Mykal Rose rocks Hootananny club Featured
The Grammy award winner and Waterhouse singer seemed a little subdued initially as he stalked the stage to the likes of Party Next Door, Plastic Smile and General Penitentiary. But as the midnight hour progressed his mood lifted and his compelling vibes united the room.
Further Uhuru followed in the form of I Love King Selassie, Youth Of Edglington, Spoonji Reggae, Abortion and the thudding kickdrums of Shine Eye Girl. But the ever rejuvenating veteran had more contemporary sounds to share. His chart topping John John production Shoot Out resonated after the recent violence in Jamaica (before a machine gun rendition of Busy Signal's No Escape). Then came solo performances of his collaborations with Busy (Real Jamaican) and Alborosie (Waan The Herb). He abruptly quit the stage to no encore yet his regal presence, mournful clear voice and bountiful back catalogue ensured this was a satisfying event.
Rose was backed by energetic North London quintet the Rasites (who showcased songs from their albums Urban Regeneration and Sex Violence and Drugs) and two statuesque sequined harmonisers. Chief support for the night came from Peter Tosh's son Andrew, who sounded very like his father, but was troubled by mic level teething problems during a tribute set that included Coming In Hot, African, Burial, Johnny B Goode, Rastafari Is and Legalise It.
Mykal Rose could easily have spent the last few decades dining out on the love for his Black Uhuru days. Instead, going from working with Jammy in the 70s to voicing for his son in the 00s, he has remained current all the while. The title of his forthcoming John John album Kingston 11, from which he unveiled a brand new song, suggests despite this, he remains true to his roots.
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