Jamaica’s Tessanne & Tami tear up St. Maarten boardwalk in Heineken Regatta XXXII
Jamaican songstresses Tessanne Chin and Tami Chynn rocked the boardwalk in downtown Phillipsburg with the sweet sounds of the islands as one of the many talented regional acts for the recent 32nd St. Maarten Heineken Regatta.
The beautiful, musical sisters were the main stage performers for the regatta’s Friday night entertainment. Due to their international appeal and the popularity of their songs it was clear that their appearance was one of the more highly anticipated ones for the entire weekend of activity as fans (both local and foreign alike) lined the front of stage from early to be able to see these dynamic divas.
Tessanne and Tami, who are both influenced by several musical genres, injected true Caribbean energy into the boardwalk crowd. Tess (as some of her friends and fans call her) opened the Friday night vibes with some of her original rock and pop-infused reggae songs such as “BlackBooks”, “Messenger” and the mega-hit “Hideaway”. She even put a Rock-Reggae spin on Kevin Lyttle’s Soca smash “Turn Me On”, as well as renditions of songs by Adele and Bob Marley.
Tami, however, unleashed her collection of ‘eclectic Dancehall’ tunes which included the well loved “Hyperventilating”, “Over and Over” and “Frozen”.
When asked about how she felt to be in St. Maarten to perform at the Regatta concert, Tessane shared, “It’s wonderful to be back and I feel blessed to be here. The last time I was here I was a backup singer for Jimmy Cliff, so it’s great to return to this stunning island and these die-hard music fans with my original material.
Tami (who revealed plans of launching a new album and bringing forth more live shows for 2012) added, “I’m excited to be here in beautiful St. Maarten. The vibes are wonderful here; nothing but pure niceness. We are thankful to the organizers for having us”.
For this fantastic night of music the always vibrant boardwalk was transformed into a seemingly unending strip of skilled djs and musical technicians accentuated by a cool, serene ocean backdrop. Joining Tessanne and Tami on this night performance were St. Maarten’s entertainers The Showtime Band, The Rebels and steelpan stalwart The Mighty Dow along with Latin and Zouk performers.
From above one could see a sea of glowsticks waving back and forth as an army of appreciative attendees moved to the Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Hip- Hop and Dance music offered by the regatta’s multi-faceted music mixologists.