Julian Marley moves Dhaka audienceZarin Rafiuddin
It was wonderful for the local audience as Julian Marley, son of king of reggae Bob Marley, gave a brilliant presentation of reggae with his band on Friday at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Local band Miles also resented its popular numbers such as Dhiki dhiki, Neela and Phiriye dao. Miles also presented a Bob Marley’s popular number ‘Waiting in Vain’.
Then the Jamaican band ‘Julian Marley and the Uprising came’ onstage and started a very energetic intro which amounted to much buzz with instruments being played with intensity. Amidst the buzz and cheers of the enthusiastic audience, the ‘prince of reggae’ Julian Marley along with two of his playback singers came onstage.
Throughout his performance Marley was jovial with the crowd and in all his songs danced with a soulful and rhythmic vibe as he sang his popular numbers ‘Kaya’ and ‘Lion in the Morning’ which is full of high spirited feelings and inner strength. In between the songs, Julian talked about the distinctive features of reggae, which glorifies love, peace and unity.
Soon Julian Marley asked if the crowd wanted to dance and he started singing his song ‘On the floor’ which took the concert to its full swing. The people showed an immense outburst of enthusiasm as they danced to the songs. Marley was very animated throughout his numbers; the music reached him in an intimate manner as he moved back and forth, flipped his hair and expressed strong emotions as he sang his songs. It is this charisma that held one of the strongest appeals to the audience.
Julian also sang his spiritual song ‘Jah works’ incorporating the Rastafarian essence that God works despite the world being materialistic. Songs speaking of unity between different nations was highlighted in the song ‘Harder Dayz’, which represents that segregations will create more unwanted hardships and struggles. Satirising the institutional corruption, Julian sang ‘Systems’ and ‘Violence in the streets.’ and of self-destruction he sang his track ‘All I know.’
The cheers of the houseful audience reached the peak as Julian presented his father’s hit number ‘Stir it up’ and intended to end the show with another of his father’s songs styled ‘Exodus’ and started to leave the stage.
In response to the continuous requests from the audience, he continued the concert and presented Bob Marley’s classic ‘Get up, Stand up.’ It made the audience even more enthusiastic and some of them got onstage and started dancing with Julian. The singer was being very interactive and friendly with the crowd and received them cordially giving a strong flow of entertainment generating with the finale.
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