Concert report
Tony Rebel, Everton Blender & support.
Noorderlight ~ Tilburg ~ The Netherlands.
28 - 01 - 1997

To start with the most disappointing fact of this concert: there were only 150 (!) visitors, but they got what they expected, conscious reggae perfectly backed by the superb Sane Band. This was the first time I saw this band live, and they reminded me of the original Roots Radics ! After some instrumentals (Undying Love a.o.) a young singjay took over the stage, but his set was not impressive.

Things got better from the time Sugar Black & Lebanculeh took over. They opened with Max Romeo's "Jordan River" , a real conscious gem from way back, followed by The Beatles' "Let It Be". Smoothly switching from Bob Andy's "Unchained" to Garnett Silk's "Love Is The Answer" they closed their excellent (short) performance with "Why Be Afraid".

Uton Green did his best, jumping and dancing on stage, but his voice is not yet fully grown to catch the attention of the audience. He did a reworking of Bob's "Heathen", performed "Rocky Road" on the ever strong "Baltimore" riddim and revisited Studio One's "Real Rock" riddim as he sung "You Don't Have To Shoot Tonight". After singing the strong "Man Of Love" it was Everton Blender time.

Too bad the balance between the instruments and his voice was not correct. He kicked of with "Create A Sound" followed by "Bob Marley" and the title track from his latest album "World Corruption". Seeking contact with his audience Everton delivered a good show, with Sugar Black and Lebanculeh providing harmony vocals. "Familyman" and his Jack Scorpio's hit "Blend Dem" woke up the engineer, who adjusted the balance between Everton's voice and the band. "The Man" on the Baltimore riddim was followed by "Blow Your Nose". In acapella style he did a rendition of Horace Andy's Studio One classic "Where Do The Children Play?". The already classic "Lift Up Your Head" closed his wicked show.

Tony Rebel was called on the stage where he opened with his rendition of "Jah Jah See Them A Come". The audience loved it and Tony gave the people what they wanted : a selection of his best known tunes. "Creator", "Good People", and the crucial "Sweet Jamaica" led to his Garnett Silk's tribute "Christian Soldier" and "Splashing And Dashing". He paid homage to Bob Marley with "No Woman No Cry" followed by a hits medley. "Vibes Of The Times" together with "Nazarite Vow" were one of the highlights of his performance. At the end he did "Know Jah" and finished with "Jah Is By My Side".

The sound system took over with The Tamlins "Still Waters" and the 150 (!) reggae fans went home satisfied.

Teacher & Mr. T.

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