After some nice juggling by Wuppertal's own Rainbow Warrior Sound, the stage at Wuppertal's U-Club was taken by Feueralarm, backing Toto who quickly guided the band through (translated-to-) German versions of "Ganja", "Der Ganjaman", and especially incredible for any non-native-German-speaker: "Marijuana Auf Der Ecke", the literal translation of Richie Spice's take on the 'I Swear'-riddim: "Marijuana (Pon The Corner)", serving as a prolonged soundcheck.


Elijah Prophet w/ Feueralarm Band

Elijah Prophet

After a short break the band usually backing Ganjaman or Taffari, Feueralarm, returned to the stage, to back Elijah Prophet, wasting no time kicking off his set with one of his strongest releases till date, the excellent "King Of Kings" over Pow Pow's 'Superior'-riddim, "Want You Back" over another of Ingo Rheinbay's mighty riddims: 'Blaze' and Garnett's "Music Is The Rod" before he came back for an encore that included another take on the legacy of the late Garnett Silk, the beautiful "Lord Watch Over Our Shoulders" and his "Got To Be Conscious" over Rootdown's 'Crystal Woman'-riddim, before continuing to ride that riddim for his last song "Smoke The Sensi".

Uton Green

Uton Green

This nice performance by the man with the great silky voice was followed by Uton Green who entered the stage with his "No Looking Back" over Tony Rebel's 'Lalabella'-riddim, nice tunes over 'Real Rock', 'Full Up', and "Bright Day" over Bob Marley & The Wailers 'Heathen'-riddim, "Keep On Coming" over Sly & Robbie's 'Taxi'-riddim and "Rocky Road" over their 'Baltimore'-riddim, and of course closing his set with the seminal "Can't Tek" that found its way to so many dubboxes over the last couple of years. Mark Wonder was up next and delivered an entertaining set which included "Liberation Song" over Addis Records' 'More Redemption'-riddim, "Rasta" and "Only The Strong" over Al.Ta.Fa.An's 'Immigration'- and 'Security'-riddims and "Tell It Like It Is" over Pow Pow's 'Blaze'-riddim, before an encore over Pow Pow's 'Superior'-riddim and a reprise of "Liberation Song".

Mark Wonder

Admiral Tibett

Then veteran conscious dancehall singer Admiral Tibett took the stage to musical intro with snippets of the 'Cherry Oh Baby'- and 'Things And Time'-riddims, before the still very fresh sounding singer unleashed "Serious Time" over 'Freedom Blues', and his Techniques hit "Terrorist", "Babylon Dem Sistem Is A Fraud", "Happy" over the Soul Vendors' 'Swing Easy', his 1991 success "Don't Try To Dis Me Girl" over 'Cherry Oh Baby' and "Babylon War" over 'Full Up', and of course splendid versions of his "Leave People Business" over the Wailing Souls' fabulous 'Things And Time'-riddim and he closed his set with yet another for Winston Riley's Techniques label recorded scorcher, "Woman Is A Trouble" over 'Stalag'.

A very entertaining showcase, and given the circumstances, that is an aborted tour for these artists, standing at an airport in Germany with neither equipment nor a band, no promoter in sight, even superb showcase.

Admiral Tibett

Herb-A-Lize Itís MC Daddy Jim

After the live-show, the dancehall party started, with Wuppertal's own Rainbow Warrior Sound prolonging the good vibes, before at 2.30 a.m. Holland's Herb-A-Lize It Sound had the pleasure of their maiden turn at the U-Club massive, followed by R.I.Z.L.A. Sound from Leipzig who deserved big respect for just 'doing his thing' completely uninfluenced by the bashment vibes of Rainbow Warrior Sound and Herb-A-Lize It, spinning excellent 70s dub and roots tunes, before both more 'dancefloor aimed' sounds took over again, culminating in a long and entertaining friendly dub-fi-dub, that sounded like a warning to Civalizee for May 20th from Herb-A-Lize It. So many big tunes from both sounds that I really wonder whether that will be topped on April 8th, when the second edition of War Inna East will be staged in Enschede at Atak. Hope to see all clashheads there. It was only justice however that R.I.Z.L.A. Sound had the honour to play the farewell tune for this very entertaining night.

Text & Photos : Souljah

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