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.
Teacher & Mr. T.
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.