Freddie McGregor sails into the hearts of Montegonians
The newest entertainment village in Montego Bay signalled its intent
on being the premier location for any entertainment activities when they
hosted reggae greats Freddie McGregor and Jimmy Riley on Saturday, to
officially open their doors.
Donway, a Jamaican-style
village located on the famous Hip Strip in the city, boasts a
state-of-the-art facility with restaurants, sports bar, clubs and a wine
cellar for wine enthusiasts. Its welcome addition to the area is
expected to revive activity along the strip.
Freddie, who recently gave a superb performance at Usain Bolt’s
Tracks & Records in Kingston, sailed into Montego Bay and delivered
an equally impressive performance that is synonymous with his iconic
Time was not sufficient for this living legend to execute his
repertoire, but his over one hour performance engaged young and old fans
throughout his set to the point where he had to do an encore of several
With songs like Push Come to Shove and Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,
McGregor has become accustomed to singalongs, and the patrons were no
different in Montego Bay as they sang every song he performed word for
Even when he was dripping with sweat, the crowd did not want him to stop, and neither did he. The Let Him Try
reggae star set was seamless as the veteran showed no signs of fatigue
and even came back onstage at the end to do two songs before finally
exiting the stage.
Living in Fear singer Jimmy Riley was not afraid to please
reggae fans in Montego Bay as patrons enjoyed his hits that took them
back to a time when reggae music was their solace.
Jimmy, the father of now-famed Tarrus Riley, offered patrons more than one reason to stick around to hear hits like Give Thanks and Praise, I Know We’re Gonna Make It, among others. He
continues to let the public enjoy reggae through his hit songs.
The emcee for the evening was Barry G, and the event highlighted
other acts like Karen Smith, who did creditably well in the early
segment of the show, and Taddy P, who, along with his band, energised