14 August 2016
Never a big mover when appearing live, Rose prowled from side to side like a caged lion, cupping his hand to his ear as he mixed his signature singjay scats with squawking eagle calls.
Unlike Marcia Griffiths, who sang a variety of famous cover songs, Rose dealt almost exclusively in his Sly & Robbie produced Black Uhuru compositions. Solidarity crackled with visceral syn drum. Shine Eye Gal let Akom bassist Faby recreate Robbie Shakespeare’s black hole fret-slides. General Penitentiary was introduced by a call to free Buju Banton. Abortion segued into a police brutality reference “Hands up don’t shoot”. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner got the lighters in the air.
Only right at the end did Michael touch on his post Uhuru solo career: with Feeling So Lonely and his dancehall hit for King Jammy’s son John John, Shoot Out. He sat down on the monitors and delivered a freestyle about the current troubled state of the world, asking “Who bring this war?” He ran through a list of suspects – the Russians, the Americans, the Ku Klux Klan and the Illuminati – as his alien yet human voice flew up to the moon.
There were no guest appearances this time (back in 2012 he brought on his old mentor Niney). But he did use final song Sensimillia to invoke Monday’s headliner Alborosie – morphing into their collaboration Waan The Herb.