This is the annual gig put on by Rum ‘n’ Bass as part of the Black History Month celebrations in Brighton. Props go to the organisers for getting a good venue, supplying great Caribbean food courtesy of Cummin’ Up and having the tunes provided by Brighton’s long time Reggae veterans King Tafari Sound as well as the Roots Garden Sound.
Black Slate are headlining and also have a new album called “Midnight” to promote. The band consists of drums, bass, lead guitar, two keyboards and a female sax player. They’ve got two vocalists, both with good vocal ranges, who chat amiably to the crowd between numbers. They formed in 1974, but I’m not sure how many of the original members are in the current line up.
Their brand of roots rocking goes down very well, good Reggae music to dance to played with feeling and obvious love by the musicians on stage. They released a single in 2013 called “World Citizenship” and this is played alongside some of the songs from the new album. Of course it’s their hit “Amigo” from 1980 that really raises the roof, still a great song after all these years but the whole set was really enjoyable. A perfect band to celebrate Black music, culture and heritage.