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Natural Black, John Holt wow Fifth Element 10th anniversary in New York! Featured

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Wake the town and tell the people. Culture has returned to the reggae music scene with a bang. Fifth Element Records hosted a highly successful ‘Culture in the City’ event over the Halloween weekend in the United States. The two day celebration kicked off with the first event being held on Saturday, October 30 at the C-Pac in Brooklyn. The second concert was held the following night at Macedonia Hall in Mount Vernon, New York.



While the first concert in Brooklyn failed to attract a huge crowd, there were high energy performances from all the artistes. However, on the second night, a packed venue full of cheering fans at the Macedonia Hall greeted the artistes and they did not disappoint.


Veteran singer John Holt was in scintillating form, wowing the audience with a steady stream of hit songs from his superb catalogue. Members of the audience leaped out of their seats to dance to huge hits like "Stealing", "Love I Can Feel", “Ali Baba”, the pro-marijuana ‘Police in Helicopter’ and "If I Were A Carpenter". After performing for about 15 minutes, he even paused to take requests, belting out ‘Wear You to the Ball’, a song from his stint with the Paragons, a capella much to the delight of the female fans.

Then he segued neatly into his monster hit, Tide is High – which was made popular internationally by the singer Blondie – and he was forced to pull up the song several times as the crowd shouted the signature ‘Oah’ as he promised ‘I am going to be your number one’. He urged his fans to ‘Sticky By Me’, earning loud cheers each time, and closed strongly with Let’s Go and Have Some Fun before exiting the stage. Radio broadcaster Richie B tried to bring him up onstage for an encore, but the crooner did not return. John Holt had left the building.

Earlier, Natural Black was in awesome form, simultaneously announcing his association with Fifth Element Records and his intention to flip the reggae industry on its ear. First, he began to deejaying offstage declaring ‘Rise We ah Rise Pon Dem’ in a coarse, gravelly Buju Banton-like voice. When he hit the stage, the crowd erupted with a cheer as he ran across the stage, doing a series of high knee lifts.

Natural Black segued into the syrupy-smooth It Nice as he deejayed on key, and then sang the verse in two great voices. The crowd sat mesmerized as he did his new single, On The Road, and bopped their heads to the rhythm.

“Storm and a bagga things ah threaten the island right now," he informed the crowd as he introduced his latest hit, Trouble Nu Set Like Rain. He got a few forwards to this song which is fast becoming a staple on FM radio in Jamaica.

Natural Black then paused and informed the crowd he would be bringing on a few of Fifth Element Records’ latest signings, joking: “Fifth Element full a star, where were you are”. The crowd laughed.

Singer Chris Howell then took the stage, and sang, ‘We’ve Got Tonight’. The temperature inside the building then spiked a few notches when another signing, Christopher hit the stage to sing his popular cover of Shai’s If I Ever Fall in Love Again’. He also got a good ovation for a new released called No Weh No Better Than Yard.


Tony Curtis then walked on to wild cheers and he belted out ‘Should I Even Listen’, and then asked the band, Ruff Stuff, to play the classic Real Rock rhythm. He sang ‘Wickedest Time’ and then Natural Black jumped into to do a Buju Banton classic, Come Test Mi Nuh, and the crowd almost lost its mind, some people jumping out of their seats to hold their lighters aloft. Other good performances came from the talented Boom Blast whose Hennessy song energised the audience and Buju Banton soundalike, Kyenie.

Natural Black then closed his set with his number one hit, Far From Reality.


Singer Richie Spice delivered a great performance as did Chuck Fenda who got a big forward for Gash Dem and Light Dem.


Fifth Element Records, with chief executive officer Devon Wheatley at the helm, has aided in launching some of the biggest names in the business including Etana, Chuck Fenda and Richie Spice. The talented Fyakin and Ras Penco have also been influenced by them as well.


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