Sevana ‘brings the magic’ to Jazz and Blues stage | Entertainment

Sevana was not to be outdone on the virtual stage of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, which concluded on Saturday night.

The event was appropriately themed ‘Bringing Back The Magic’, following a five-year hiatus, and it was reflected in the performances.

From start to finish, the singer-songwriter commanded the attention of viewers worldwide, making a bold statement in her outfit; but it was her vocal arrangement that had jaws dropping.

The In.Digg.Nation signee was part of the vibrant line-up for the final night, along with other local acts Zia Benjamin, Tessellated and Richie Stephens, and those from outside Jamaica, including Grammy Award winner Jon Secada. Sevana’s female colleagues Lila Ike, Naomi Cowan, Jaz Elise and Joby Jay, while not sharing the stage with her, showed their support via live messages.

Sevana was honest in her engagement with the audience as she revealed that for her, 2020 was a hard year, “from family problem, to man problem, to people weh see yuh and bad mind yuh just because dem see yuh ah do supn wid yourself, and I would not have been able to make it without the Grace of God Almighty”.

The revelation had many viewers urging the singer to “preach”, using the good music to express her emotions.

“Ah Sunday school we deh now, a church we deh,” Sevana declared, following her one-liners of gospel lyrics from popular songs, which she sang just before leading into the one-drop track Haul and Pull.

Ironically in Haul and Pull, which is recorded on the all-female rhythm compilation ‘Rock & Groove’, the singer said, “I’m not trying to preach to you, but it is like we forgot the truth” which made for a great transition into the next set of tracks honouring the likes of Dennis Brown and Beres Hammond.

One Twitter user said the set deserved a live audience and that “the energy woulda mad especially when she start deejay”, making reference to her freestyles which included a rendition of Slow Motion by Vybz Kartel, after singing Brown’s classic Have You Ever Been In Love. She quickly catches herself in the moment of wining her waistline to the lyrics and says, “Ah Jazz and Blues, nuh dancehall night.”

As if aware a dancehall vibe could be considered a rebellious act, she ended her tribute segment with a cover of Hammond’s Double Trouble. Like dessert after a fancy dinner, her set ended with her popular song Mango.

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