This past week B.B. King’s was blessed with an amazing show put on by the royal family of reggae music, Morgan Heritage. For those who have been out of the scene for the past few months, Morgan Heritage was just awarded with the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, a well-deserved honor for their latest album, Strictly Roots. This family band made their return to their hometown of NYC to celebrate with all of us at BB King’s.
The show kicked off with great reggae vibes supplied by Synpa Movements. As the venue began to fill up, Blackalicous took the stage. The mix of an lyrical rapper opening for a roots reggae band seemed strange at first, but the audience showed their love, rapping along with Gift of Gab and Latryx Lateef as Chief Xcel laid the beats, rolling through new tracks and classic hits. They ended their set with a fast paced freestyle session and the amazing Alphabet Aerobics.
Following Blackalicious, Jamere Morgan hit the stage. By this point the crowd had filled in, ordered their drinks and were ready for some of the roots reggae they had come to see. Jamere serenaded the crowd with his new singles, kicking off the family vibe and ending with a strong version of Neighborhood Girl. This will be an artist to watch as his career grows.
Morgan Heritage hit the stage strong, shouting out their hometown of NYC, specifically Brooklyn. They worked their way through the new Strictly Roots album with the title track and others, blazing the Rockers vibe that the packed BB King’s club had come to see. As the great band that they are, they did not focus solely on new material, but took us back with some of their classic tacks, performing a beautiful version of Down By The River and Don’t Haffi Dread, that had the whole crowd singing along and swaying from side to side.
We Remember Dennis Brown
Earlier this month VP records announced that they will be releasing a tribute album to “The Crown Prince of Reggae”, Dennis Brown entitled We Remember Dennis Brown. Mark you calendars for the late Spring 2016 as this is an album not to be missed. The album will be a series of singles from current artists such as Romain Virgo, Raging Fyah, Jah9, The Green, Marsha Ambrosius and many more.
VP Records are releasing the singles form this double-disc tribute album. You can find the links to Romain Virgo, Raging Fyah and Jah9 below. Make sure you check back to our site and join our mailing list to get the future updates as they are released.