Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer
After spending the day feasting on a wide array of tasty dishes, patrons at Sunday's Gleaner-sponsored Little Ochie Seafood Carnival in St Elizabeth were treated to a rich musical offering, courtesy of several top-flight entertainers, as dessert.
If one was to go by the dancing that took over the venue, there is no question that the 14th renewal of the food festival, a Jamaica 50-endorsed event, will remain a cherished memory for the patrons.
The entertainment started with electrifying performances by 2004 JCDC Gospel Festival song winner Lubert Levy, St Catherine-based Patricia Levy, Sister Scully, and the evergreen Joan Flemmings.
With the gospel segment out of the way, calypso singer Oscar B, of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires fame, lifted the tempo with a lengthy but entertaining set.
He was followed by Squadie and Iba Mahr, who both gave a good account of themselves.
The lyrical excitement temporarily made way for performances from the Red Stripe Light and Digicel dancers, who shared the segment with the Individual U models, who sizzled in trendy summer wear.
The entertainment climbed up several notches with DJ Powerman, who became a household name in Jamaica following his chart-topping song Stone, which took Jamaica by storm in 1991. The deejay was all the rage, holding his own with songs like Slim and Trim, Serious Tings, Miss Kill and Bury.
With the crowd already in a tizzy, veteran deejay Admiral Bailey simply came, saw and conquered. He had the fans going wild as he belted out songs lik Big Belly Man, Della Move and Tiney Winey.
Like Admiral Bailey, the evergreen Lady G, a dancehall veteran by any standard, reminded the fans at the jam-packed Alligator Pond venue of the days when she ruled the dancehall. As she waxed sweetly, the appreciative fans sang along with her.
By the time acts like Charlie Black, Kiprich and Konshens took the stage, there was total excitement as hits rocked the venue, much to the delight of the dancing patrons.