Entertainment

Grand performance in exile

Basil Walters

Sunday, January 26, 2014    

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IT is well documented that there are over 400 ska/reggae bands in Europe. One of them is Sebastian Sturm and the Exile Airline from Germany who thrilled a large audience at Redbones Blues Café in St Andrew, Thursday night.

The six-man aggregation literally set the place on fire with renditions of the Twinkle Brothers' Since I Throw My Comb Away, Junior Murvin's Police and Thieves and Bob Marley's Work.

The event marked the release of Grand Day Out, the band's new album which was mixed at the Harry J Recording Studio in Kingston, in June last year.

It was a grand night out, not only for locals, but German Ambassador to Jamaica Josef Beck and his counterpart from Brazil, Ambassador Antonio F Da Costa e Silva.

Sebastian Sturm, founder/lead vocalist for Exile Airline, was also strong on original tracks from the new set. Keyboardist Joonas Lorenz created a stir with his wild antics during the performance of Freddie M Kaye's Free Man.

Percussionist Moses Christoph brought the house down when he took the microphone and performed Murvin's immortal Police and Thieves for which there was a chorus of 'forwards' and 'pull ups'.

"This is our first gig outside of Europe and that it is happening in Jamaica, for us it is a big thing," Sturm told the Sunday Observer.

Sturm has been at the helm of the two-and-a-half-year-old band since its inception. He began his career in a pop band called Jin Jin but thanks to an older brother, he discovered reggae.

"My older brother gave me a Bob Marley album but there is one Bob Marley song that really touched me, Mellow Mood. That brought me to reggae," he said.

Grand Day Out is produced by Sam Clayton Jr, son of Sam Clayton of Mystic Revelation of Rastafari fame.

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