Stars R Us celebrates 4th birthday at Mas Camp

Leroy Sibbles, crooning his way into the audience’s hearts during Stars R Us show, held at Mas Camp, Oxford Road, New Kingston, on Saturday. – Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

The happiest and unhappiest moments for the large audience at the Mas Camp Village for the Stars R Us vintage music concert series’ fourth birthday party came from consecutive performers.

They refused to let the show continue and demanded Professor Nuts return for a second encore in a ‘jokify’ performance, punctuated with wide grins and the observation “it sweet oonu claat eh?”, then emphatically declined MC Camille’s offer of a second stint from Pluto Shervington. Still it was enforced and Shervington, for whom there had been a spatter of impatient handclaps after Dancing Mood, had the house rocking to Ram Goat Liver.

From the opening near spoken rather than sung commands of Lloyd Robinson to “come out of my life with your cuss cuss I don’t want it” through to Leroy Sibbles‘ show-closing Fatty Fatty at 3:30 a.m. yesterday, the series’ fourth birthday party went through the ‘big stuff’ of Gem Myers, whose leg flapping butterfly dance and long, high notes on I Will Survive, which ended an encore she was not prepared for, as well as the chiding Shame on You, went down very well with the audience. Ernest Wilson showed not only his outstanding vocal skills as he delivered Otis Redding’s I’ve Got Dreams To Remember and Isaac Hayes’ I Stand Accused back to back, but also played the guitar during many songs and delivered Jackie Mittoo’s I Done It on keyboards. When he adapted Barry White’s lyric to “sex is what I preach” there was laughter at the Mas Camp.

Audience danced along

Errol Dunkley, decked out in full red, honoured Delroy Wilson and found many a willing Black Cinderella, but the offer of an encore was denied. Still it was enforced and the uptempo OK Fred had the audience dancing along.

Pat Kelly’s voice was not in the best of nick as he brought up intermission with Queen Majesty and I Wish It Would Rain, but after the break there were huge cheers for Brushy One String, a muscled pair from Knightsman Security flanking the stage. He started slowly with the lady who gives “grey in my blue”, the audience cheering as he hit a deejay section. Boom Bang Beng hit hard and a lyrical rundown of what seemed to be the Cashpot numbers (“six a strong man him a weightlifter”) took the house down as Brushy left the stage. His return was demanded and he continued through to “twenty-three a black man from South Africa” again taking the house apart.

Then came Professor Nuts with old favourites Inna De Bus and Nuff Man Deh Yah, transforming into the drunken Jimmy Bascombe as well as disciplining his roving masculine member and Shervington who went back to 1975 with Dat Ting Dere.

Good to the end

As the birthday party headed to a close there was that briefest of anticipatory pauses between the opening music and the deep, strong, clear voice of Ernie Smith on Life Is Just For Living, the cheers going up. This was followed by Key Card, Elsada and an arm-swinging honouring of the elders with Sammy Dead and Wings of a Dove. His genuine encore, after the slow Tears on My Pillow was a merry Duppy or Gunman.

Leroy Sibbles made it Party Time for the now reduced audience, the former Heptones member playing the bass for the Kutchie rhythm and singing “I didn’t know what I was doing when I play this one/I didn’t know one rhythm would last so long”. There were screams and he ‘pulled’ on “you were my very first girl” and Sibbles was presented with a gift basket by a lady who said she had been following his music since 1999 before he closed with a rocking, Fatty Fatty, leaving and staying off stage even though a return was requested.

Nadine Sutherland and Admiral Bailey, who were advertised, did not perform.


published: Monday | October 16, 2006

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