Live In San Francisco
October 12, 2008
|Label||2B1 Multimedia Inc.|
|Format||DVD - Region Free + Audio CD|
|Length||60 minutes (approx.)|
|Producer/Director||Boots & Dusty Hughston for 2B1 Multimedia Inc.|
Lutan Fyah, born Anthony Martin, grew up in Thompson Pen, St. Catherine, Jamaica where he was exposed to music at a very early age. Unlike many of today’s musicians, however, Lutan Fyah’s musical education did not begin in church. Instead he received proper schooling from his grandfather’s sound system and from the many artistes who used to vibe out around the sound and hone their skills in his yard. Despite his early immersion Lutan absolutely loved the game of soccer and excelled at the sport. Throughout his teenage years he represented his community, his school, and played in the national premier league for Constant Spring. His skills as a midfielder and all round soccer player are way above average and for a time, he exerted his energies in this endeavour with a good measure of success. The magnetism of music, however, proved more powerful and soon after becoming disenchanted with the sport, he followed a higher calling and decided to pursue his vision of Lutan Fyah, the music man. Determined, he made frequent visits to many of the studios around Kingston in a bid to make a name in the competitive music field. While on his journeys, he visited Buju Banton’s Gargamel studio and was chosen as a promising artiste after he passed an audition. Since then he has moved from strength to strength.
'Armageddon War', a single on the Gargamel Label, opened doors for him in Europe and on the West Coast of the United States, where the zealous Rastafarian chanter is particularly well loved. His 'Fling Stone' was also well received by the international reggae public and soon he became sought after by some promoters who were impressed with what they were hearing. Shortly after, in 2001, Ghetto Technologies contracted him to perform on the North West Reggae Fest in Seattle, Washington. His performance that night was so dynamic that Lutan Fyah started getting other gigs on the West Coast. Since then, he has performed all along the West Coast and has graced the stage in a number of cities along the East Coast, Bermuda and London. He did a month-long tour of Germany; additionally, he had the opportunity to perform in Austria and Switzerland, much to the delight of his fans. In November 2004 he toured France. He has voiced tunes for labels such as Xterminator, Jah Warrior, Mac D and Lustre Kings. At the same time he made his full length debut with "Dem No Know Demself" on the Minor7Flat5 label. The aforementioned company Lustre Kings released his long-awaited album entitled "Time and Place". In 2006 he released two albums, "Phantom War" on Greensleeves and "Healthy Lifestyle" on VP. His latest effort "You Bring Blessings" was released on the UK based Cousins label in 2007.
'Live in San Francisco' is -technically spoken- the best DVD that 2B1 Multimedia Inc. has released. This DVD/CD set by the roots reggae singer includes a 5 camera video shot DVD in HD digital with a biography, photo gallery, and a bonus unreleased studio track. The DVD and CD both include the full length concert digitally mastered in stereo (LPCM 1536 Kbps) and 5.1 Dolby Surround (448 Kbps). The quality of the video is perfect, at last I & I would say. Their DVD's were notorious for VHS-a-like video quality, but this one is just excellent! From the same company came live sets from Capleton, Luciano, Junior Kelly, Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs and Lady Saw.
Lutan Fyah is not the kind of '200% energetic, full of fire, jumping & shouting' entertainer such as Sizzla, Elephant Man or Capleton, but he performs his songs in a righteous, thoughtful but yet powerful way. After the excellent opening - Thanks & Praises - he continues with Bits & Pieces, his above average rendition of Pow Pow's fine 'Blaze' riddim. One of my favorite Lutan Fyah songs is Blood Stain over the 'Labalaba' riddim. Check out the guitar solo at the end of the song! One of his first hit tunes (he did with rasta brother Josie Mel) Rasta Still de Bout is present here too and followed by the mighty Save The Juvenile, only in a too short a version. Screaming From The Poor is very well done here. It remains a strong lick pon the 'Triumphant' riddim from Kemar McGregor. The last tune is People Cry, not our cup of tea, but we must admit it is a suitable way of ending the concert. Judge for yourself.
The DVD can best be described as one hour of pure joy. Lutan Fyah is in top shape, the cooperation with the backing band (Wadi Gad, Dub Soldier Damon Lee, Ian Scherer and Ben Thompson) is flawless and the vibes are 200%. Watch & enjoy!
These are the songs included on this dvd :