The organisers dedicated a segment of the concert to pay tribute to more than four decades of dedicated work that Hammond has contributed to Jamaica’s popular music and it came off well.
The Di Vibe band was given the task of providing the musical tribute to Hammond and the band did not disappoint.
First was harmoniser Ghana, who was subtle but powerful as she belted out Hammond’s She Loves Me Now among others. Courtni, the only child of songstress Karen Smith, who also does harmonising duties, entered the fray afterwards. She jigged and pranced and sung sweetly as she continued the medley of Hammond’s hit songs and kept the vibes flowing.
Then it was the turn of Smith herself. Her vast experience came to the fore and Hammond must have been proud as he heard her deliver the biting social commentary know as Putting Up Resistance.
But the Di Vibe band could not be left out of the picture and, as the talented Jeelay the Lyricist led proceedings, it was clear as day that the future of reggae music was in capable hands, both from a musical and lyrical point of view.
The effort put in by Di Vibe band and the vocalists who accompanied was a fitting tribute to one of the legends of reggae.
See more photos from the Reggae Riot concert, including the tribute to Hammond, in slider.