The Three Kings: from left, Alix Cage, John Yarde and Raphael Saul. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)
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If anyone told you how fantastically awesome the Three Kings were at Mahalia’s Corner last Sunday, believe the hype.
It was an explosive, enveloping, spine tingling, goose bump kind of experience that John Yarde, Alix Cage and Raphael Saul treated the audience to from the second they hit the stage until the end. It was all of that and then some.
From reggae to pop to gospel these men did it all and they were applauded each time. Some people were enveloped in that wonderful musical harmony they brought to the stage that they stood, sang along, laughed at their playful antics and memories, cheered, and applauded.
Together they did How Far I’ll Go, Far From Finished, Rihanna’s Diamonds as never heard before with an insert of This Little Light Of Mine that should have received a couple “amens”, before the three sang their own originals: Cage’s Don’t Believe Me, Saul’s I Won’t Complain and Yarde’s infectious and groovy testimony Friends And Family.
They then hit the audience at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre with a medley of popular reggae tunes such as Footprint, Sizzla’s Be Strong and when Saul said “rah” the audience went wild. Then they dropped Always On My Mind and without enough time to recover from the sweet vibes they continued to ride that crescendo with Seal’s Kiss From A Rose before being joined by 2 Mile Hill for Michael Jackson’s I’ll Be There.
As Cage said during their performance, it was a triple feature with each artiste standing in the glow of the spotlight and showcasing their ability to sing, engage and allow people to see them for who they are and sing along with them.
The question I had after their performance ended was when’s the next time the Three Kings as they were dubbed by the band were the featured act, would be together?
It is always a pleasure to watch 2 Mile Hill and from the beginning they set the tone for what was indeed a great evening showcasing Barbadian talent.
With an old school set that included Lauryn Hill’s That Thing, Faith Evans’ Love Like This, Eve’s Blow Ya Mind and TLC’s Scrubs, they brought back happy memories of good music and nightclubs.
There was also their 2018 release Get Over, their soulful Set You Free and Voice’s Year For Love.
But the song that people will long remember is Aretha Franklin’s Natural Women performed by Mahalia, Nikita and Betty Griffith-Payne. That verve, harmony and their outstanding voices were riveting! They should consider recording it.
Mahalia’s Corner welcomed 12-year-old Trinity Clarke, fresh from a tour of the Caribbean and the United States. She was in good voice and certainly gained new fans after performing God Is Good and Wind Beneath My Wings which she dedicated to her mother Kareen.
Vince, Faith Murrell, Jai Symone, Leanna Lloyd and Larix performed in the open mic session. The latter performed Runaway which will be on her new album. (GBM)