Thursday, March 21, 2013

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THERE is something about reggae band Raging Fyah.

They have no current hits mounting charts and are not on the playlists of popular radio jocks and sound system selectors. Yet, this aggregation, formed in 2006 at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, continues to impress audiences with their live performances.

They did so again Tuesday night as they rocked the small, yet appreciative audience at Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in St Andrew, the latest in the Behind the Screen series.

Raging Fyah's repertoire features strong lyrics
and engaging stage presence, which translates into an enjoyable musical presentation.

On Tuesday, they were in fine form. The band was reflective as they delivered World Crisis, sentimental on Far Away, militant with Dread, while Ganja spoke for itself.

The title track from their debut album Judgement Day was particularly well received as was Cyaan Cool, the
final track in their near 90-minute set.

Speaking to the Jamaica Observer, bass player Delroy 'Pele' Hamilton noted that the members were elated with their performance.

"We were really looking forward to it. Most of our other local performance have been limited to 20-25 minutes. This one was an extended version, so we could really give it to our fans," he said.

The band used its Tracks and Records performance to test the waters with new songs -- two which were released in February -- Barriers, Dread, First Love, and Nah Look Back.

Raging Fyah leaves the island for Europe next week for a five-week club tour. The stops include Germany, Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, and France.

"This one should be a little different," Hamilton said. "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 line-up."

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