Music Royalty & Raging Fyah Figure Prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017
MUSIC ROYALTY & RAGING FYAH FIGURE PROMINENTLY AT REGGAE ON THE MOUNTAIN 2017
Rising from jubilant, head-bobbing, booty-shaking revelers who were buoyed by benevolently cooler temperatures this year, this rebel-infused war cry was notable because it came from attendees who, for the most part, were either babies or not yet born when King Yellowman first released the free-wheeling, addictive riddim. The title track off of his hit album from the mid-1980s, “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” has, like much of Yellowman’s discography, been sampled countless times by countless artists – including by the late hip-hop pioneer and rapper, Eazy-E. Back then, the song’s pulsating, unrelenting beat could be heard playing from sound systems and boom boxes all over the world.
In addition to the incomparable Papa Michigan, festival-goers were blessed by two other unscheduled performances given by important figures in reggae music history. First, Garth Dennis, a founding member of Black Uhuru and Wailing Souls, mashed up the stage with up-and-coming roots reggae band Blaze Mob (its three members, Shaka Rock, Gyasi Gong, and King Saeed, are all Garth’s sons). And then, during new Tuff Gong recording artist Eljai’s crowd-pleasing performance, right after Eljai wisely counseled that “reggae music has the power to change the world,” he handed the mike to DJ Ranking Joe; an undisputed don of the dancehall, Ranking Joe dazzled with his unique, machine-gun style delivery, leaving the crowd begging for more and feeling as if the world, in fact, had changed – for the better.
With clouds of marijuana smoke mystically billowing through the air, the band – which only just recently announced a contract to enter the cannabis industry with a personalized strain of weed called “Everlasting Kush” – played their hearts out, wowing the crowd with their passion, consciousness, and love for soul-changing, reggae music. It was everything this year’s patrons could have wanted and more. Much, much more.