From the promoters perspective, it was a completely successful night and definately a step up from the last one (which was solid anyhows).
In Total, there were 19 singers who joined us on stage, performing 13 songs, with a 9 piece live backing band- The Upsteppers usual crew with additional percusssionist (dubmarine).
The Joynt was full-up as you can see on Basmati's facebook pic's, over 180 people crammed in there.
Some of my highlights:Hua + Clem + Bobo (Darky Roots)
singing 'Love me forever' - Carlton and the Shoes.Tau + crew (Spacifix)
singing 'I know we can make it' Toots and Maytals.Paulie B (Tanuki Dub /Beautiful Girls)
singing 'Live Good' - Burning Spear. Nia Falekakala (Chocolate Strings)
singing 'Cupid' - Johnny Nash version. Jay and crew (Paua)
singing 'Slave Driver' - Dennis Brown Version.Ofa Fanaika (Chocolate Strings)
singing ' Woman I Tell No Lie' - Dennis Brown. CC The Cat
singing 'Woman of the Ghetto' - Phyllis Dillon Version. D Kazman (Dubmarine)
singing 'Where Did I Go Wrong' - UB40.
and Sunny Dread
with his Lyric Sheet
Solid vibes all night. Basmati played 2 awesome sets, keeping to a vintage style. respect Basmati.
Tough venue for this sort of thing. singers have to push through the crowd to get onstage, so some changeovers between songs were slow. But everyone seemed to roll with it.
Will put up some video when i get a chance.
huge respect to all the 28 people involved in the making this show happen. Won't name names, but it is greatly appreciated and hope you were happy with the results.