Jah9 hit the stage with passion and presence and delivered one of the types of reggae shows that has been missing on the current scene. With strong messages, audience participation, and incredible music as the base, it was no wonder that on a Monday night the crowd had packed in to hear her music and her message. Her presence filled the room as tracks from New Name, including Preacher Man and Steamers a Bubble.
Following this Jah9 gave us an amazing cover of Gregory Isaacs’ Material Man. With a reggae crowd like this there was not a single person silent as we all echoed the chorus, “Is it material things you’re running after, or is it praises that you’re giving on to Rasta?” Jah9 ended the show with the single New Name and brought the house down. Closing out an outstanding performance that was moving and left me feeling blessed for having been in attendance for the rest of the night and into the next day.
Her growth as a performer from her earlier show at Milk River to SOB’s was amazing to see and there is no shortage of need for an artist like Jah9 on the reggae scene. I will be patiently waiting for her next release and will be front and center for all future performances.