4/28/2005

JamRock - Damian & Stephen Marley concert

The first thing that popped in my head as my sis and I turned onto the main street was "Coffee". The air was infused with the smell of it, increasing in intensity as we neared the destination. After a couple of blocks, my mind switched to the immediate need of finding a parking spot.

We got in quickly after paying half the price (We were late and had missed the first set.) We finagled our way onto a vantage point. Jr. Gong was a vision in dreadlocks that extend close to his knees. Rapid fire delivery, lilting alittle, undulating beat, thoughtful, then slowly building, building into a pandemonium of sorts, with us jumping around with our hands in the air.
"Exodus! Movement of Jah People"

After a couple more songs, Jr. Gong and his band leave the stage. We go and get some tshirts. The crowd starts stomping on the floor (it wasnt an aggressive type of stomp) shouts of 'JamRock!" are heard(from people i know ;). They return with Stephen Marley, and get right to performing. The vocalist is incredible. Her voice is expressive, effortlessly so, so powerful. Her dancing...passion personified.
The air is thicker and it feels hot, i fan myself with my palms (futile! - dont ask GW to pronounce that word).

"Could You be Loved?"
I start smiling, like this huge huge smile and saying things like "Thats! My! favourite! Song!" (I think my sis was wincing at how giddy i was, and probably at how loud i was exclaiming...corny moment of the day.) This version of could you be loved is amazing. The original is preserved, but they speeded up alittle, so its like you are hearing Bob Marley kabisa, yet it is updated. I was damn near euphoric with glee. (Should there be a rule that if you cover one's legendary song that you have to be a direct talented progeny?- This version was amazing. If the marley brothers tour again, check out their version of 'Kaya' Hai, utapenda - you will love it).

Some tall dude (wooie he looked African) just comes and plants himself infront of us bila masilahi. we look at each other quizzically, wait a moment to see if he realises the error of his way (literally)...he doesn't. Repositioning...
A guy on the stage is waving the lion flag. (I had seen him before at previous concerts by the Marley brothers) The enthusiasm of his flag waving cannot be underestimated. I swear he is the best flag waver i have ever seen. He waved that flag to the beat the whole time we were there, his dancing was preety good too.

There is something magical about reggae. It seeps into your soul, your mind and most of all your body. It makes you move, and stomp your right foot on the floor as if in worship at church, stretch your right hand in the air as if you are elastigirl from the incredibles...then be at a loss for words to say, coz you are enjoying this so so much.

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9 Comments:

Blogger akiey said...

Afromusing, U just brightened my day with the Damian & Stevie Marley post! I can relate to everything you describe here for I have been fortunate enough to catch them on tour a couple of times. And yes, Jr.Gong is an amazing star blending the Honorable Tuff Gong's Roots rhythm with the more vibrant dancehall/ragga riddim.
That flag bearer, OMG, you made me laugh, I've seen the guy wave that flag for like 3 hrs nonstop!! He's got natural mystic in him:))
I last saw the Marley Bros in Cleveland but missed them in Detroit fall of last year.
Am glad u had a wonderful time. Did you buy Jr.Gong's Grammy-winning "Halway Tree"? Hope so, I spin it so much I fear it would burn in my player! Let me know if u've seen The Wailers in concert, I have pics from last year I can send u, sawa?
I-rie:)!

4/29/2005 1:59 AM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

heh!can't wait to see the pics. I didnt have a digital camera :( but the experience is like burnt in my brain, glad you like the post.

4/29/2005 5:29 PM  
Blogger Deno said...

Super jealous - 'Could u be loved' is a work of genious - we up north have learnt to live with being written off though!!! Either of u - kindly mention to them next concert u go for that the Marley family(lauryn included) have got a massive following in Montreal. We are TIRED of being sidelined!!!

4/30/2005 1:35 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

Afromusing, not to worry. Am in too deep buried in work right now but will get pics for you by the weekend.

Deno, me thinks Toronto gets a better deal in concerts than Montreal. I know how you feel. They need to tap into your market too. Will forward you the pics as well.

5/04/2005 3:48 AM  
Blogger akiey said...

Hey Afromusing, plz let me know how I can send you the Wailers' concert pics. I have about 10 ready for you.
Have a great weekend.

5/06/2005 11:32 PM  
Blogger Afromusing said...

akiey, send it to afromusing at gmail dot com. Thanks so much!

5/07/2005 3:22 PM  
Blogger akiey said...

Thanks for the add, pics already sent. Enjoy!

5/07/2005 8:57 PM  
Blogger pEDRO said...

anyone know the name of "flag dude?".... thanks excellent blog

4/15/2007 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Viagra Online said...

That must have been such a wonderful evening! Damian Marley has a great and modern style, Stephen is a little bit more old styled. Wonderful!

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