Jamaica is a special country when it comes to talent, like the many rivers that run through the green island so does talent gush from its inner communities and towns. One such talent that has carved out a niche for himself is Christopher Martin. Think swagger, sex appeal and tremendous talent. Among his contemporaries there is no comparison to Christopher’s vocal strength, outstanding stage performance and his ability to have patrons singing his every tune. Christopher Martin is the quintessential modern artiste.
This past weekend we stopped by SOBs on a Saturday night to see Random Test Reggae Band as they crossed the border from NJ to share some great reggae with New York City. SOBs is notorious for hosting an incredible Saturday night reggae party. Often packed to capacity Caribbean Fever is one of the premiere spots in Manhattan to hear reggae on the weekend. When I saw that Random Test was going to be playing I had to check it out.
For over a decade, Random Test Reggae Band has been brining great reggae music to the East Coast. With members hailing from all over the Caribbean, the group brings a cache of authentic reggae and calypso rhythms in true West Indian fashion. The band has had the privilege to be called upon to open for such bands as Burning Spear, Culture, Kymani Marley, The Wailers & Third World.
Their style of music this night was classic reggae; no questions asked no explanation needed. SOBs had them booked for two sets and I caught the second one around 10pm. I wish it had been a little later so more people could have seen it, as New Yorkers often don’t come out until later in the evening.
This past Friday, April 10th the Ghetto Youth Crew made what New York fans are hoping is an annual appearance at SOB’s in Manhattan’s lower west side to support their new album Set Up Shop, Volume 2.
Ghetto Youths International has put out two amazing mix tapes with a group of up and coming reggae talent and this show proved they can back it up live. While many of the acts are young with only a few tracks or a single album under their belt, they were able to rock the crowd until the wee hours of the morning with amazing sets back to back. The future of reggae looks bright with Ghetto Youths helping to lead the way.