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Jackie Opel treat for guest

GERCINE CARTER, [email protected]

Jackie Opel treat for guest

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THE SPIRIT of Jackie Opel must have been hovering in the Frank Collymore Hall on Wednesday night as Edwin Yearwood ignited the hall with a performance that rekindled memories of vintage Opel.

Appearing in a line-up of veterans brought together to entertain the audience at the end of the 17th annual Sir Arthur Lewis Distinguished Lecture, Yearwood paid tribute to the late king of spouge.

The Adrian “Boo” Husbands-led band backing him, infused the kind of energy Jackie Opel gave to the unique beat created by the Barbadian whom people still believe never received the recognition he deserved for his music.

Yearwood belted out the Jackie Opel classics Cry Me a River and You’re No Good in inimitable style and the younger singer’s voice bore reflections of the power of Opel’s.

So  compulsive was the performance, it set one member of the audience dancing in the aisle while others bounced to the rhythm in their seats, while ecstatically punching the air with raised hands.

The entertainment segment was intended to lighten the atmosphere after a heavy academic presentation and master of ceremonies for this part of the evening’s programme, Smokey Burke, came on stage promising a great show. He delivered, drawing from his own repertoire to sing Why I Sing Calypso and his classic Help me Love, and also introduced the line-up of veteran entertainers.

When she sashayed on to the stage, there was high expectancy that she would sing her popular song Kim, but instead, TC  chose to rock the place with two other songs, Who’s To Blame and I’m Sorry. As she is known to do, she worked the stage and her raspy voice reverberated throughout the hall.

Adrian Clarke kept up the tempo with the spouge number Another Try made popular by Mike Thompson and Lunar 7 and the calypso The Melody.

With spoken word artist Adrian Greene performing one of jewels, the SALISES guests were treated to a package of real Bajan entertainment.