Thursday, January 19, 2006

More Fire

Big Ups to current resident-in-Melbourne, Art Official, for his report on More Fire - Melbourne's biggest monthly reggae party.

Chant Down: MORE FIRE! session #54. Jan 14, Melbourne

Last Saturday night inna Melbourne town, Australia, saw Chant Down Productions present: MORE FIRE! Session #54 of Melbourne's monthly reggae/dancehall blaze up, a session which has been burning hotter and hotter since April 2001.

Soundmen Jesse I and Ras Crucial (Chant Down Soundsystem) hosted and headlined the night with guest selectors Housewife's Choice, Christar, Bonnita, Delay, and A13, later on vocalists Damajah and Riff Raff joined the selectors on stage. Tearing up dance floors in 2 rooms of the Mearcat, Queen St, the main room underground was packed with enough sound power for a heavy, heavy reggae bashment session. The second room was upstairs and had a balcony overlooking the Victoria Market, which certainly pleased the irie intentions of some.

By the time I arrived, A13 was dropping some big tunes downstairs, from Gregory Isaacs 'Rumours', to Ninjaman's 'Mad Again'. Chant Down Soundsystem then took to the stage to blaze things up with nuff dubplates and conscious roots dancehall. Upstairs, Housewife's Choice were pushing tough riddims like 'World a Music' and 'I Swear'. MCs Damajah and Riff Raff joined Jesse I on the mic to close the impressive Chant Down set. With the crowd wanting more, Bonnita took to the tables and threw down some big ragga hip-hop and dancehall which was followed by some heavy, heavy dub selections by Jesse I.

Overall a wicked night with everyone enjoying the nice vibe and great tunes. Big up to Chant Down! They are online at, which has info and audio from some More Fire sessions. But even better... if you are in or near Melbourne, on the second Saturday of the month, More Fire is a sure shot.



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