Friday, June 01, 2007

History of Reggae

Gabbidon and their history of reggae at the Jam House in Birmingham is always great entertainment and last night was no exception. The 11-strong band including a new male lead vocalist in Benny Cruz, kicked off with the classic Now That We've Found Love, an up-tempo Respect For Jah and Could You Be Loved. Indigo, one of five lead vocalists used during the two-hour set, sang one of her three solos, Breakfast In bed - her others were Walk On By and Going Back - before the band launched into Love & Affection, Longshot, 54-46 Was My Number and Small Axe. After a Leonie Moore vocal, she was joined by Christopher for Where Is The Love followed by his own Lightning solo. A medley of Bob Marley classics including Lively Up Yourself, Trenchtown Rock, Satisfy My Soul and Stir It Up, made sure the night ended on a high. This is ska and roots reggae at its best, performed by a band of high quality musicians and its free, yes you heard me correctly, free!

The next scheduled Gabbidon performance at the Jam House is on Thursday 23 August. Basil Gabbidon (pictured) tells me his latest album is close to completion, so keep your eyes and ears open for that too.
Jean Mclean was in the audience and she has her own eagerly-awaited showcase at the Ipanema Bar, Broad Street, Birmingham this coming Sunday (3 June), 7.30pm start, cost £3.
Links: Gabbidon

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