October 2007 - Many people will credit
U Roy to be the first Reggae MC, but I Roy
was there right behind him. Here he performs
-with band- for an enthusiastic audience.
Usually, an MC will
chant on a Sound system on top of a
pre-recorded track. Sirens and other sound
effects are added, people dance and thing
while the selector puts one tune after the
other on the turntables.
The popularity of
"Toasting" as this form of
"Reggae Rapping" was officially
called went Sky High. Especially after the
concept crossed the musical border of Reggae
with American styles like Hip Hop and Rap.
U Roy was said to be
the first MC to rhythmically chant over the
drum and bass driven rhythms, somewhere in
the 1960's, but I Roy was right there behind
him. He created hit after hit in the 1970's,
many of them still considered to be classics
until this day.
In this video, we
hook up with I Roy somewhere in 1995.
Performing with a band, interacting with the
musicians and the audience, yes this is
another piece of niceness that will brighten
up your day.