Now, I’m not even sure if Celine Dion matches our mantra over here at SoulCulture, but I had to post this monumental occasion. Let me give a break down of how Celine Dion connects to the reggae specialist of SoulCulture; Celine Dion is worshipped in Jamaica.
Her songs are saluted in the infamous street parties in garrison communities to political and middle-class functions. Non-Jamaicans are always confused at the Canadian’s popularity in Jamaica. It’s the home of reggae, but they do actually have an eclectic taste too. Anyway, thought I’d share this; give you something to bizarre to tell your workmates this week.
Second reason for this post is she made her Caribbean debut at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival this past Friday night. The festival has seen the likes of Anita Baker, Erykah Badu, Ashford & Simpson, Lionel Richie to Maroon 5 grace the stage over it’s 16 year history. I hear there were 5 lanes of traffic on a dual carriage way (two lane motorway/highway) with people parking up cars on side walks and hurrying into the venue which hosted a reported 20,000.
Peep the footage even if only to hear the predominantly Jamaican crowd sing along word-for-word to the anthems.
“It’s All Coming Back To Me” x “Power Of Love”:
“I’m Alive” (you may remember Elephant Man using the melody on “Signal The Plane”):
“Treat Her Like A Lady” ft. Diana King
Highlights of the first night w/ performances by John Holt, Shaggy, Etana, Yellowman and more:
Cee-Lo Green closed the 3-day festival on Saturday night alongside The Temptations, Damian Marley, soca queen Destra + more.