By Enigmatik Inviktus
Words can barely describe the great performance put on by K'naan, Stephen Marley and Damian Marley at the May 4th stop of Stephen's Mind Control US tour in Houston, Texas. If it was possible to bottle up all of the energy in the crowd, it would be enough to probably provide power to the city of Houston for the next 2 months. Good vibes, good drinks, great crowd, great music. It was truly an awesome show.
The DJ got the crowd ready with a jamming set of classic reggae tunes. Although his mixing was almost non-existent, the crowd still began to get energized by the music and atmosphere.
At about 10:00 PM, K'naan hit the stage. Truth be told, I had never heard of K'naan until the concert but the man made a fan out of me. K'naan hails from Somalia and if you're familiar with the country then you know it ain't all peaches and cream. The young man has risen up despite the struggles his country continues to face and has created music that is inspiring, uplifting, and just flat out jams.
He received an excellent reception from the crowd and ran through a flurry of hits for a solid hour. There were a few technical difficulties with the sound, but the situation was quickly resolved and K'naan gave a great performance. Songs such as "What's Hardcore", "In the Beginning" and "Smile" got the crowed incredibly excited. Before all was said and done, K'naan had everyone in the house chanting "It's the African Way!"
Following a brief intermission that featured a dope DJ set, Stephen "Raggamuffin" Marley triumphantly took the stage. I think the energy level was set to about "1 million" by that point. Stephen was a burst of energy by himself, performing hit after hit at a frantic pace. For at least an hour and a half, Stephen and Damian Marley owned Houston. Stephen bounced around from material off of his classic debut album Mind Control and also performed songs by his legendary father, Bob Marley. Songs such as "Mind Control", "Hey Baby", "Iron Bars" and "Let Her Dance" set the place ablaze, but the real fire starter occurred when Stephen beckoned his brother Damian "Junior Gong" Marley to the stage during the performance of "Traffic Jam." Damian followed up with his smash hit "Welcome to Jamrock."
The brothers performed together a little while longer and then exited the stage to a thunderous applause that did not subside. Much to the crowd's delight the duo returned to the stage and performed some of their father's greatest hits, which was definitely a real treat. Stirring performances of "No Woman, No Cry", "Jamming", "Buffalo Soldier" and "One Love" closed out what was one of the best shows that I've ever been witness to. Simply put, the Marley brothers tore the place down.
From top to bottom, K'naan, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley put on a truly awesome show. Their songs are overflowing with positive messages that transcend any barriers that you can think of. It was a great sight to see such a diverse audience come together and sing along to the messages of unity and joy that each artist delivered From Somalia to Jamaica to Houston, the three artists came out and delivered a classic performance. If they happen to be performing in your city, do not miss out on the show of a lifetime.