Anthony B

Live at Reggae Rising

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In an hourlong concert filmed at the Reggae Rising Music Festival in California before thousands of fans, Anthony B. proves to be an effective Jamaican ambassador, turning in a set that includes such signature songs as "Fire Pon Rome" and "Raid Di Barn." The video includes interview segments with the singer (dressed in a hoodie and seated before a mixing desk in a recording studio) that serve as introductions to the songs. Speaking in heavy Jamaican patois, with subtitles easing understanding, he expounds a familiar Rastafarian world-view that has its unintentionally amusing aspects. In explaining, as a preview to "Fire Pon Rome," that all the world's troubles date from the Roman Empire, he says, "Then you find how fascism start in Rome, where everybody start to fashionize this lifestyle of Rome." Elsewhere, he proves equally capable of touting the virtues of a healthy diet on the one hand and rhapsodizing the joys of driving while smoking marijuana on the other. But that's the lifestyle of Jamaica for you. More important, he is an enthusiastic cheerleader, singing his songs while dancing across the stage on one foot and kicking his other leg high in the air, as two of his compatriots wave Jamaican flags throughout the show.

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