Friday, 22 March 2013

A BAND ON THE RISE: Serious and soulful, Raging Fyah brings the heat

ROCK STEADY: The band, which heads to Europe next for a 5-week club tour.

After a series of rollicking and attention-getting sets at concerts and other events across the island, roots-rockin' reggae band Raging Fyah took the stage last Tuesday night in Kingston for the latest in the ongoing Behind The Screen concert series at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records. Bass player Delroy 'Pele' Wilson led the six-member band through an hour-and-a-half of mostly conscious reggae anthems and pulsating instrumentals, featuring hypnotic tracks from their debut album, Judgement Day, like "Far Away," "World Crisis" and the introspective title track. 

The performance, witnessed by a modest but lively and receptive crowd, also included such standout numbers as "Nah Look Back," "Barriers," Dread" and "First Love." "We were really looking forward to it," Wilson told reporters after the gig. "Most of our other local performances have been limited to 20-25 minutes. This one was an extended version, so we could really give it to our fans." 

A lot of doors have been opening for the group, formed in 2006 at the Edna Manley College. At this moment, they are gearing up to hit the road in Europe for a club a tour that will see them making appearances in France, Poland and Switzerland, among other countries. "Last year when we toured Europe, we were on mostly festivals which attracted audiences ranging from 25,000 to 40,000. This time it's the clubs, so we will see how the audiences react to us as an act rather than part of a lineup." Once they are back on home soil, expect the very busy band to hit the studio. 

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1 comment:

  1. It is really good to see the revival of Jamaican bands!! People who can actually play instruments and who write their own material. Excellent.