Nikita De Souza
John Holt’s style was easy-going and more relaxed than most of his colleagues.
Holt was one of those iconic singers whose music not only had a beat and words, but also was a recognizable forerunner of the “lovers’ rock” sub-genre.
By the age of twelve, he was a regular competitor in talent contests in Jamaican theatres, winning 28 contests. By the early 1970s, he was one of the biggest reggae stars on the island.
In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Distinction (Commander Class) by the Jamaican government for his contribution to Jamaican music, one of the countless awards Holt has received over the years.
Diagnosed with colon cancer in June of this year, the renowned John Holt died on October 19.
Gregory Isaacs, who passed away 4 years ago, is one of those singers whose music did not die along with him.
Isaacs came to prominence as a member of the trio called The Concords in the 1960s, but embarked on a solo career in 1970. By the late 1970s, he was among the biggest reggae performers in the world.
Isaacs hit, Night Nurse, is considered one of his most popular songs. He is also among the few reggae artistes who have received a Grammy Award nomination.
Montrealers will gather to celebrate the music and lives of these two legendary Jamaican-born artistes – John Holt and Gregory Isaacs – a production of Super Genius. Take this opportunity to reminisce as we celebrate the lives of these two musical geniuses and their slow jams from back in the day.
In addition to the tribute to Gregory Isaacs and John Holt, there will be performances by local artistes, including Trevor Reid, Mello-G and Singer Robin. Saturday November 29 11:30pm at Jamaican Association 4065 Jean Talon, West