Review: Ken Boothe has Audience on a String

On Sunday, November 3rd, the legendary, internationally acclaimed reggae star, Ken Boothe, O.D., delivered an outstanding performance to hundreds of exuberant fans at Lehman College in Bronx, New York. The performance was delivered as part of a stellar lineup at “A Musical Evening of Love”. The concert featured performances by other longtime industry stalwarts such as Pam Hall, L.U.S.T., and The Manhattans in that order.

After eager fans awaited his performance, the veteran artiste graced the stage donned in a very sharp black tuxedo with a pair of shiny black dress shoes and completed the look with a red rose neatly pinned to the lapel of his suit.  Wasting no time with formalities, Mr. Boothe greeted the screaming patrons with “Freedom Street” as his opening song. 

His performance lingered on and featured hit after hit that kept the patrons swaying to the rhythms of his melodic catalog. Hits such as “When I Fall in Love”, “Artibella”, “Train is Coming”, ”Puppet on a String” and “Everything I Own” among many others. Mr. Boothe’s vocals sounded unaltered, almost as if time had done nothing to change his voice over the past 51 years. His movements defied his age as he jumped and danced lightly on his feet. To say the audience was pleased would not be sufficient, as they danced, clapped and sang along to every note the 65 year old reggae icon belted out; some more loudly than others. The closing of his performance earned him a standing ovation as the singer allowed the Ruff Stuff Band to perform a musical interlude towards the end of his set.

This performance comes on the heels of the release of Mr. Boothe’s single, “New World Order”, which is featured on his latest album, “Journey”. The album was released in March of this year. “Journey” is Boothe’s latest compilation of tracks which continue to deliver music that is consistent with his message of promoting peace and love, as well as bringing awareness to social injustice. The video, “New World Order”, is currently available for viewing on YouTube. The album is available on iTunes and Media, booking, and general information is available on his website at