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Yellowman is a survivor

Yellowman is a legendary artist and was Jamaica’s first dancehall superstar. He was one of the pioneers of Jamaican dancehall and has a vast catalogue of hits – Morning Ride, Mr. Chin and Zungguzungguguzungguzeng to name a few.

He reached his peak in the mid 80’s, but has continued to record and one of his latest efforts is New York from 2003.

In his early career Yellowman had it tough. He was an outcast that managed to rise to stardom due to his witty lyrics and incredible flow.

But the misfortunes came back. Later in life he developed skin cancer and had to go through an operation of his jaw.

All his setbacks makes it amazing to see him live on stage. He may not have much of his voice or flow left, but what he lacks in vocal capabilities he takes back on his energy, that is on the same level as a teenager’s.

He enters the stage in a boxers outfit and runs back and forth across the stage. He jumps around and sprawls with his legs.

The set is varied and a bit odd at times, and includes tunes such as Oh Carolina, Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt and Duppy Or A Gunman. Unfortunately the versions are not nearly as great as the ones he recorded in his prime.

Yellowman is an entertainer that certainly knows how to get a crowd going. I can only imagine how great he must have been back in his heydays.

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Lutan Fyah rocked Stockholm

Last night Jamaican singjay Lutan Fyah performed in Sweden for the third time. Last time he was here he did a decent performance at Uppsala Reggae Festival. That time he lacked energy and the setting wasn’t the best since he took stage early in the evening when it was still quite bright outside.

This time he performed at a small venue packed almost to the max.

He took the stage at 11.30pm. A vision in orange, starting off with a furious version of Ungrateful on the Cardiac Bass riddim. This tune is usually close to a ballad, but backing band House of Riddim turned the chorus into a dancehall frenzy.

Lutan Fyah oozes confidence on stage and gets a warm response from the crowd throughout the night, such as when the whole place joins in on the chorus of Rasta Still deh Bout.

He is an excellent performer and can easily go from growling to singing. And this is one of the reasons why an almost 90 minute long concert never gets dull – the versatility of the material.

He mixes sweet ballads with hardcore deejaying where he bolts across the stage with his knees up to his chin. And House of Riddim is a certainly a very capable band that easily turns each song into something new and fresh. They also know how to travel on some psychedelic dubwise excursions.

In the hip-hop tinged One Life on the Clockwork riddim and Come Over on the Minor riddim the crowd reaches climax. And when Lutan Fyah walks off stage at close to 1.00am Kägelbanan is like a sauna. The only thing that I miss is Save the Juvenile, probably still Lutan Fyah’s best song.

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Romain Virgo knows how to please a crowd

Sweet voiced newcomer and wonderchild Romain Virgo is on his first European tour and last Friday he visited a cold Stockholm.

Romain Virgo enters the stage a few minutes past 1.00 am dressed in a down jacket and backed by French sound and label Special Delivery Music. He hits off with Mi Caan Sleep and the energy that he conveys during the first minutes sets the standard for the show. The jacket is pretty soon changed to a more practical shirt.

He performs almost all songs from his self titled debut album and also kicks in some recent singles such as a lethal cut of the recent relick on the Stalag riddim (Stagalag). The crowd seems familiar with most songs and when the bass hits in No Money the floor is boiling.

It’s hard to believe that Romain Virgo is only 20 years old. He knows how to manage his voice and can also handle a crowd, especially the ladies, for whom he dedicates most of songs.

Romain Virgo has proved himself on album and on stage. Hopefully he can get across to a wider audience and have a hit similar to Gyptian’s recent Hold You. The world is eagerly waiting for him and his music.

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