Jo Mersa Marley x Samora x Brother Culture – Muziekgieterij Maastricht
Samora & Brother Culture
A night with Jo Mersa Marley, son of Stephen and grandson of Bob, as top of the bill made about 200 reggae and Marley fans find their way to the Muziekgieterij in Maastricht on Saturday April 6, 2019. After the warm-up by the Reggae Vibes Crew feat. Pupa Chipie with a guest appearance of UK-based Brother Culture, it was time for support act Samora and her band to take the stage. This upcoming fine Surinam-Dutch songstress from Amsterdam made a real good impression. Samora has a fresh, cheerful stage presence and puts a lot of energy in her performance. Her ability to command the attention of the audience was truly remarkable and a joy to see. She presented songs from her debut album titled “Moengo”, fully displaying her fantastic voice, full of fire and energy, and surprisingly – together with Brother Culture – treated the audience to a nicely done reggae version of George Baker’s pop hit “Little Green Bag”, her first international collaboration.
Jo Mersa Marley
After the change-over, Brady ‘Pentateuch’ Robinson on drums, Kawain Williamson on bass and Llamar ‘Rif Raf’ Brown on keyboards did a musical intro, before Jo Mersa Marley finally came on stage. Being a descendant of Bob Marley, it’s obvious that he takes care of his legendary grandfather’s legacy, and thus the audience was treated to and asked to sing along with songs such as “Three Little Birds”, “Rock My Boat”, “Redemption Song”, “Could You Be Loved”, “One Love” and a beautiful adaptation of “Hurting Inside”, Besides some of his own songs like “Rock and Swing”, he also did parts of “Medication” and Welcome To Jamrock”, known from his uncle Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, and classic old-skool tunes from Super Cat, Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton. All in all a real nice show from an artist, who obviously has to work on extending his own material.