Although there were reservations over a concert featuring the world's most respected family in reggae on the eve of the nation's 50th Anniversary of Independence, it was the royal family of soca that truly reigned supreme.
Bunji Garlin and his wife, Fay-Ann Lyons, delivered what patrons at Thursday night's Marley Magic concert were up to yesterday saying was a fantastic performance.
The concert was headlined by the Marley brothers — Stephen, Damian, Julian and Ky-Mani — at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
The former international soca monarchs had the audience of over 2,500 jumping and wining one minute and singing with hands lifted the next.
In their roughly hour-long set, Bunji and Lyons performed a repertoire that included some of their respective soca hits along with some soca classics from other artistes and a few pop and reggae songs for good measure.
The people really went wild when SuperBlue joined his daughter and son-in-law to perform "Soca Baptist" and "Signal To Lara".
The Bunji and Lyons line-up of songs included "Tun Up," "Irregular", August," "Cosmic Shift," "Runaway," "High Mas," "Meet SuperBlue," "Consider It Done," "Born Ready" and "Miss Behave", among others.
Ky-Mani was the first Marley to take the stage, delivering a performance which was appreciated by the patrons, but did not seem to thrill them to the degree one expects a Marley to. Along with his latest single, "New Heights," Ky-Mani also performed "Heart of A Lion," "Freedom," and "Ghetto Soldier".
There was a long wait following Ky-Mani's performance before Damian finally appeared on stage and got the people singing along. He delivered a first-class performance, during which he sang snippets of some of his hits through the years along with some complete songs, including his latest smash hit single, "Affairs Of The Heart". Other songs performed included "Beautiful", "Road To Zion", "Strong Will Continue" and "It Was Written".
However, it was the song "Boom Draw" that really moved the audience during Julian Marley's performance following Junior Gong's set. The British-born son of Bob Marley also sang "Natty Dread," "Harder Day" and other songs, though not popular here, were still appreciated by the audience.
Stephen Marley was the last of the brothers on stage and he really got the patrons going with an energetic performance. Couples were dancing together when Bob Marley's second son sang "No Cigarette Smoke". Another interesting song in his repertoire was "Pale Moonlight".
As he neared the end of his session, Stephen Marley called on his brothers to join him on stage for a grand finale singing a couple of their father's songs, including "One Love" as they wished the patrons happy Independence.