Dominican artists marie-claire and Nelly Stharre were well-received at 2010 Jamaica Jazz and Blues by patrons and media houses alike, who were curious to see the performances of these two ladies from the ‘Nature Isle.’

Nelly Stharre feelin' de vibes

Nelly Stharre teaching de crowd

Nelly, the first to perform on the talent stage at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny, kicked off her set with her original song “Peace and Love.” She also sang “Moon Men and “Life Goes On”- both original songs which were brought to life by the power of the lyrics, her effortless rendition and stirring live instrumentals that had the crowd in a constant frenzy. Patrons who took in the interactive performance shared in call and answer session with Nelly, and reassured her that they enjoyed her performance with resounding shouts and clapping. Nelly’s performance of Peter Tosh’s “Old Vampire” was creatively interpreted, even earning a mention in local paper The Jamaica Star.

marie-claire giving it her all

marie-claire, not one to stray from her Operatic roots, started with her version of the Negro spiritual “Motherless Child.” Chrisette’s Michelle’s “Love is You” was especially well received by the crowd. The classic song “Summertime” was performed with a heavy rock influence—another display of marie-claire’s musical versatility. She introduced the crowd to two singles from her upcoming album the evolution continues: “care for you” and “jah guide (happy).”

The performances of Nelly Stharre and marie-claire were filmed by several media houses, including Hype TV. marie-claire was interviewed by CNPTV based in Connecticut, Canadian radio host Sandy Daley, Lisa Ellis of MDTV (Jamaica) and Courtney Campbell of Nationwide FM.

marie-claire and fellow performer Mario Evon in the press tent

Lookout for more releases from marie-claire in the near future; including the video for the first single “Care For You,” which is being shot in Antigua this weekend.

The festival, which since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, and the Caribbean over the years. International artistes that have performed at Jazz and Blues (as it is popularly known) include Alicia Keys, Kenny Rogers, Norah Jones, Julio Iglesias, Earth Wind and Fire, Roberta Flack and Kenny G.
Artists who performed this year included Machel Montano, Erykah Badu, Billy Ocean, Robin Banks, Queens Project - Tamia, Kelly Price and Deborah Cox, Babyface, The Whispers, Joss Stone, Monty Alexander, Joe Roy Jackson, and Maxi Priest, Gladys Knight, Third World, Hall & Oates, Jon Secada, and Marion Hall (Lady Saw)

Ayeola L. George

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