After a powerful and impressive performance at the annual "Open Tropen
Festival 1997" in Belgium, where he left the crowd begging for more, followed
by two other successful shows, it was time for Maastricht to welcome Prezident
Brown, the cultural deejay from Ocho Rios.
Panache Culture (presenting their
new line-up) started showtime with a solid set of four new songs from their
forthcoming album and a medley of tunes, covering the best from their first
At 11:30 p.m. Prezident Brown took the stage and showed the crowd
in a set nearly 60 minutes long why he is cited as one of the most
up-and-coming performers. Well-known songs like "Heathen Chant", "Prezident
Selection", "Bun Down Rome", "False Pretender", "Roots In The Music", "Rough
Road" as well as the brand new tunes "In This Life", "Brain Food",
and "Paper Roses" were delivered in a great, energetic style. Some of the
tunes got an exciting "rub a dub" treatment with the real wicked "Talking
Drums" as one of the highpoints. Not to be overlooked is the flawless backing
provided by Panache Culture (throughout the years without doubt grown to a
high quality level, not in the last place due to their cooperation with
producer Barry O'Hare and Jamaican artists like Mikey Spice, Daweh Congo,
Prezident Brown, Natty Remo and Nardo Ranks).
After one encore Prezident
Brown left the stage and mixmaster Mighty Mike, from Irie-FM Jamaica, took
over in order to keep the crowd moving on the latest and hottest Jamaican
tunes including his wicked dubplate specials. After a while Prezident Brown,
Barry O'Hare and members of Panache Culture even joined the dancing crowd.
This was definitely an evening of thorough satisfaction.
Teacher & Mr. T.