He was “Boombastic!” It could also have been said of the 31st staging of the CHUM FM Breakfast In Barbados Concert, held last evening on the lawns of Holders House.
Decked in a navy blue dress shirt, grey T-shirt, faded denim jeans and black sunglasses, Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy graced the stage for an hour-and-a-half-long set, much to the delight of the hundreds of patrons.
With screams and loud cheering, he was given a pore-raising welcome, quickly after which he sought to show the predominantly Canadian crowd how to party, Caribbean-style, with hits like Oh, Carolina, Chica Bonita, Church Heathen, Hey, Sexy Lady, Boombastic, Bonafide Girl, Mr Lover Lover, Luv Me Luv Me and more. Twenty minutes into his energetic set, he invited fellow reggae artist Rayvon to join him in taking the audience down memory lane with their smash hits Angel, Summer Time, Big Up and Nice And Lovely.
Rayvon proved his vocals are like fine wine, and was particularly a charm to the Canadian ladies as they sang along and gyrated throughout his performances.
Shaggy also saluted the female patrons during the performance of his 2002 release Strength Of A Woman, alluding to the need to understand and embrace women’s strengths, while the females reciprocated by raising their hands and swaying from side to side in unison.
But Mr Lover Lover’s set would not have been as smooth as silk unless he had given the males advice on how to be convincing when using the phrase “it wasn’t me” throughout the performance of his song with the same title.
Often reducing the intimate crowd to chuckles, the male patrons were receptive, agreeing to heed his advice.
Similarly, the crowd gave a nod to the first single from his new album That Love, which has an infectious, rhythmic beat and soulful lyrics to match.
The funk-pop party group DNCE lived up to their name as they brought the house down with their highly energetic performances, including their popular song Cake By The Ocean.
Patrons could not resist jumping and pumping their fists with the lead vocalist Joe Jonas, guitarist Jinjoo Lee, bassist Cole Whittle and drummer Jack Lawless, as their medley of lyrics effortlessly rolled off their tongues.
Their hour-long set proved to be one of the more highly anticipated for the night, with Lee displaying that her vocals are equally flawless, while Whittle is undeniably the “energy god” of the band.
Pop singer Hailee Steinfeld also delivered a rousing 45-minute set, featuring her single Love Myself, which was enhanced by backup dancers.