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No-Maddz take Behind the Screen to new level

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM
No-Maddz plays to an attentive audience during the Behind the Screen series at Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records on Tuesday night. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Paul-Andre Walker, Gleaner Writer

Double encore highlights brilliant performance

There is no denying the talent of these four young men from Port Royal.

With much fanfare and applause, No-Maddz took to the stage and delivered an astounding set.

Group member Sheldon Shepherd 'blessed' the stage before the performance by sprinkling water all around it.

Kicking off the set with a revival-type song, the dub-poet group launched into Heaven on Earth.

The quartet, which consists of Everaldo Creary, Sheldon Shepherd, Christopher Gordon and Oneil Peart, was formed in 2000 while they were all students at Kingston College.

Spreading their positive message through their music, Shepherd informed the crowd that he was "proud to be blouse-and-skirt Jamaican".

Powerful performance

The group urged the audience to Sort Out Yuh Life Jamaica with a powerful performance of the song.

Imploring the crowd to support their cause, Shepherd urged audience members to purchase copies of their CDs which were on sale at the venue.

The group also performed songs such as Trod On, Easy, Ganja Stain and Mountain Lion.

With their unique musical style and their unconventional style of dress, No-Maddz could do no wrong for the eager Usain Bolt Tracks & Records audience.

Whether it was a revival-sounding dub poem, ska or an uptempo beat, the members of the group were able to captivate the audience with witty and profound lyrics.

The lovers' segment was up next, and the group showed the audience their versatility in Ghetto Lyrics-ing.

"For the lovers in the place, big up unuh self. Big up all the couples from high school whe still a gwaan," Creary said.

The group would soon have the ladies screaming to the lyrics of I'm In Love.

No-Maddz then showed appreciation for cannabis, with Now That We've Found Herb and It Only Takes a Spark.

After they left the stage, the audience screamed for more live music.

The group obliged and delivered the fan favourite, Rise Above Profanity (Poo Puku Poo Puku Poo Puku Puku Poo).

The audience still could not get enough and the group had to, once again, head back to the stage.

The group then performed Take You to A Place, which left the ladies begging for more.