Buju Mania - Gargamel Fever - Long Walk To Freedom Concert Review
Shellin’ the place with high energy dancehall hits Buju Banton scores again with “Gold Spoon” from 1992’s Stamina Daddy, “Water Boy”, “Only Man” on the Bruk Out Riddim. Up again, into “Tra La La” on Lenky’s Diwali Riddim into “Up Close and Personal” produced by Danny Browne, Steven “Lenky” Marsden and Tony Kelly for Donovan Germain’s Penthouse VA Album - “Dancehall 1998”. Gargamel was in top form coming with full force. Keeping up the pressure, the band drops “Champion” rocking the crowd to the core - “Walk like a Champion, Talk Like A Champion”. Hotter still, he blazes “Too Bad” from the self-titled 2006 release right into “Batty Rider” having the whole place “Bogling”.
Here is the scheduled setlist:
Wayne Marshal 8:05-8:10
Jahziel (Buju's Son) 8:10-8:15
Delly Ranks 8:15-8:25
LUST 8:40-8:52 (Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody and Tony Curtis)
Cocoa Tea 8:52-9:07 (Special guest Koffee)
Christopher Martin 9:22-9:28
Romain Virgo 9:28 -9:43
Agent Sasco 9:43-9:58
Buju Banton 10:38 - 12:58
Steven “Lenky” Marsden and Mitchum “Kahn” Chin are the only original ‘Til Shiloh Band members returning with the passing of our beloved drummer Basil “Prince” Shirley and visa issues for Frank “Bassie” Burt now residing in South East Florida.
To give some depth to the experience, this month March 2019 marks my 30th anniversary of travelling to Jamaica and 30th visit. Seeing Dennis Brown and Gregory Issac at Sunsplash in 1990 was awe inspiring drawing me back to the Island year after year to catch the spirit and energy of Jamaican Reggae in Jamaica and USA. Having attended Sunsplashes, Sumfests, Western Consciousness, multiple A St. Mary Mi Come From shows, Jam Jam, White River Reggae Bash, tons of shows in Negril and many Rebel Salutes are events this writer has experienced in Jamaica. Plus all the big US Festivals Sierra Nevada World Music Festivals, Reggae on the Rivers, Best of the Bests, Midwest Reggae Fests, Southern California Bob Marley Days in San Diego, Long Beach, and SF and Seattle, Cali Roots Fest in Monterey, Ca and One Love Cali Fest in Long Beach.