Tappa Zukie Live At the Jazz Cafe Camden Town 21.09.06.
Originally Posted 9/25/2006
Tappa Zukie Live At The Jazz Cafe 21.09.06.
Yes finally at last it was time for Tappa, or
should that be Tapper Zukie to play his first
British show for 20 years. Well no matter how you
spell his name it was going to be a special night
getting to see a reggae Legend like Tappa Zukie.
This was re-enforced when Prezidente started his
pre-show introduction that included a section
thanking several audience members for being In
The House, that the list included Bunny “Striker”
Lee, Derrick Morgan and Tippa Irie only added to
the expectation as first a young pretender called
Emperor I think came up and did a couple of tunes
to warm us up that were rapped over a backing
tape that was apparently the last thing that
Joseph from Culture recorded before he died a few
weeks ago. It didn’t make much impression on me
But that didn’t matter as soon Prezidente was
back Biggin up Tappa Zukies backing band for the
show The Ruff Cut band who came on and gave us a
couple of instrumentals to really warm us up as
the fog of smoke enveloped the crowd I think the
second tune was Sensimilia dub, anyway it was the
tune that has the trombone break of Three Blind
Mice and sounded way fine in the hand of this
real tight band.
Then finally it was time for Tapper Zukie to
descend the stairs onto the stage in his cream
suit and matching hat, looking as Natty as ever
and nowhere near his 50 years.
He kicked off with Oh Lord! that was the first of
many singalongs for the evening as it became
clear that he still knew how to whip up a crowd
and get us all involved with the right responses
to his lyrics. They then killed us with a mighty
version of MPLA that had the righteous lyrics and
the hatred of all the violence about right.
What A Phensic was just truly dirty skanking
roots as you’d want it to be, he even got a
Phensic up to dance on stage with him, damn she
was one cute girl!! Pick Up the Rocker was
introduced by Tappa telling us how right he was
as the Rockers now sell for a pretty penny, yes
indeed we all need to Pick Up The Rockers and
Don’t throw them away.
Well I had to have a good smoke top Chalice To
Chalice and it seemed like most of the packed
club did too. Peace & Love had one of the best
call and responses I’ve heard in ages Tappa used
us as an extra instrument especially when they
went into the dub section, and came out and then
he managed almost a fade out ending with the only
instrument left being the audience singing Peace
and Love way cool.
Tapper Roots International was both a highlight
and the one song that let things down in that he
did the first part of the song and then went into
the time to introduce the band dub section which
was cool, but it was followed by Tapper giving
shout outs to everyone he could name in the
audience including obviously Bunny Lee, Derrick
Morgan and Tippa Irie who all had to stand up or
wave and let us know where they were, then he
introduced his family and got his son up to do a
little hip hop rapping and then introduced his
brother Black Beard his mother, cousins and then
onto his lawywers, record label bosses,
Publishers and lord alone knows who else before
he wrapped up the song and the set, leaving to
deafening cheers the all-conquering legend
The Ruff Cut band played on and Prezidente came
back up to whip up a frenzy for the encore and
give yet more shout outs, truly I felt like the
only person left not thanked from the stage.
Tapper came back and gave us another couple of
fine tunes before going once more to the mass
cheers and one more lot of shout outs from
Prezidente and it was all over, we had been left
wanting more and certainly wanting Tapper Zukie
to return a lot sooner than 20 years’ time.
A great Reggae show that could only have been
improved by being played through a proper Reggae
sound system rather than the in house system at
the Jazz Cafe.
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