It was Friday May 5th, the opening night of the 2nd annual Pure Grenada Music Festival, themed Roots & Culture. I arrived to the festival village at 6:
30ish. I wanted to take in the atmosphere and check out the various vendors before the event actually started. The crowd was flowing in and the DJ was pumping some jams and the vibes was building nicely.
Bang on target at 7:00pm to begin the show was Conception Dance Theater. They are a local dance school and performance group specializing in Afro, Ballet, Modern, and Grenadian/Caribbean Folk forms. I was captivated by their spectacular performance and awesome choreography, so much so that I felt my body trying to move the way they did. My better judgement took over soon enough, thankfully.
Local talent Sabrina Francis and For the Love of Music (FLOM) was up next with the first musical performance of the night. Now I can hold a note or two, but this beauty right here, she can singgggggg. Her voice is silky smooth and she wooed the crowd with some familiar tunes as well as some original music.
Sabrina’s Mom, Donysia Domerge, who is also a great singer and songwriter, had her moment to shine, and she most certainly did. The family is indeed musically inclined.
An addition to this year’s event was the Coca-Cola Stage. This stage was nestled in the middle of the festival village and gave patrons at the event an up-close, homey and intimate feeling, as they were literally in front of the artist. To add to the magic, this stage pumped music throughout the night, so there was never a lull, as one performance was completed on the Main Stage, the DJ of the night kept the vibes pumping, from the Coca-Cola stage.
Performing on the Coca-Cola stage was local act Sensation Band with Patrick Delves. It was a thrilling performance and the crowd was surprised with guest keyboardist– Sidney Mills, member of Steel Pulse, which performed at the 1st PGMF in 2016. Patrick Delves is truly a performer. His passion for music was so tangible, you could almost reach out and touch it.
Are you ready? Are you ready?? I sure was! Next up on the main stage was Queen Ifrica. Her performance was nothing short of epic. The lioness arose and was most certainly roaring. Her roars were loud and clear and filled festival village with nothing but pure vibes, pure positivity and pure energy. With bare feet and loads of energy she delivered pure conscious vibes to the excited crowd who chanted and sang along, not missing a beat. Throughout her performance she encouraged and shared the need for peace, unity and coming together. In her words ‘people power will make the world better’.
The Final performance of the night was the Third Word Band, one of the longest-lived Reggae bands of all time! Their performance was riveting reggae-fusion. These guys have been performing long before I was born but their music transcends age and time and I was excited to hear them live. Their tunes ‘Now that we found love’, ’96 degrees in the shade’ and ‘Try Jah love’ were some of the crowd favorites. The only disappointment was that it had to end as they were absolutely captivating from start to finish.
The green initiate of the PGMF must be highlighted as organizers of very few major events consider the volume of waste accumulated at their events and the impact on the environment. All food vendors at the festival were required to use disposable food service items made from bio-based, renewable materials; from recycled content or alternative and material that can later be composted.