Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | February 20, 2013
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Reggae Walk of Fame accolade for The Captain - Audience won over by tracks on new album
Freddie McGregor - File
 The Captain of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor, officially launched his first album in seven years - his 36th studio album - aptly titled Di Captain a week ago.

The launch, which was hosted at King's Plaza last Tuesday in front of the Bleu Essence Lounge, produced good performances from McGregor and the rest of his Big Ship crewmates.

Chino opened the show with his hit single, Pon Your Head, followed by Rich Tomorrow. Even though the crowd was initially unresponsive, it soon warmed up to the artiste as he upped the energy level with each song.

Whether it was coincidence or not, the artiste had more to celebrate than his father's album launch, as it was also his birthday.

Soon Chino was joined on stage by his equally talented brother Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor and the two delivered a thrilling performance of Protected before segueing into Caan Fren Again.

One by one the artistes invited their fellow Big Ship artistes on to the stage to tease the crowd with short performances.

OC, the newest addition to the crew, was first up, and he was followed by Bramma. Soon there was a small army of talented up-and-comers on the stage delivering exciting performances.

Before leaving the stage, though, Chino once again took control to acknowledge the mother of his child backstage before performing his single dedicated to her, Miss Universe.

The Big Ship crew soon left the stage and after a brief intermission it was soon time for El Capitán himself to entertain the crowd with some old-school reggae.

The artiste introduced the audience to his new album by performing six songs from the 15-track compilation.

McGregor started off with Move Up Jamaica and instantly the crowd swooned at his velvety voice.

After performing Equal Rights, McGregor then went into a short monologue about the next song, My Story, and the significance it bears in his life.

His performance of the song was filmed to be part of a documentary of the same name, the reggae stalwart revealed he was currently working on.

It would not have been a complete Freddie McGregor performance if the artiste did not serenade the ladies in the audience with a love ballad. The song he chose from the album was, fittingly, a cover of George Benson's Love Ballad.

By then, the artiste had won over the audience with the new songs, but the preview continued. McGregor then performed Let it Be Me, a song that officially features Etana on the album, but because of the reggae songbird's absence, McGregor invited one of his back-up singers to perform the duet with him.

The duet really got the crowd riled up and then McGregor sealed the deal with the final song from the album, You Won't See Me.

Never one for theatrics, McGregor delivered a solid and soulful performance.

It was revealed at the launch that Ras Astor Black had inducted McGregor into his Reggae Walk of Fame and a presentation was made on stage by Black to the reggae luminary.

The night was not done yet, however, as the audience was asked to suggest songs they would like to hear from McGregor's extensive catalogue. The Captain then ended the night on a high by performing some of his older hits as the crowd got out of their seats and danced the night away.

 

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