Club Viva, February 15, 2000
On the heels of the wicked Anthony B/Norris Man concert Tuesday night, I
somehow sucked it up and checked out Boom Shaka the following evening at
Club Viva and they were HOT.
Two reliable sources told me I should check em out, so after 4 hours
sleep and working ALL day, I thought what the hell. You only live once,
Got there around 9 p.m. and they were doing their sound check. I could
tell right away this is what I needed after a harsh night of
Dancehall...they were laying down some nice roots reggae...
I introduced myself to Trevy the lead vocalist and we were talking about
him being from where Nasio was from - Dominica - when all of a sudden
his shawl caught on fire! It apparently was dipped into a candle behind
him. I turned him around and I'm tellin ya, there were some flames! So I
yanked it off of him and stomped it out. So Professor Skank saved his
Anyway, to the show. Before hand, though, I went to the bar across the
street and told a few people to get over to Viva, I knew it would be a
Crowd was a little laid back at first, but soon warmed up. Boom Shaka is
truly one of those great unheralded bands that constantly tour, in the
vein of Natty Nation and The Ark Band. They were laying down some
crucial riddims, and I quickly forgot how tired I was..
Started off with "Mek It Rock" and also played "Press Along," "Smoke,"
and an unreleased CLASSIC called "Ganja Discrimination." Funny song, but
Trevy also did a great accapella version of "Jah Live" in honor of
Robert Nesta Marley, then they went into an extended version of the
"Heathen" which totally knocked me out. Lesterfari on lead guitar was
doing some serious jamming! The entire band was! Trevy on rhythm giutar,
Bassie on bass (obviously!), Binghi on keyboards and Shakaman on drums.
They were excellent. And at the start of the 2nd set, Trevy continued a
great tradition (with my urging) of welcoming the crowd - the home of
the Super Bowl champs! - to the show. It was funny...
I almost rolled at Midnight, but figured what the hell. They'd only play
til 1 or so I told myself, and they were hot, so I hung out til the end.
I'm glad I did. Boom Shaka is an exceptional band and well worth seeing
when they come to your area.
Thankfully, there are no shows tonight...!
Reporting from St. Louis
a tired Professor Skank
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