JAVAA ROCKS MOTOWN
Music lovers turned out at the Jamaica Pegasus on May 2, for the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates (JAVAA) ‘Motown Plus’. The event saw well-known local singers and musicians donning full costume and assuming the identity of their favourite musical legends.
When the Pure Class team arrived ‘Stevie Wonder’ (Christopher McDonald) was delivering his signature tunes of yesteryear with songs such as Signed Sealed Delivered, Superstition and If It’s Magic and he had the audience singing along with gusto.
Excitement ensued when the King of Motown, William ‘Smokey’ Robinson’s (Ken Bob) voice filtered through the speakers moments before he graced the stage with Second Hand Emotion, which he dedicated to a JAVAA follower who has been battling serious illness. The women were especially feeling his high tenor and went wild as he launched into Cruising.
If Ken Bob took the audience to the brink then Charmaine Lemonious a.k.a. ‘Dusty Springfield’ kept them there, as she delivered the distinctive sensual sound of the British soul singer with ease. Lemonious went through several of Springfield’s hits beginning with the 1963 hit, I Only Want To Be With You. She followed in the finest form possible with I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself and solidified her commanding and entertaining presence on stage with Wishin And Hopin.
By the time Lemonious got to You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me the crowd was eating out of her hands so much so that sections rose to a standing ovation when she was through. see more