The venerable Chaka Demus and Pliers have returned for their first major performance in Jamaica in more than five years. It has been even longer since they graced western Jamaica for a major performance.
The dynamic duo promises a spectacular performance on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival on January 24.
“We are looking forward to performing on the festival. We will be giving them all the hit songs,” said Pliers.
“We are looking forward to entertaining the crowd, especially the Jamaican people. When we perform, we always give the people our best. Is a long time Chaka Demus and Pliers nuh perform in Jamaica, so it’s a pleasure to go out there and perform and give the people our best,” Chaka Demus continued.
Though they have not been seen on the island in some time, the two have been busy on the international scene, performing in the United States, Europe and Africa on reggae, soca and calypso stages.
The duo’s impressive career, spanning some 20 years, has produced hits like Murder She Wrote, Gal Wine, Twist and Shout, Tease Me and She Don’t Let Nobody.
These songs made the Top 5 on the British National Chart.
The Tease Me team emphasised that their most satisfying experience is performing in front of crowds.
“We like to stand up in front of the crowd, whether it’s 100 or 50,000 people, and see them enjoy the art; the work we create,” said Pliers.
In addition, they feel that the most fulfilling and successful part of their extensive career is the longevity of their work.
“It is wonderful to look at the songs we did when we were youths, we have written songs and realised that we used to sing them in the dancehall, and now the world accepts dancehall, and our songs are still alive. That is very beautiful,” added Chaka Demus.
Chaka Demus and Pliers perform among other reggae greats on the first day of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. The festival continues on the 25th and 26th.
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