Raging Fyah launched debut album at Wickie Wackie Featured

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An estimated 500 Raging Fyah fans turned out at Wickie Wackie Live on Sunday, August 7th to pree a special performance of the band’s debut album Judgement Day. As the half moon rose in the night sky, everyone felt the Irie Vibe, even those Far Away, who logged on via for the live stream.


The evening opened with classic tracks from Wickie Wackie Live main selector Gabri Selassie who got the fans gathered to rock and groove as they sampled treats from Healthy Diets and watched the sun set over the Caribbean Sea. Mcee Simone Simpson welcomed the audience and began the programme by inviting three major industry players, who have supported the band over the past years, to say a few words to commemorate this major milestone in their musical journey.

Robert Bryan, CEO of Grizzly’s Entertainment was first on stage to congratulate the band he fondly referred to as his “sons”, boasting proudly of “watching the boys grow under his roof,” where they have been practicing diligently for over a year in preparation for their international career. After pledging the continued support of the Grizzly’s family, Bryan was followed onstage by producer Mikey Bennett who reflected on the band’s committed work ethic and musical style. The album was recorded at Bennett’s Grafton Studio and Bobby Digital’s studio. Edna Manley College senior lecturer, JARIA President and founding member of Third World and Inner Circle, Ibo Cooper, completed the trio of speakers. Cooper congratulated the band on their discipline and focus, and spoke to the power and potential of Reggae in the international market and the probability of Raging Fyah fulfilling that potential.

After a few album giveaways, the six-member Raging Fyah band took the stage, joined by a horn section and percussionist to deliver the full sound produced in studio for the 11 track, self-produced album. With perfectly tempered ocean breezes circulating the pulsing sounds of great Reggae music, fans from near and far (including a few lifelong fans who journeyed from St. Elisabeth), could not get enough of Raging Fyah. By the time the band performed crowd favorites like Running Away and Cyaan Cool, the beach bonfires were not the only things blazing at Wickie Wackie Live.

Former students of Edna Manley College, the band launched the Wickie Wackie Live monthly series in August 2010 and have established it as one of the most important live music stages for emerging talent wanting to promote themselves, and key industry players on the look-out for new and exciting talent with which to work. In keeping with that tradition, when Raging Fyah moved to the media lounge to speak with visiting journalists and take photos with their fans, other Wickie Wackie Live alumni took the stage to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the series.

First up was Duane Stephenson who blessed-up the audience with a selection of hits from his catalogue (including tracks from his acclaimed Black Gold album), followed by the Kurfew band. After the live performances closed, the audience lingered well into the night as they savoured the refreshing combination of good music, irie vibes and great ambiance which has come to characterize the Wickie Wackie Live and Raging Fyah experience. For all in attendance it was very encouraging to see that Reggae music is in good hands with Raging Fyah, as they make “music for the rebels.”

Launch sponsors included Grizzly’s Entertainment, HIA, International Reggae Day, Anubis Communications, Michelle Welsh Décor, Rockers Soundstation, ShacWorkz, Blip Productions, Guiness and Healthy Diets.

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