Barrington Levy’s standing in the Cayman Islands leapt a few notches at the Lions Centre with a consummate performance of style and professional. The vast venue only attracted a small crowd last Friday but the reggae legend played as if the Truman Bodden Sports Complex had sold out. Billed to start just after midnight the 48-year-old maestro who had celebrated his birthday a few days earlier, dutifully appeared with little fanfare from his Detour Posse band and went straight into a mesmerising lengthy medley covering the hits that established him as one of Jamaica’s best exports at the start of the Eighties. And his popularity has not waned in the three decades since.
Levy kicked off with Living Dangerously, a huge hit in the mid-Nineties which rolled into one big tune after another, including Teach the Youths, Too Experienced, Prison Oval Rock, She’s Mine, Shine Eye Gal and My Woman.
Murderer got the night’s biggest reception closely followed by Here I Come. The ganja anthem Under Mi Sensi was another favourite and all too soon, Levy was winding up the night.
The obligatory encore ensured with a ballad finale. Fitting end to a superb night’s entertainment. Just a pity that not enough were there to fully appreciate his wonderful showmanship and instant rapport with his fans.