Michael Prophet, Jah Woosh & Ruff Cut Band.
Sub Rosa ~ Almelo ~ The Netherlands.
15 - 03 - 1997
According to the people who were lucky enough to catch
all from the start Dutch Soundsystem "Jah Sound" played some
excellent tunes before Ruff Cut Band started the show. I entered roundabout
23:30 when Michael Prophet had just hit the stage. Unfortunately Linval
Thompson didn't perform, another announced artist not showing up, and a
promotor or artist (I don't know who slipped here) giving live reggae a
But Michael Prophet showed the virtues of live reggae.
Michael once again showed he is not someone whose name is his most famous
weapon, but his current performances are. His voice was incredibly good
last time I saw him, a few years ago in Geel (Belgium), and now he seemed
to sound even better. The Ruff Cut Band proved why they are considered
to be one of UK's hottest backing bands. Every single note was tight as
were the riddims, quite a few reminded me of in fine form Roots Radics
like on Michael's albums for Junjo Lawes, from which he drew quite a lot
of the songs he performed. Some of the best renditions he gave were "Righteous
Are The Conqueror", "Originally", "Youthman" and
his encore ended with one of reggae's all time greatest songs "Gunman".
Michael Prophet did an excellent job on stage and his energetic dancing
during the heavy dubwise pieces played by the Ruff Cut Band certainly showed
Veteran DJ Jah Woosh was left the rough task to follow this performance.
He gave us all he got, but unfortunately problems with his microphone left
him reeling. It was a pity his conscious lyrics now went astray, because
Ruff Cut's rhythms were very much on top of his voice. Quite a lot of riddims
known from his "Marijuana World Tour" album and an artist who
kept his upful mood nevertheless left a good impression of what he is capable
of when his mic is working fine.
The combined performances kept us all in the right mood
for over two hours, and it was a real pleasure to see that after two not
too well attended sound system nights the audience finally found it's way
to Sub Rosa. Some joyous afterparty sounds from "Jah Sound" showed
that it would be a shame if their next show at Sub Rosa wouldn't attract
the same size of audience on the 4th of April!
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