The stage displayed a large screen, a podium draped in a Jamaican flag and an incredible 8-piece band with Ken Dread DJ at the helm. Ken introduced us to the evening in a sparkly waistcoat, tails and the most impressive dreadlocks I’ve ever seen, they were literally trailing on the floor! Ken is exuberant, full of energy and remained on stage throughout playing tracks from a turntable aswell as providing some of the backing vocals.
We meet our Narrator for the evening, John Simmitt, clearly very passionate about his culture as he appeared on stage wearing a Jamaican flag tie and was able to capture the audience’s attention for this 2 ½ hour show. There were many interesting facts surrounding the Caribbean, but as John said, it’s all History, not Black History or White History, just History, as we all live on this planet together. That really resonated with me, and I found it a very welcome and powerful statement. John clearly enjoyed the night, dancing along on stage with the very infectious music.