It was billed as the ‘Rockin Hard’ concert, and last Saturday night’s show at the Bagatelle Great House in St Thomas, headlined by legendary Jamaican reggae artistes Third World, certainly lived up to its billing, as the ten-time Grammy-nominated band shared the stage with celebrated local musicians Spice and Company for an epic show.
Third World, who are no strangers to Barbados, have been performing here since 1977.
On Saturday it was back-to-back classics well into the wee hours of the morning as hundreds of music lovers simply rocked the night away to songs such as, Now That We Found Love, Mr Reggae Ambassadors, How Can It Be, Committed and Sense of Purpose .
The crowd was thrown into a musical frenzy, dancing and singing along, as Third World delivered a medley of its greatest hits.
The group not only performed their songs, but did covers to internationally acclaimed hits as well.
They also took performed Ave Maria in what was simply a riveting exhibition of the vocal prowess by the group’s main singer.
At one point veteran entertainer Biggie Irie joined Third World on stage for a dynamic performance that energized the audience and had them begging for more.
The beloved Spice and Company were equally impressive on the night, revving up the crowd with their own medley of soca hits, including Take Your Clothes Off, Guns, Congaline, Aware Africa and Lift Ya Leg Up.
Also performing at the sold out show was veteran calypsonian Red Plastic Bag, who brought Ragga Ragga, Spontaneous, Something’s Happening and to cap it all off, his 2017 Sweet Soca hit Boat Ride.
And just when you thought there was no energy left in the crowd, the Hypa Dawg, Lil Rick, leaped onto the stage to deliver a series of spirited performances of Advantage of Me, All Kind of Girl, Blessings, Wait Til Tonight and other popular songs in his repertoire.
Nikita and Marvay were the “youngins” of the line-up, but they too held their own to Survive the Weekend, as Marvay’s main song proclaimed.