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Popular Jamaican singer Jah Cure on Saturday delivered a great set during his first-ever concert in The Gambia at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The concert dubbed ‘Diaspora Festival 2017’, was staged by AJ Promotions.
As anticipated by many, the globetrotting songster was on top of his game and delivered a scintillating performance, despite his late appearance on stage.
Earlier on, home-based artistes opened the concert and as the show flow slowly towards the early hours, fans interrupted and demanded that the main act show up on stage.
Minutes later Jah Cure appeared on stage minutes later, and called on his fans to exercise patience as he was getting ready.
“Gambia get ready but please give me ten minutes! In ten minutes we will be ready,” he said, as he stepped-off the stage.
Re-appearing for the concert proper, Jah Cure waxed lyrical: “Nangna def Gambia! Listen to me for a minute. I have been wanting to come to The Gambia for so long. Now I finally have the moment. Gambia waited for so long to see me here right? Now is the moment and are you happy to see me? Unfortunately, I couldn’t wait because I don’t want you all to get too frustrated. So I stepped on the stage before my time. But I want you all to know that Jah Bouks is also here with me. Happy New Year to you all because I’m spending the New Year here with you all,” he said, amid rapturous cheers from the audience.
The Jamaican artiste got into his groove and the fans warmed up to him as he put up an energetic performance backed by his live band.
The Grammy nominated star opened his show with the popular song Rasta, much to the enchantment of thousands of fans.
His playlist including Unconditional Love, Rasta, Never Find, Sunny Days, Love is Solutions, Only You, Longing For and Rasta That Speak Of Love And Righteousness saw fans singing along, as the golden-voiced musician brought the stadium down at the oversubscribed gig.
The Jamaican star paid glowing tribute to fellow artistes, Buju Banton and Vybz Kartel alias World Boss, who are incarcerated.
To this end, he called on fans in the country to join him in calling for their immediate release.
“Free Buju Banton! Free World Boss! Can we light up Gambia! Everyone who wants to see Vybz Kartel free put some lights up! Gambia, thank you for having me. I have been wanting to come to The Gambia for so long, now is the moment!” he exclaimed.
Jah Bouks, another fast-rising Jamaican stars, also thrilled the audience.
The night also saw surprise appearances by one of UK’s top deejays, Chris Goldfinger and Green B from California, United States.