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Sizzla Blazes with Cameo at Reggae Fusion

Sizzla Kalonji

The poster for Reggae Fusion at Redbones boasted Mystikal Revolution, Raging Fyah and Lutan Fyah, however it was the un-billed Sizzla who stole the show, bringing the night to a historic, and a little hysterical, close. Sizzla took the stage during Lutan Fyah’s performance for what was assumed to be a standard cameo. However, over a half hour later he still had control of the mic and was threatening that he wouldn’t leave until the police arrived at the turn off the sound.

Fortunately for Redbones, Sizzla relented before the 2:00 am cut-off point. The concert, produced by Mystikal, took place at the popular restaurant on Friday, November 24, 2012. Overall it was a night burgeoning with talent, and Sizzla’s performance was an unexpected topping on a diverse serving of musicians.

GIRL delivers an acoustic reggae setThe night’s performance began with an engaging acoustic reggae flavour. First up was the smoky-voiced Righteous who performed ‘Dreams’ and ‘My City’. GIRL, armed with a voice evocative of Jill Scott was up next. She began with a charming mash-up of Til Shiloh and What A Day then delivered two original pieces ‘Love’ and ‘Press Play’.

Raging Fyah was the first of the major acts to take the stage. The band delivered a solid set, including several fan favourites. The band delivered a strong performance with ‘If You Run From Yourself’, ‘Funky Reggae Party’, ‘Far Away’ and the title song from their 2011 debut album, Judgement Day. The song seems destined to become a reggae classic. The band ended its performance with a new song ‘Naa Look Back’. Ragin Fyah

Mystikal Revolution was next on the stage and delivered a mix of reggae hits and their own original pieces ending with ‘Black Woman’. The band was followed by Ky-enie who delivered ‘Glory Days’, ‘Old Time Tradition’ and ‘Wings of an Angel’.

The night should then have been brought to a close by Lutan Fyah backed by Mystikal Revolution. Lutan Fyah was in the middle of a rousing performance which included ‘Settle Down’ and ‘ Don’t Make Your Mama Bawl’ when Sizzla Kalonji arrived on the stage. For a while the two played microphone tag, as each took turn delivering a crowd favourite. However, after a while, only Sizzla and his performing side-kick of the night El Stitch were left on the stage, and Lutan Fyah was left on the sidelines.

At one point, while Sizzla and El Stitch were having their back and forth, Sizzla declared, “Just remember say a my show,” he told El Stitch with a faux admonishment. Then he paused. “Wait, a Lutan Fyah show.”

However, coming to that realization did not deter him. “Mi naa stop till out a di gate mi see blue light!” Sizzla declared. He challenged Mystical Revolution to keep pace with him, even going so far as requesting that they change the rhythm without his telling them which one they should play.

“Gi mi another riddim,” he demanded. “But mi naa tell you which one. A Mystikal you name. We a get mystical tonight.” When the band paused too long he urged them on. “Hurry up no! Before Police come so we can cut.”

Lutan Fyah (right) and Sizzla (left)When in an attempt to keep up with his un-ending repertoire Mystikal Revolution changed their bass and drummer, Sizzla saw this as an even greater challenge.

Finally, after approximately 45 minutes of free-styling, and delivering hits such as ‘Dry Cry’, ‘Be Strong’, ‘To The Point’  and ‘Thank You Mama’ he finally ended his performance and thankfully there were no blue lights in sight.