The latest effort to get a regular reggae-dance in Amsterdam is done by Bashcrew, who organize the Reggae Lounge at Amsterdam's AMP every first and third Sunday of each month. After the soundsystem did their warm up of the audience, it was up to Sticko and his Bashcrew to turn up the heat some more. Playing the Abyssinians "Satta Amasa Gana", original "Moving Up", the 'original' cover of Alpha Blondy's "Jerusalem", as well as having their keyboard player doing a US-style rap in the song "What Are We Fighting For", they did Bob Marley & the Wailers' "Them Belly Full". Up next was the rock-influenced "Roots Vibration" before doing a marvelous Dutch lyrics tune "Van Die Kleine Dingen" 'Just Those Little Things'. They concluded their entertaining set with the once again very popular Alton Ellis/now Sean Paul-tune "I'm Still In Love" with a DJ-part that was the closest I ever heard anyone on Dutch stage approach Buju Banton's voice.

1) Jagwa, Tony Chin, Donovan Carless and Andrew McIntyre.
2) Tony Chin sharing vocals.
3) Andrew McIntyre on one of his vocal stints.

After a short stage-makeover during which the turntables took over, the latest incarnation of the Fully Fullwood band showed they have grown immensely since performing at this year's Reggae Sundance in August, benefiting from a vocal line-up strenghtened by the addition of former Soul Syndicate singer Donovan Carless, who immediately showed his abilities on "Coming In Hot" alongside his former bandmates Fully Fullwood and Tony Chin. Powerful convincing renditions of the late great Peter Tosh "Not Gonna Give It Up", "Pick Myself Up", "African", "Equal Rights", "Downpressor Man", "(You Got To Walk And) Don't Look Back" and the Joe Higgs written Peter Tosh trademark tune "Stepping Razor" certainly deserved a larger crowd than the ones present at the KNSM-laan in Amsterdam this time. This could however not stop the Fully Fulwood Band from doing a great Peter Tosh tribute, which they continued with "I'm The Toughest", "Bush Doctor", "Babylon Your Queen Is Falling", "Buk In Ham Palace" that incorporated a piece of Shinehead's Sting adaptation here called "African In New York" with keyboard player Jawga doing the DJ-ing, and Peter Tosh' Chuck Berry cover "Johnny B. Goode".

1) Tony Chin in front with Jagwa & Donovan Carless.
2) The 'Dutch Buju Banton'.
3) Donovan, Andrew, drummie and percussionist Peppe.

The vocal line-up of Donovan supported by Tony Chin and former Wailers bandmember Andrew McIntyre really did a great job, and Donovan proved why in a superb rendition of William De Vaughn's (also famous of Massive Attack and Bunny Clarke) "Be Thankful", before Andrew McIntyre did his soft-soulish Maxi Priest "Sweet Cry Freedom" over first a soft soul instrumentation then seguing into a rockish one drop. Peter Tosh' great "Rastafari Is" was followed by "Rub A Dub Tonight" with a wicked Fully Fullwood bass-solo over a nice dubwise. It was very appropriate to close this strong performance at the Reggae Lounge with "Get Up, Stand Up" and make a mark for the Fully Fullwood Band's Peter Tosh Celebration Tour and Amsterdam's Reggae Lounge to become mainstays in the reggae live circuit in the Netherlands.

Text & Photos : Souljah

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