Mighty Crown to play island
Mighty Crown: The Far East Rulers will hit Bermuda this weekend as part of their world tour.
Snorkel Park Beach will play host to the seven-time World Clash champions for Rewind: Reggae Pon De Beach.
Hailing from Yokohama, Japan, Sami T, Masta Simon, Ninja Crown and Coije maintain a clothing line, magazine, and some of the country’s biggest dancehall events, including the Reggae Sai festival.
Joining them at Saturday’s old-school, reggae night will be local acts OGS Genesis, King Firestone, Black Star and Lenky Boy Movement.
Mighty Crown foundation selector Sami T spoke to Lifestyle ahead of the event.
Q Looking back on the past 26 years, how was it breaking out of Japan into the worldwide reggae scene?
A It’s been long work, but I’m very thankful to the part I have reached as a sound man. It’s not an easy road, like Buju [Banton] says. At least the whole world knows that Japan rocks to reggae and dancehall as well.
Q When you first started playing internationally, Choy Aming brought you down to Bermuda’s Clayhouse Inn. Do you have any stories from those early days?
A I still remember that there were two youths who started fighting and the dance done still. But before war broke out, the dance was full of vibes — before the chairs were flying.
Q What are you most looking forward to and what have been your most memorable trips here?
A The beaches, the vibes especially.
This island’s got so much love for the music. I love playing in Bermuda.
The last trip was very welcoming and the time when I came with David Rodigan, that was an unforgettable night. Vibes was crazy.
Q It has been 18 years since you won your first World Clash in New York with Killamanjaro and Tony Matterhorn. How have things changed since then?
A That was the first international bust I should say. Everybody was like, ‘Oh the Japanese are so lucky.’ They think it was just like a gimmick, and when we came back out we destroyed it. Since then, we got like 20-something trophies in our office. I never really counted.
Many things have changed, but what hasn’t changed is the love for the music.
I’ve been touring the world all up till now and met a crazy amount of people that we can relate to. [To be] able to know and travel all over the place, has been amazing.
Q What are you excited about in today’s reggae scene?
A It still has that authentic vibe and watching these youths making it in life is great to see.
Q Who has been your most difficult opponent in a clash?
A Probably Squingy and DJ Mark from Bass Odyssey. Those days were pure excitement.
And definitely the masters in sound clash — Trooper, Panther, Matterhorn, Links and Squingy; watching and learning through them and being able to reach a point that I can compete with them.
Q When is your next clash?
A Our next clash is the Welcome to Jamrock cruise Clash at Sea. I won two in a row [and I’m] going for the third.
Rewind: Reggae Pon De Beach starts 10pm. Advance tickets: $35 at Ptix.bm, Jamaican Grill, Fish & Tings, Caesar’s Pharmacy, Kit ‘n’ Caboodle and Snorkel Park Beach. Tickets also available at the door. VIP tickets, $85 (available only on Ptix.bm), include a buffet dinner and three drinks.
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