Fredagen den 7:e april kommer Freddie McGregor och Luciano till Stockholm och Nalens anrika lokaler. Backade av sitt jamaicanska band kommer detta bli en fantastik kväll med mängder av klassiker!
En efterlängtad kväll med två legender på en och samma kväll.
Freddie McGregor ”Mr Big Ship”
Internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated singer, Freddie McGregor has made significant contributions to Reggae music, and has also helped to shape it with his conscious lyrics and soulful voice for over 50 years.
Equally adept as a romantic crooner or as an emissary of strong cultural messaging, his undeniable vocal ability boasts hits like ”Push Come to Shove”, ”Africa Here I Come”, ”I Was Born A Winner” and ”Guantanamera”, ”Lock Dem’ Down”, ”Bangarang” and American soul classics like ”Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” (Ronnie Dyson) and ”Can I Change My Mind” (Tyrone Davis).
With his profound natural talent and influenced by legends Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and many others, Freddie finessed his craft to become one of reggae’s greatest singers. Early tracks like ”Why Did You Do It” and ”Do Good and Good Will Follow You” propelled his career in the mid-sixties. He followed the group the Claredonians to Kingston and later teamed up with Ernest ”Fitzroy” Wilson to form the duo Fitzie and Freddie recording for Coxone Dodd’s Studio One label.
In 1975, Freddie’s musical and lyrical content changed with a strong slant towards social consciousness with songs like ”Mark of the Beast”, ”I Am A Rasta” and reggae classic ”Bobby Babylon”. He released his long awaited album “Mr. McGregor” in 1977, which contained reggae mainstays such as ”Zion Chant”, ”Rastaman Chant” and ”Walls of Jericho” marking a major milestone in his stellar career and paving the way for his 1981 single ”Big Ship”, which has become one of reggae’s classics and biggest hits!
Luciano ”The Messenger”
Music has run deeply throughout Luciano’s life. Born Jepther Washington McClymont on October 20, 1964 in Davey Town, a small community located atop a hilly region on the road to Mandeville in the central Jamaican parish of Manchester. Luciano was raised in the Adventist church and sang in the church choir. His father Arthur passed away when Luciano was just 11 years old. He left behind a guitar he had built and as Luciano recalls, ”through those early years, I fell in love with the guitar and started to learn to play, which I realised was showing love and respect to my father.” His beloved mother Sophie, who struggled to raise Luciano and his eight siblings, is also a gifted singer.
With the release of his landmark album ”Where There Is Life” in 1995, Luciano emerged as one of the most important reggae singers in decades and the greatest hope for roots reggae’s survival in the digital dancehall era. Since that much acclaimed release, Luciano’s music has been consistently praised for imparting sentiments of spiritual salvation, ediﬁcation and humanitarian upliftment.
In these troubled times, Luciano’s engaging baritone voice resonates like a divinely ordained instrument possessing the power to comfort souls from all walks of life. While many of his so called ”conscious” contemporaries have faltered by recording songs that glorify wanton sex and random violence as a means of topping the charts, Luciano has held steadfast to enriching principles; these positive lyrical themes have justiﬁably earned him the title of ”The Messenger”. However, the humble singer also refers to himself as the child of a king which was the title of his penultimate album for VP Records.
”We are all children of the Most High God and as a Rasta man, I acknowledge that I am a child of Emperor Haile Selassie I because all of his teachings are in my songs,” he explains. ”I am a child of a king and I just want my family and my fans to receive the blessings that God has given through me as a messenger and an instrument of peace.”
Luciano estimates to have made at least 40 albums; the prolific artist releases three albums per year. ”I have so much music and messages, that I cannot be holding it inside of me.” he declares. ”From a management point of view, they would like to see me cooling out for a while but if a bird doesn’t sing, tell me if that bird is happy?”