The Mana Wynnwood Center in Miami, South Florida saw Reggae patrons turn out in their numbers on Sunday, May 27, 2018 to give their full support to the local favorite Reggae concert; The Best of the Best, despite the fact that the weather was predicted to be extremely rainy and windy with the storm Alberto nearby.
In an effort to prepare for the threat, from the system Alberto, organizers of the concert switched the location from the previous announced Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, to to a near by indoor facility namely the Mana Wynwood Center to ensure that the event would be held rain or shine.
There were a number of debutants to the show this year, including veteran artiste Richie Stephens, who always knows how to captivate an audience; and Shenseaa from the new school of Reggae who has garnered a lot of attention for her intriguing catalouge that includes exciting hits such as Jiggle Jiggle, Loodi, and Unconditional Love.
Ghana’s Stonebwoy was another new comer, and actually ushered in the African continent as the first African performer in the event’s rich history.
A pioneer in the nineties, singer Ghost with his melodious voice gave a noticeable performance with reggae covers such as I’ll Be Waiting For You, By Your Side, You Call Me Al, Donna, Wish You Were Here and Making Love Out of Nothing at All. Ghost was majestic on the night, as his voice filled the venue and brought the proceedings to life, as he reminded everyone that he is still a great singer and performer.
Romain Virgo, the Love Doctor entertained fans with his many hits such as Rain Is Falling and People Business etc, Chris Martin with tracks such as Stay With Me, and Soul Provider also delivered well received performances.
Aidonia who has been steady in his release of hits recently was the artiste chosen to perform after Masicka which he made look unusually easy, as well as before Mavado who fans have been waiting to see live from the last staging of The Best of Best, where he was not afforded the time to perform for his fans and the ‘Gully Gad’ did not disappoint as he effortlessly glided through his catalouge of hits to the approval of fans.
In addition the Best of the Best concert targets a wider range of Caribbean audience that cannot adequately be catered for by only providing Reggae and Dancehall music; a soca flair is a requirement, hence Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons along with Kerwin Dubois represent their genre in an excellent way.
“Fire Man” Capleton has been embroiled in legal battles at home in Jamaica, however he was trusted with the closing of the show and he did so in extraordinary fashion. Reeling hits and making prophetical remarks some may argue that are related to his legal battles and the fight for justice and the ability to carry out good works in the face of adversity.