Last Friday’s One Love concert was the perfect setting for everyone to get together and feel alright.
Like the famous Bob Marley peace concert which took place in Jamaica in 1978 uniting warring political factions, the Rotary Sunrise event drew crowds from all sectors of Cayman’s society.
A night of positive vibes and conscious, uplifting music urged everyone to live together in harmony and unity.
Music by DJs Jazzy B, Vaughn and Banny from Vibe FM warmed people up for the evening before the all-Philipino rock band Asya, set the scene and got the crowd going.
Cayman’s own Musical Crew then turned the rhythm to reggae with old favourites which everyone could sing along to.
Impulz took over the stage and turned the heat up a notch to get the huge gathering into the party mood. As well as their own numbers, Impulz delighted the audience with covers of Marley, Peter Tosh, Beres Hammond and other reggae greats.
Cable and Wireless giveaways had the party goers texting like crazy in the hope of winning a new phone, which passed the time while the set was changed for the headline act of the evening.
Third World, international reggae ambassadors, came on stage shortly after midnight and wowed the crowds with their class act.
With more than 35 years in the business, the band’s experience and style shone through, delighting everyone with their well-known tracks.
The crowd sang and danced to every song, including 96 Degrees in the Shade, Now that We’ve Found Love, Sense of Purpose and Reggae Ambassador.
Lead singer William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark gave a spirited and inspiring performance, while guitarist Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore and base player Richie Daley gave a great show on the front of the stage.
Drummer Tony ‘Ruption’ Williams also thrilled the audience when he came out front to give a solo rendition.
As an encore Third World played a haunting rendition of Bob Marley’s Rastaman Chant in tribute to the late reggae icon, beautifully carved out on the cello by Coore.
Excellent sound quality and a great setting at Grand Harbour under an almost full moon, made the event extra special.
It was announced on stage that the One Love concert is to be an annual fund-raising event, which is sure to become one of the highlights of Cayman’s musical calendar.