunities like this come across for young artistes and we just wanted to seize the opportunity and do our best,” explained Tantrum.

St Ann-based singjay Rhumba, who had never performed on a live event, made his debut at 100 Live. He opened on a good note with his current radio hit Life is Everything. The Lifestyle and Mother Love were also well-received by the audience.

Dancehall artiste Bugle's Anointed Entertainment label has been working with a number of up-and-coming acts, and one of his charges, singer Birdz-I made her presence felt.

Her set included worthy covers of Erykah Badu's On and On, Queen Ifrica's Lioness on the Rise and her original efforts Give Thanks and Better Days.

Singer Khalia who has been on a roll over the past year put in a nice set with songs such as One Dance, Dat Sexy Body, Badda, Ride Up, Someday and Let Me Be Me.

Nature Ellis, formerly known as Nature, was given the task of closing the night's proceedings.

“When they called me to do this event, right away I said 'Yes'. I love the cultural vibration that's going on with live music across the island,” said Nature Ellis.

He put in a workman-like performance reeling out songs, including World Peace, Revolution and Trying Man. He was later joined on stage by Bugle, who performed a few songs from his repertoire including What I'm Gonna Do.

100 Live is held the last Wednesday each month at 100 on Hope Road. The event, Appleton Estate and Wata, seeks to highlight emerging and established artistes in a live setting.

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