October 07, 2008
Morgan Heritage blazes Suriname with high-energy performance
Two members of the Morgan Heritage group who were on their way to Suriname and had immigration problems in Miami, were cleared after the intervention of the Surinamese president who was also checking in with his travel party at the time. It is understood that the two members were told by immigration that they didn¹t have visas to enter the country. A representative of FAM Promotions,
which was staging the concert, then alerted the president to the situation who got on his cellular phone and made a call. The plane was preparing to leave the gate at Miami Airport but after the
phone call was made, it was delayed. The members were then made to board the plane after the problem was sorted out and immigration made aware of the purpose of the Mission Tour and the effect it would have on the people.
After the group’s arrival in Suriname, a press conference was called on the morning of the show and aired on national TV station. The promoters of the event then invited Morgan Heritage to a block party in the centre of town to a surprise crowd of about 1,000 plus persons and gave-away a few tickets for the concert. With people coming in from French Guyana in the hundreds, the stage was set for a memorable performance.
On Saturday, September 27, the same night Morgan Heritage was performing in Suriname, there was a show with dancehall artiste Mavado on the same side of town. It was an electrifying night for Jamaican music in Paramaribo, Suriname. This show was the return of Una Morgan to Suriname since 2001, 7 years ago. The people made their voices heard and 4,000 plus came out to enjoy a night of Reggae music. Mavado's show was not well attended, with a little over 300 people in the park, but the dancehall artiste gave a strong performance. Laza from the Gedion Music family opened up for Morgan Heritage and warmed up the crowd. The wait was finally over and from start to finish the energy was on a non-stop high. The people's only disappointment was the 2:00 o'clock curfew time. After performing for 1 hour and 30 minutes, Morgan Heritage left the crowd screaming, “We want more!” truly showed that outside of Jamaica, Reggae still has an edge with audiences all over the world.
The last highlight of the Mission to Suriname was an invitation from the President to his birthday party the following night.