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REVIEW: FYAH WALK - SUNRISE RED
Sunrise Red

Fyah Walk
Sunrise Red

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Spirit Fyah

Fyah Walk
Spirit Fyah

Ocean Sounds

Fyah Walk
Ocean Sounds

DENIS SEMCHENKO, 2008


True to his word, Brisbane-based roots MC Elephant Wise signals the plane on the dancefloor during his brief yet punchy set, vybing in perfect unison with the selecta and setting the mood for Byron Bay's prime roots reggae warriors Fyah Walk. The seven-piece are in complete control from the word go, boasting a memorable attraction in their Mini-Me-sized, black balaclava and wings-sporting trumpeter (referred to as the 'Angel of Death' by the natty dread lead singer) who, despite his somewhat diminutive height and incongruous (given the air temperature) attire, displays formidable skill. Fyah Walk's spirited reggae tunes are rich on harmonic vocal displays, busy bass lines and Latin-soaked guitar solos; the audience outscaling the PA volume with enthusiastic cheers, the collective finish their transmission and make way for Sydney soundsystem Surgeon General Sound and even more dancehall. Being too tired to witness the last live act on the bill – local roots masters The Upsteppers - preach their positive message to the grooved-out revellers, I head off in the knowledge I've received my biggest reggae dose of 2008. Jah bless!