The Royal family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage and Shaggy struck like a bolt of lightning and lit up the crowd like a luminous display of fireworks, at the Indigo O2 to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.
A sea of people from a vast diaspora filtered through the doors of the 02 for the Respect Jamaica 50th concert, united in a wave of attires and adorned with the tropical green, black and yellow colours of the Jamaican flag. The crowd stood shoulder to shoulder from wall to wall, all joined in unity in their anticipatory desires to absorb the Jamaican vibes – So, with Jamaica’s staple tipple, Wray and Nephews in hand, we were all ready to ‘sizzle me nizzle’.
The opening act, Raging Fyah warmed up the crowd with their brilliance to pave the way for the spectacular performance by Morgan Heritage, who not only brought the reggae roots of Jamaica to the O2, but brought the culture to the entire audience. The five piece band of siblings who have regrouped for the first time after a five-year hiatus, hit the stage like an earthquake and rocked the O2 to its core by delivering a rousing, soulful performance.
The vocal quality of the group and especially that of lead singer Peter Morgan and his brother Roy, sent shivers down the spine and goose pimples atop the surface of the skin like only a God-given, talented voice can do. The music spoke for itself and the statement proudly emblazoned on the chests of all members of the backing band – ‘Morgan Heritage – The Return’, ensured the audience knew they were in for a spiritually rising, musical renaissance – reminiscent of the real reggae music of yonder years.
If like me you are well under thirty, perhaps you are wondering ‘who is Morgan Heritage?’, but if you listen to reggae music, you have certainly heard one of their renowned songs from any of their two decades of discography – Which allowed the band to roll out a red carpet array of hits like Down By The River and Nothing To Smile About.
The illusory anti-climax came when Morgan Heritage’s lead singer Peter announced that the show was to come to a premature end – this was met with a collective gasp that silenced the room like the aftermath of a tornado. Then the big screens lit up to show the live screening of the lightning legend, Usain Bolt’s stupendous world record-breaking 100 meter’s win, to bring home the Olympic Gold for Jamaica. At this stage the crowd erupted into a euphoric, ear-splitting union of celebration, which was the penultimate way to welcome in Jamaica’s 50th Independence, following the next day on Monday the 6th August.
The last and most breath-taking climax came when, ‘Mr Boombastic’ Shaggy, the undisputed Reggae lothario blasted on to the stage – and having just left the Olympic stadium himself, he brought the explosive energy of the Olympic Games with him.
Shaggy’s electrifying performance was a sight to behold, replacing Morgan Heritage’s roots and culture reggae with its musical descendant, Dancehall music. His on stage persona of the did not fail to feed ones imagination and excite the women, who screamed like they were teenagers at their first ‘doo wop’ concert – and the mere presence of Shaggy’s wife in view off stage failed to dampen their salacious appetites.
The crowd could not get enough as Shaggy ‘wine up waist’ through his performance whilst simultaneously interacting with the women in the audience, and at one stage requesting, “All the women here with their men wave your hands…and all the women here with someone else’s man wave your hand”, to which he interjected, “It Wasnt Me”, – A somewhat quirky lead up to his performance of the song of the same name.
A favourite artist of the late and great Michael Jackson himself, by the close of Shaggy’s set the dominant, lustful female crowd were ready to Beat It – They were well and truly revved up and raring to go – Go through it all again of course.
Check out some videos of Shaggy and Morgan Heritage performing at the Respect Jamaica 50th Concert below – As the music in the Indigo O2 was exceptionally loud this is reflected at certain points in the the sound of the recordings.
The Fashion at The Respect Jamaica 50th Concert
Jacket – Zara On Sale £39.99 was originally £79.99
Shirt – £11 Marks & Spencer 2 Pack Kidswear
Skirt – Risky £6
Belt – Primark £2.50
Shoes – River Island On Sale £30 was originally £69.99
Clutch Bag – Select On Sale £4 was orginally £6
Accessories – All from Primark On Sale £1 each