What does Lady Saw and Third World have in common? Apart from being Jamaicans and boasting decades in the music industry, both can still deliver as they proved on the second day of the 2012 BVI Music Festival on May 26.
Both Lady Saw and Third World Band have been at the top of the Caribbean music industry, albeit in different genres. Lady Saw has gained popularity for her edgy dancehall lyrics, while Third World Band, widely recognized as one of the best bands of reggae, has unmatched longevity for some 39 years performing as a group.
Lady Saw sharing the stage with a male patron.
Photo Credit: Gordon French/BVI Platinum News
Third World was the final act of the evening, performing a number of hits which were appreciated by many in the crowd who sang along with lead singer, William Clarke aka Bunny Rugs.
Before leaving the stage, Clarke promised that the band will not stay away from Tortola for as long as they did prior to the music fest performance.
"I make a promise not to stay away from Tortola for so long again because the vibes good," Clarge stated.
The band performed vintage hits such as 'Sense of Purpose', 'I'm Committed' and 'Reggae Ambassador'. During 'Reggae Ambassador', the group pointed out that a few months ago the world lost an icon in Gregory Isaacs, who is featured on the band's new album, Patriots. They then sang Isaac's 'Rumors of War' and 'Lonely Tonight'.
The band showed their versatility with a section of their performance that featured drumming and rasta man chants. Guitarist, Stephen 'Cat' Coore then performed solo, using a cello to strike perfect chords as the crowd filled in the rest. Among the songs stringed by Cat was Bob Marley's 'No Woman No Cry'.
The group also performed 'No That We Found Love' before leaving the stage. They were eventually brought back for an encore performance that continued beyond just one song.
Lady Saw took to the stage after midnight, prior to Third World's performance, but despite her reputation for delivering sex-laced content, the self-proclaimed Queen of Dancehall toned it down considerably, skipping songs which she felt was unsuitable for the kids which she pointed out towards the front of the stage.
She also said she was going to skip some of her demonstrations because of the kids in the audience, much to the crowd's disappointment. However, that might have been a blessing in disguise as she performed clean dancehall lyrics with more of a reggae variety. She dished out advice to women on how to become millionaires by using their best friend as she does. Saw also told women how to please their man and for the men, she told them to treat their women right.
At times, some of the men in the audience seemed puzzled and uncomfortable as Lady Saw told women that every man has two women and that they should also have other men.
Saw said she is 42 and loving it, but kept it real for the most part of her time on stage.
She slowed the tempo down to talk about the more serious issue of infertility and said that she knows how it feels to lose a child. Saw also spoke about the criticisms she receives for not bearing a child; however, she said that she has adopted because not having a child does not make her less of a woman since a woman has a lot of love to give.
"Love the children all over the world...I can be bad, but still be good," Saw said after singing, 'No Less Than A Woman (Infertility)'.
She also performed 'I've Got Your Man' and 'Man Is The Least', among several others.
Saw's performance was filled with jovial segments as she invited two patrons on stage to dance and then there was the uninvited patron who took to the stage clad in a male swimwear thong. After a few spanking sessions with the Jamaican singer, he left the stage.
Third World Band at the 2012 BVI Music Festival.
Photo Credit: Clifton Skelton/BVI Platinum News
Before Saw left the stage, she stated that next time she returns to the BVI, she is "taking it to the club".
Last evening also saw a performance from the BVI's Ritical, with a number of reggae songs of his own which the crowd embraced and sang along.
Like the opening night when the local singers did not disappoint, Ritical did not drop the ball, performing with local band Extreme.
During his performance, he sang a duet with the band's newest songstress, Vianela Garcia.
Other performers included A Type Of Toad, Quito & The Edge and Mada Nile.
This evening, May 27 is the final night of the 2012 Music Festival and some of the performers include Razor Blades, It's A Secret, Quida, Reema, Forever Motown, Melanie Amaro and Estelle.