Nature traces Life’s Journey
Nature's debut album is named Life's Journey and, as he performed at its official launch of the Downsound Records set on Tuesday at Redbones Blues CafÈ, New Kingston, the singer took the large audience on a trip to the first time he held a microphone.
He sang at length before harking back to his days as Little Thunder, doing the already well-known songs World Peace, Trying Man and Revolution (originally done by Tracy Chapman), as well as the remake of Native's Black Tracks in full.
Poet Steppa was requested to repeat the question he had asked Barack Obama about marijuana during the town hall meeting at the University of the West Indies, Mona, during the US president's visit to Jamaica. Steppa did, Nature incorporating the query into his declaration of being an "original herbalist", Sugar Minott's Oh Mr DC worked into the ganja support.
Nature thanked a number of persons who contributed to making Life's Journey. Among them were engineer Patchy, producer Cordell 'Skatta' Burrell, Downsound Records head Joe Bogdanovich, Shady and Josh FX, speaking at length about Rocky, who owned Black Arrow sound system.
Then a child, Nature and a friend would pass the yard in Montego Bay where Black Arrow was based and see adult males singing, " ... so we stopped there and we decided to sing". They went inside the yard and Rocky immediately allowed them a turn at the microphone.
With Rocky standing close to him in front of the audience, Nature reinforced the name of the sound system.
"Black Arrow. It might not be the big sound system that everybody know, but this man is the man who allow me to hol' the microphone," Nature said. "At the time, mi did name Little Thunder." He was about eight years old.
Nature went on to deejay that first set of lyrics, which include his then stage name, eventually inserting his adult stage name into the lyric.
It was not the end of Nature's launch performance. High kicks, rapid knee lifts, flashing dreadlocks and, for the ladies, waist prodding ("Since Rasta a eat proper, them nuh suppose to can move? Rasta nuh fi stiff."), a departure from an inevitable return to the stage, and a long moment of silence for the late LaToya 'Toya' Jackson, who was buried recently.
And there was yet another
trip back to an earlier stage in Nature's Life's Journey.
Before doing the song No Gun Around, he noted solemnly "a lot of my friends die by the gun when I was just 17. They were also 17, some were 15".
Tourism and Entertainment Junior Minister Damion Crawford and music producer Cardell 'Skatta' Burrell, who spoke about being impressed from early with Nature's talent, spoke at the Life's Journey launch, hosted by Denise 'Isis' Miller.