Sunday, 23 December 2012

An Evening With Randy Valentine - 04/12/12

I’m sure that most people would agree with me in saying that Tuesday nights don’t tend to be the most eventful nights of the week. However, Tuesday 4th December 2012 was to be an exception to this rule as I found myself travelling down to Cotton’s Rhum Jungle Bar in Islington for a very special and exclusive industry event…

Having just returned from touring in Switzerland, the fast-rising Reggae sensation Randy Valentine was set to perform a select few tracks from his ground-breaking ‘Bring Back The Love’ mixtape to an intimate crowd. With free, exclusive Rum cocktails provided by Blackwell Rum on the night, it didn’t take long for the attendees to loosen up and absorb the warm and friendly atmosphere within the venue before Randy Valentine himself took to the stage.
From the moment that Commander B introduced him on to the stage, to the moment that he finished performing, the Hemp Higher and J.O.A.T artist who wishes he could sing his blues away laid down one of the best performances that I can vow to have ever witnessed. Lighting up the Rhum Jungle with his smile and singing straight from the soul, Randy Valentine brought a type of enjoyment that could be felt by all.
As the crowd sung along to the lyrics and rocked away to the foundation riddims, the effects of the debut mixtape ‘Bring Back The Love’ had already become rather evident from both the response of the crowd and the overall outcome of spectators on the night. Bringing back the love is almost a lifestyle and is exactly what Mr Randy Valentine did on the night! His real and genuine nature as an artist really seeped through in his performance as he sung us through aspects of his personal life through tracks such as ‘Brixton Market’ ‘Memory Lane’ and ‘Poorman’s Loving.’ It’s safe to say that I was already blown away by the mixtape itself, but I can assure you that the performance that I witnessed at this event most certainly sealed the deal.
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Peace, Love, & Reggae Music
General Gen xx

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