With Irving Plaza quickly filling up, Raging Fyah took the stage next and delivered an absolute knockout performance. RF set the tone from the get-go with their song “Nah Look Back.” Though the set featured a steady number of songs off of their Grammy-nominated 2016 album Everlasting, Raging Fyah made sure to throw in a handful from their earlier albums as well, including “Irie Vibes” and “Judgement Day.” A highlight of the night was when RF took the song “Jah Glory” off their 2015 album Destiny, and transitioned beautifully into Bob Marley and the Wailers' “No Woman No Cry,” then brought it back full circle into “Jah Glory.”
Raging Fyah performed newly minted classics from Everlasting, including the title track “Everlasting,” “Ready For Love,” and “Raggamuffin.” They also had some fun with “Dash Wata,” teasing the Mexican folk song “La Bamba” throughout. The whole band was spectacular, but frontman Kumar Bent and bassist Delroy “Pele” Hamilton really impressed. I can't recall seeing someone sing with as much passion and force as Bent, and Hamilton is extremely skillful on bass, and clearly the backbone of Raging Fyah. I definitely wish RF had more time on stage, but it's hard to imagine they will be an opening act for much longer in their career.
Finally, Tribal Seeds came out to perform in front of a now jam-packed crowd. The San Diego natives are no strangers to New York City, having performed at Gramercy Theatre, Knitting Factory, and Brooklyn Bowl over the last handful of years, but Irving Plaza was definitely the biggest show to date in the Big Apple.
Tribal Seeds recently went through some major lineup changes, losing longtime drummer Carlos Verdugo and keyboardist and vocalist E.N Young. Keyboardist and Tribal Seeds founder Tony Ray “Maad T-Ray” Jacobo has also been absent at live shows to help finish the band's upcoming album. So, there were a ton of fresh faces on stage performing with Tribal Seeds, and for anyone who has followed them for awhile it may have taken a bit to get used to.
Anyone at Irving Plaza on Wednesday was treated to one of the better reggae lineups you'll see. Tribal Seeds have elevated themselves to the top of the American reggae scene, in large part due to the energy of their live shows. Nattali Rize rocked out as well, but Raging Fyah truly stole the show from my perspective.
Written By: Brian Winters