May 1st, International Workers' Day, was a Beres Hammond Day! The "Love Has No Boundaries - European Tour 2006" brought Beres Hammond, one of the most beloved entertainers in reggae, The Harmony House Singers and the Harmony House Band to the Petrol Club, a very nice venue in Antwerp, Belgium. People from all different backgrounds entered the venue, where they were treated to a well varied selection of tunes selected by the sound system in charge, Original Red Alert, which featured guest MC Ragga Yves. With tunes like Capleton's "Jah Jah City", Barrington Levy's "Black Roses", Dennis Brown's "Revolution", Wayne Wonder's "Bashment Girl", Sean Paul's "Gimme The Light" and Bounty Killer's "Anytime", to name only a few, they warmed up the many reggae fans who were eagerly awaiting their favorite singer.


Original Red Alert
w/ guest MC Ragga Yves & Bush Doctor

Original Red Alert
w/ guest MC Ragga Yves

Harmony House Singers

Harmony House Singers (Photo: Crucial P)

At 11pm the Harmony House Band was on stage and, like many reggae backing bands usually do, started off with an intro of classic riddims including "Swing Easy", "Satta Massa Gana" and "Darker Shade Of Black" (also known as "Norwegian Wood"). After this nice opening three young ladies, introduced as the Harmony House Singers, took the stage. They got the crowd warmed up with tunes like "I Still Believe In Love", and cover versions of Little Anthony & The Imperials' "Tears On My Pillow", Marcia Griffiths' Studio One classic "Feel Like Jumping", Millie Small's big pop reggae hit from 1964 "My Boy Lollipop" and Nelli Furtado's "Turn Off The Light".


Beres Hammond (Photo: Crucial P)

Beres Hammond (Photo: Crucial P)

Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond's arrival on stage caused real excitement and was welcomed with huge approval. The man with the smoky-sweet voice, who has been given many awards over his long career including Songwriter of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Producer of the Year, instantly grabbed the attention of his adoring fans and the rest of the crowd to never let loose again. During his approx. 85 minutes lasting performance it was evident that he was feeling the good vibes prior to his entry on the stage. From beginning to end it was just one big happy feast of recognition as he went into the archives of his hits. The singer treated the crowd to great songs such as "Come Down Father", "Step Aside", "Come Back Home", "Tempted To Touch", "Rock Away", "Sweet Lies", "They Gonna Talk", "Can You Play Some More", "Tempted To Touch", "Putting Up A Resistance", and the list goes on. One of the unexpected songs he performed was the wicked "I Could Beat Myself" on the "Real Rock" riddim. A description of the impression he made with his rendition of each song, would definitely include words like 'energetic', 'powerful', and 'overwhelming'. Even though they didn't play as tight as one would expect, the Harmony House Band did a good job. Only minus were the parts where the guitar player thought he should please the crowd with some 'heavy metal' sounds. All in all Beres Hammond had a strong, pure-hearted performance and excited. At the end he left the crowd screaming for more, but didn't return for an encore. Afterwards it turned out that many fans had left the venue too early. Downbeat The Ruler was in the house and treated those who had stayed to a surprise set in which he spun some real nice dubplates.

Check out below two small videoclips from this show.
We are sorry to offer you only these two small clips. The (tour)management of Beres Hammond told us to stop filming and taking pics.

Text : Mr. T & Photos/Video : Teacher