August 8-12, 1995 Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Friday night, August 11 is International Night I.
This show was a celebration of the life and music of Garnet Silk.
Featured artists included Dennis Brown (who replaced Beres
Hammond), Buju Banton, Tony Rebel, Frankie Paul, Freddie
McGregor and Chalice.
RasJohn's Report from JB (webmaster RadioREGGAE.com)
"Report from the yard on the 11th"
MOON IS BRIGHT, SUN A SHINE
Kingston, Jamaica's capital on the eastern end of the island, about 120 miles away, had been hit
with four inches of rain as a tropical depression slid through the area but here in MoBay the sun
was shining. For the last two days we had not even had the normal afternoon thunderstorms.
All the thunder has been reserved for the stage. Make a joyful noise unto Jah! With the festival
moving into the big second half, the showâ€™s international audience is going strong. Chalice is
the first band up tonight and as they begin to pump out a mesmerizing groove, Japanese, German,
British and Canadian music fans mix with the huge American and Jamaican contingents to form a
wonderfully diverse crowd that is sharing in the unity of the event. Beyond the number of
nationalities and cultures, every economic level is represented in a crowd that has universally been
brought together to share four days of love and respect. While technical and logistic challenges
have needed constant behind the scenes attention, the audience has been a producerâ€™s
dream come true. With Red Stripe Beer, Tings' (a delicious carbonated grapefruit drink) and the
pungent aroma of Jah herb flowing through the crowd, a joyful 4-day musical community has come
together for this event.
With the exception of a few short breaks of 10-15 minutes for band changes, the music has been
non-stop with even the newer and unsigned early acts on each bill delivering dynamite sets. Early
on in tonightâ€™s festivities, Carlene Davis brings the crowd together with one of the clear
highlight performances of the night. It's so good the show's television producer/director, Neil
Olshansky, corners her after the set to try and line her up for another project he is working on.
Through the night, Everton Blender, Freddie McGregor - (Click Here for MP3 of Show - 11.5 MB),
Buju Banton, and Frankie Paul deliver equally hot sets helping to keep nearly all of the 25,000 -
30,000 fans on their feet skanking for the entire 12 hours of performances. With the warm sun
already high in the sky, one of the all greats of Reggae music, Dennis Brown, brings the
nightâ€™s festivities to a joyful close at 8 AM and our Reggae community disperses to hotels,
beaches and many off to work hoping to get enough rest so that they will be fresh for the big finale
tonight. Feet and bodies are weary but spirits are high with anticipation for the performances that
will be starting in a few hours.
transmitted from the site 8/12/95 @ 22:27
Carlene Davis - Friday Night, August 11, 1995
Dennis Brown - Friday Night, August 11, 1995
Freddie McGregor - Friday Night, August 11, 1995