Words by DeeJay Sabz.
This week curiosity got the better of myself as I decided to head down to the Winchester pub all by my lonely self, as a big reggae enthusiast and a key member of the Wassmuffin family, it would be a crime to miss it.
At first I didn’t really know what to expect or even imagine what lie ahead. With primarily a white, dub reggae loving crowd I was quite impressed by the numbers, which was good considering the amount of marketing I found to promote this event.
As the night progressed I was thinking about whether I made the correct decision about coming, rocking away to dub reggae music that was sending me into a trance. With all due respect to fans of dub reggae, I love the music but after a long day at work, my bed was calling.
Finally show time arrived and it was worth the wait, Jesse delivered a captivating and very professional performance and was a joy to watch. His energy mirrored that of a memorable Freddy McGregor performance I witness years ago and was impressed with his timing/delivery of lyrics. Jesse kept referring to the word ‘Unity’ and was educating the crowd to love one another even if the others don’t love us.
Jesse shared the stage with some the best reggae musicians in the business today. In fact, it took me a while too realize just who they were. On keys was UK reggae super producer Jazzwad (prod for Gappy Ranks & many more) on drums & bass was Unga & BigBass Welsh of Notis (Formerly Notice) productions. Notis are the producers of the Busy Signal hit song ‘Come Over’ which is one of the most popular songs in my set list today. It’s so good even Rhianna has been caught signing it a few times….
Now me being the reggae dancehall enthusiast that I am, I wanted to reach out and find out more about the musicians and Jesse himself. Demonstrating my knowledge about the business, the Notis band along with Jesse soon invited me to the VIP lounge, and we discussed many future projects they have coming up, including their latest collaborations with Chronixx, who is now a global reggae superstar. Of course I left with a ton of promotional material from Jesse and the Notis crew.
In conversation with Unga (drums) he was astonished as to how much I knew about his work and tweeted saying ‘it’s a wonderful feeling to meet the people who support your works’ which is truly a flattering remark. We as a crew always support good music and it was on display at this show.
Show rating 9/10
Picture above: from left to right – Unga (Drums), Me (Sabz), Jesse Royal (front), Jazzwad (Keys), BigBass Welsh (Bass)
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