Saturday 11th May, 2013
DJ Chocolate, Patrick Roots, Naturalist, Jiant "The Humble African", Sunray de Governor, Tonya P, Amber Coates
A magical night for reggae music in Toronto reggae history. All selectas and acts performed admirably all in celebration of this genre that we love called reggae music.
DJ Chocolate aka Lauren Speers alongside Patrick Roots are a formidable force of selectas in this city whose knowledge and experience not only include song titles but also decades of on air radio time. Lauren had a truly popular show for several years on the now debunked CKLN 88.1FM, Rebel Music, which was one of the reggae standards in this city. I know! I was a listener long before we met. I called one day and asked her to wheel up a track as she was blazing the airwaves tune after tune after tune.
Patrick Roots, host of Reggae Riddims on CIUT 89.5FM still on air every Wednesday night between 8:00 - 10:00pm has been on air for over two decades has spun reggae music week after week, interviewed international Canadian artists, outernational artists and was instrumental in aiding the growth of Canadian Reggae World by giving me a few minutes each week on his show. Both Lauren and Patrick were their usual standard that night forcing the audience to INSIST on them pulling up selection after selection.
Jiant the owner of Genesis One in Kensington Market was no less impressive. His love for cultural tunes is on display every time he is behind the wheels of steel, preaching through the tunes and lyrics of artists that he personally enjoys listening to. The Governor, drummer supreme Sunray Grennan, is the toaster on the side uplifting the audience.
Both selecta crews did not disappoint!
Amber Coates has been holding it down for some time now singing backing with Kidd Rasta and The Peacemakers as well as doing her solo thing. It was her birthday that night and she brought the flava! The room was ALIVE when she opened her mouth! Singing several reggae standards, she brought the house down! She set a tough pace for the next performer!
Tonya P... She met that challenge! Told the selecta to pull up the music and dropped her lyrics acapella! YUP! She slayed the room! Then went on to sing several of her original tracks keeping us all in the palm of her hand.
Yes another night in the big city, doing what we all love to do, with a modest audience yet the talent level is no less real. When these folks work again, be sure to go and listen for yourselves. You will not be disappointed.
P. S. Thank you Kiley Kush