Big Ship set to sail - Freddie McGregor prepares super set for Rebel Salute 25 toni
In 2015, reggae crooner Freddie McGregor left his musical imprint on Rebel Salute, held at Grizzly's Plantation Cove in St Ann. From the moment the Big Ship captain sang his first lines, it was evident that a lot of preparation went into his set as he thrilled the audience with hits such as Push Come to Shove, Prophecy, To Be Poor Is A Crime and Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely.
Tonight is expected to be no different as the reggae singer promises another remarkable delivery on the final night of the two-day festival.
"I just hope that I will be given enough time to give a full performance. Stage shows in Jamaica are always running behind time and there are always some stage issues, and me nuh inna dem ting deh. I am ready to entertain and do hope I will be given adequate time to do so," McGregor said.
The legendary singer, who performed in the Cayman Islands last night, said he and his Big Ship band have been rehearsing for tonight's event. He has promised the give the audience some songs that they have not seen him perform locally in a while.
"I just want to be go onstage and deliver for the audience.
My band and I have to put in a lot of work to ensure that we do really well. Rebel Salute fans are musically inclined, so you can't go on that stage and make a fool of yourself," he said.
"It is hard to perform all the songs that I would want to in an hour or so, but as an artiste, you have to find unique ways in getting as much out as you can. We really don't get a chance to perform on the big stage in Jamaica often, so shows like these are usually a great platform," he added.
Rebel Salute celebrates 25 years of building the community and genre.
In addition to employing over 20,000 persons and pumping $348 million in the local economy, the festival has also attracted numerous tourists to the island.
"I worked on the first staging 25 years ago and the second one as well. It has been a really long journey. I have to commend Tony Rebel and his team for holding on so long. People will see a well-executed event but really don't know the amount of work that is put in," he said.
In addition to McGregor, tonight's festival will culminate with performances from the likes of Barrington Levy, Sanchez, Luciano, Queen Ifrica, Admiral Tibet, Gyptian, and others.