The weeks have been moving along soooo fast, it was just Monday and now it’s almost the end of Wednesday. I hope all is well, hope you haven’t missed me too much, I have a lot of backed up articles, so look out for that!
I have something new for you, nothing nuh nice like new music, right? Today I’ll be sharing “Crazy Over You” by Ras-I featuring Runkus and Royal Blu (Faves). The instrumental for this song gives me a neo-soul feel with a touch of jazz. I love it. The lyrics follows suit with Ras-I’s voice coming in nice and sultry, caressing my heart… and eardrums. Crazy Over You describes a love story known to many people; beautiful, sturdy like a Nokia 3310, crazy love. Ras-I, Runkus, and Royal Blu take turns singing their love fable. Each having a different vibe but fitting perfectly on the track. Take a listen to Crazy Over You!
“Babe you know it’s true,
My love goes crazy over you…”
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It’s Wednesday so I got some brand new tings to share with you. Ras-I released an ode to the beautiful black woman, titled “Nubian.” This song touches your soul from the instrumental intro, as he strongly says, “It’s hard to find the perfect words, to tell you how I feel…” Same! That was my exact sentiment in regards to this instrumental. I must admit as a black woman, this song truly made me feel special, appreciated even. Ras-I boasted a number of amazing traits of his black woman. Though this is about the lovely women out there, this song is one to rock along to with someone special, take a listen to Nubian.
I cursed myself for wearing this thin shirt when the cold air settled on my skin like a blanket. That and the fact that this was the New Wave finale had me feeling like I walked all the way to the cook shop only to hear “No curry gravy,” vex. But we have to enjoy the good times while they’re here, and that I did.
It was time for the event to start when Dj Stamma, who was in charge of the musical mixing, took the sound down low. The resident host, Brittany Brown warmly welcomed us to the space, and in that same breath introduced the featured artists for the night. Joshua Soals, @Solasink, who is abroad, and Khari Kamau, @Khari.Kamau, who she invited on stage. She asked him where his inspiration comes from, which he responded, from being around his friends, and that he’s interested in patterns.
Her final question was “How do you describe your art?”
“Me.” he responded with a chuckle.
They left the stage, to be replaced by Dj Stamma, who introduced the artiste for the night, Ras-I.
Ras-I came full storm, with a keyboardist, a bass guitarist, a guitarist, Zosia as backup singer, Cespo on djembe, and Jody on small percussion. We could feel a positive energy radiating from the stage as the band worked concertedly with Ras-I. He sang Still the Storms Come, Dread Inna Babylon, Never Gonna Lead I Astray, Keep I Safe; song after song he filled the air with conscious lyrics. He did Roots With Quality for the ladies, and here I must big up Zosia, for hitting all of those notes. He ended his set with Bad Boy Bully.
He couldn’t end without lifting the vibes even more though, this is where more excitement ensued, the unity between the younger and upcoming artistes was heard loud and clear. We got to hear lines and impromptu free styling from Runkus, Pagey, Jeeby, Blvk H3ro, Leno Banton, Grei Show, and some of the ladies as well; Zosia, Courtney, and finally Sevana. Ras-I closed off by giving thanks on behalf of all who touched the stage, and wishing for a great 2017.
This was followed by an open mic session, where anyone got a chance to shine, starting with a dub poet.
Chereese LaVonne introduced herself by simply saying, “I draw words.” Then she began, making my heart swell with her beautiful way with words. The piece I enjoyed the most was her final poem, Speak, I’m not sure of the title but for this sake I’m gonna call it “Speak.”
A portion of persons came up to speak or sing, and collect their 5 minutes of fame. To name a few, there was Nattoo, Khalel, Elad, Meikle for D.R.E.D.Z.-Drums Rythm Expression Dynamic Zeal, Maneen, Sahj, Tara, Eva Flow, Deandra, Pagey, and finally BussWeh party which included Grei Show and Lila Ike. This was followed by the Aux cord segment.
And that is how we said goodbye to this season of New Wave.
Photos by Romario ‘@leBossLYNCH’ Lynch, click the hashtag to see more: #SeenByLynch.
Phillip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts | UWI, St. Andrew
Firstly I must commend the Elysium team because this concert was heavily promoted, and as the days dragged on I grew even more excited. What surprised us all, was that everyday a new act was added to the flyer, I kid you not the lineup just kept growing, not like we were complaining. With such a long lineup we knew there was no way we would be out the theatre by 10pm.
I was not surprised by the late start simply because I’m yet to find a Jamaican concert that starts on time. In fact I was grateful for it because the concert was held on a Monday so I went there straight from work, I had a slim hour to reach on time. There was an announcement that the concert would be starting at 7pm instead of 6 so when I got up to UWI I hailed some friends, and chilled likkle bit before heading back to Phillip Sherlock; only to see a hella long line stretching from the door. Shawn and I joined the line and little by little we got closer to the door.
I had been in this theatre many times before and I don’t like it as a concert venue, but the chairs were nice and comfy, preparing us for what would seem like an endless concert. The host for the evening was the energetic Debbie Bissoon, she did a good job taking us throughout the show. The first act was someone new to me, Quada, he confessed that it was his first time performing with a live band, to me he rocked it though.
Next up was Girl, it was my first time seeing her perform and she stole my heart, I love off her voice, she definitely gained a new fan. Plus she is a great performer, she used up the stage, and gave her backup singers some shine as well. She was followed by Blvk H3ro (pronounced black hero) his set gave me so much life, he did not miss a beat, and he was all over the stage, at a point he had us wondering if he was going to mash up di people dem mic stand. To our pleasant surprise during the last song in his set he brought on Protoje, who joined H3ro in singing his song, Herb. Let me tell you, the place tun over when Proto came out.
Di Vibe was up next! It was my first time hearing about this band, the band is evidently full of talent, they started off with one of the backup singers taking center stage, serenating us with a Beres Hammond song. Then she switched places with another backup singer, their voices were different and set a nice groove. Finally the lead singer, Jeeby, came out introducing us officially to Di Vibe. I see it clear they’re gonna get far.
They were followed by a short intermission, when we resumed the Elysium team sent two of their members to honor Beres Hammond with a plaque, to show gratitude for his tremendous achievements in Jamaica’s music. The music started back with Runkus, he started off mellow but got into the energetic state that I always see (and love) from a Runkus performance. He brought Protoje back on stage to drop a few lines for the crowd and let me tell you the audience ate it up.
Next up was Ras I, the ladies loved him, and I nah go ’round it I love him too, his voice is like magic. How him move round so much with that head of hair though? He was followed by dBURNZ, the crowd went wild for him not only is he a great performer he’s well known about the UWI campus. With our energy still high, Dre Island was up next, the crowd was definitely lively for his set and even more lively when he brought on Kelissa & Chronixx, who gave us a little piece.
By this point it was well after 11, and the crowd was growing tired but we had come for the show and we neva did a leff ’til the party done. Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin graced the stage with high energy, it was so contagious, though tired the crowd found energy to respond to the older but hit songs he brought to us. He couldn’t end his set without singing a few songs off “The Theory of Reggaetivity” though. He was followed by Beenie Man, this was the first time I saw Beenie Man live, he is a joke embodied, he looked enthused with the way the crowd was reacting to him song after song. No one was seated during his set as you had to dance [wine up] to the classic dancehall songs he sang for us. I couldn’t even get a proper picture of him, he was never still, with some new breed a dancing dwl! I enjoyed his performance, and evidently so did the crowd, wherever he took pauses, you could hear the audience singing along, word for word. It was all fun until we saw the police officer heading on stage to Beenie.
The officer didn’t have to say a thing, we all knew what he was here to do, hence the crowd reacted by booing. I don’t know what it is but every show I go to with Sizzla Kalonji on the lineup, the police come to lock it off, either while he’s on stage or in this case, before he gets on stage. This threw the crowd into a noisy buzz, until the host came back on stage to appease us. She informed us that the show would go on. Some of the Elysium team members awarded Sizzla his plaque, and he headed straight into his set. The Fyah man tried to run through all the songs he prepared by singing a piece and cutting it short, then moving to the next. Though disappointed the audience blazed the fyah with him. This was Reggae Riot.
More photos in the gallery below.[click to enlarge]
Agent Sasco a.k.a. Assassin
Ras I’s band.
One of my fave percussionists, Cespo.
One of my fave percussionists, Chippy.
Kelissa & Dre Island
Dre Island, Kelissa & Chronixx
Runkus and Protoje killing them with kindness.
Di Vibe [Band]
One of my fave percussionists, Jody.
Sizzla Kalonji & host, Debbie Bissoon
I know this pic is blurry as hell but from left, Shawn, me & Soren.