Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ky-Mani Marley at the California State Fair: Maestro indeed

Ky-Mani Marley
Ky-Mani Marley, Sacramento
This week, Ky-Mani Marley's album, Maestro, is number one in the Billboard Reggae album charts... and this week, Ky-Mani shared his music with us here in Sacramento, at the California State Fair.
And beautiful music it is, too.

Ky-Mani Marley
Ky-Mani Marley, Sacramento
State Fairs must be strange places to perform. People constantly milling about in the audience; going for a beer or ten, staying at the show for a while before taking the kids the fairground, nipping off in case they miss the fireworks, getting the baby home to sleep...  yet Ky-Mani's audience grew throughout the show, as people wandering by were drawn in by the music.

Reggae, dancehall, R&B, soul... all there, in this man's music. I loved it. Beautiful, happy-sad, meaningful music. Ky-Mani's voice, like smooth blue mountain coffee running over rock. And a wonderful band too.

I loved Keepers Of The Light:
"We're fighting for our freedom,
We're dying for our rights,
Still in my darkest hour, oh dread
I found paradise".

Ky-Mani Marley
Ky-Mani Marley, Sacramento
Playing mostly music from Maestro and his own back catalog, Ky Mani also added one or two from his late father's repertoire, but these were not covers... they were Ky Mani's sharing of the Marley love. (E.g., Redemption Song, rising to a rock crescendo... beautiful!)

One Love. One Heart. Music. Summer. Happy. Beautiful. Maestro...

Ky-Mani Marley
Ky-Mani Marley and his band, Sacramento 2015
More photos from this wonderful show in the Toon's Tunes Ky-Mani Marley gallery. Further dates in Ky-Mani's tour can be found here: 

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