January 3, 2024
Talented Rastafarian reggae artiste Bugle put in a mature, professional performance that showed off the arc of his overall development as a performer.
Looking dapper in a tan suit and matching sneakers, he kicked off his performance with a bang with Anointed.
“Mi forward from a place name Cooreville, Kingston 20, big up every real ghetto yute, Riverton, Seaview Gardens, Callaloo Bed, Waterhouse, if yuh proud of yourself and where you come from, represent for your ghetto,” he said, before launching into Be Proud.
Bugle then requested the Answer rhythm to which he deejayed a song about “some bwoy with nose ring”.
He got a major ‘forward’ for an uptempo rendition of Doh, and then later with Journeys.
Vuvuzelas spanked the night air and the audience showed vociferous appreciation for songs like What Have I Done to You?
The artiste kept the momentum going with a lively rendition of Blame Life.
Over the years, Bugle has built up an impressive catalogue of songs that are like a distillation of spirituality, common sense, homespun wisdom, and old proverbs.
The highlight of his performance came during his rendition of Nuh Compatible, which is arguably his biggest hit, in which one of his backup singers joins him onstage to answer his allegations about their ‘toxic’ relationship. She deejayed with conviction: “Tek back yuh promises/tek back yuh ring…”
Bugle paid tribute to his mother, who he said gave birth to 11 children, and who passed away last year.
“Mi ah number 8; imagine if Mama did stop at number 7, there would be no Bugle,” he said, before asking the patrons to turn on their flash lights on their phones. He transformed the venue into a glittering scene as performed Mama Mi Love You.
There were seeming challenges with organisers with timing, but Bugle also performed songs like Nuh Worry, and even sneaked in a few songs a capella to huge roars before exiting the stage.
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