The second night of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on Friday showcased the island's culture, places and people, while providing the online audience with top-shelf performances from Jah9, Lila Ike and Mortimer.
Husband and wife duo, Wayne and Tami Mitchell carried the online audience through the evening’s offerings, while also doubling as a guide for the video feature Stay With Us, which detailed some of the hotels on the island’s north coast.
The onstage decoration, murals highlighting the island's history, also drew lots of attention and enhanced the setting from which creditable performances came from Bunny Rose, Earth And The Fullness, Eye Of The Brainstorm and Moon.
Roots reggae performer Jah9 performed live from Tanzania in a studio with Beky Glacier, while Lila Ike and Mortimer used a studio stage in Jamaica.
Jah9’s smooth groove fitted the theme of Jazz and Blues and she supplemented it by toning down the reggae feel of her first song, ‘Warning’ for a jazzy mood, before going back to reggae for ‘Legitimate’, ‘Love Has Found I’, ‘Natural Vibe’, ‘Note To Self’, ‘Feel Good’, ‘Don’t Let Me Misunderstood’ and ‘Heaven’.
Lila Ike worked up a sweat during her performance as after taking the stage in a colourful pants suit she delivered ‘Stars Align’ and ‘I Spy’ before ditching the jacket to reveal an underneath fishnet and bra.
She then proceeded to ‘Where I’m Coming From’, ‘Solitude’, ‘Second Chance’ and ‘Thy Will’, while interacting and dancing with band members.
Mortimer, with his husky voice, opened his set with ‘Careful’, before doing ‘Nice Up Di Scene’, ‘Misery’, and ‘Style And Grace’. He then slowed the beat down with ‘No Lies’ and ‘Fight The Fight’, which was the song that embedded him into the hearts of Jamaicans. He then closed with ‘Lightning’, which is another favourite.
Earlier, Bunny Rose kicked off the evening with a tribute to past performers at the festival by doing one song each from George Benson, John Legend, Jeffrey Osborne, Michael Bolton and Billy Ocean.
Earth And The Fullness started the slow groovy jam, which continued with Eye Of The Brainstorm, which added hip-hop in their musical mix, while Moon provided a unique style with a two-song set.
Deejay Beky Glacier brought a touch of dancehall with a high energy set while working with the Ruff Kutt band.