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Cecil Reuben's Birthday at Brixton Hootananny

Cecil Reuben's Birthday at Brixton Hootananny

Cecil Reuben's Birthday at Brixton Hootananny

By on - Photos by Laura Forcucci | Reggaeland - 1 comment

Michael Prophet closes this community show in style.

During the small hours of Easter Monday, wild-eyed master showman of roots reggae Michael Prophet gave a typically memorable headline performance at the third of Hootananny promoter and Jah Revelation Muzik soundman Cecil Reuben's birthday dances.

Michael Prophet

A Jamaican born UK resident like Reuben, Prophet's appearances are so familiar and consistent that it is easy for Londoners to take what the one time Yabby You protégé does for granted. But it was worth stepping back mentally and marvelling at his drum-tight control of the audience and the venue's composite Artist Band, sinuous dancing and howling, wailing voice as he sang hits like Creation Rock and Gunman, as well as an a capella Happy Birthday to the smiling promoter who came on to thank the musicians, artists and fans for turning out.

Cecil Reuben BirthdayThey had witnessed a community bill of local acts and visiting Jamaican names who turned out to pay tribute to the man whose reggae promotions have made cultural reggae a more visible and audible force in the London live music scene.

Standout PA's included the close harmony trio Kwest who performed a note perfect a capella of the Abyssinians Yim Mas Gan; Mystik Reuben being joined on stage by the deejay New Flowah; the honeyed R&B stylings of Jamaica's diminutive Nuchie and the extraordinary voice of visiting Union Island born, NYC based singer Qshan Deya'. The latter wasn't even scheduled to appear but wowed the crowd with his gigantic vocal range - moving from a rumbling Bushman bass baritone all the way to a Junior Murvin "true-setto". Prior to his appearance, Qshan had already impressed the judges at Britain's X Factor, getting a callback to the second round of auditions for the reality show.

The master of ceremonies for the night was the great journalist and producer Mandingo who fired up the crowd with powerful exhortations and introductions. He also showed a tender side, however, putting his arm around upcoming songstress Queenie, during an attack of shyness after her appearance on stage.

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Posted by Qshan Deya' on 05.01.2012
THIS A MOMENT I WILL NEVER FORGET MY FIRST TIME EVER TOUCHING STAGE IN THE UK.@ HOOTANANY IT WAS A HONOR THANKS LAURA, ROBERTO ANGUS BLESSEDLOVE ASLO RASPECT EVERYTIME STAY BLES QD.

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