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Midnite | “Birthright Is The Ticket” | Vets Hall | Santa Cruz 2009

Included here is one of Midnite’s most memorable performances and a certified classic among fans – their last performance at the old Vets Hall in Santa Cruz, CA on December 11, 2009.  Check Vaughn and the band playing one of my favorite Midnite tunes “Birthright Is The Ticket.”

Another Nomotrouble classic!  Here is what Nomo said about the show:

“This is actually a very special show, their last at the old Vets Hall in Santa Cruz. When i introduced myself to Ron [Benjamin] the next year and brought copies of all my Midnite and Dezarie recordings, he asked me if i had this show, and when i showed it to him he did a little dance. The artist who is painting that you see during the ‘children of the rising sun’ part is matt, very cool guy who i see every year at reggae on the river. The music this night was sick, and after three hours of chanting and vibes, they play that last song…..it is my honor and my privilege, to be among the tutelage.”

“I say paralyze once, paralyze once again…” – Vaughn Benjamin


From Midnite: It A Go Dread Inna DC

Summer 1997, East Coast Flavor Recording Studios, Washington, D.C.

A small crowd of Rasta and conscious musicians converge on a small D.C. recording studio to record an album. No, not to record an album – those are the wrong words – to perform 10 songs live in-studio while an audio recorder is running. After several years of incessant touring up and down the east coast of the United States, Midnite, a struggling roots reggae outfit borne in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, enters the studio to perform 10 songs that were forged during late nights in front of small crowds inside of small clubs. Each song the equivalent of a time bomb set to detonate on the busy streets of Babylon at a time to be determined. The band is harmonizing together as one cohesive unit on the same vibration. This tends to happen when you are crammed inside vans and shitty hotel rooms for several years. They eat together. They sleep together. They are a machine lubricated with the anointing oils of His Majesty, Jah Rastafari, Emperor Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God. As Vaughn Benjamin wails into the mic, eyes closed, head to the sky

“They can’t feel love yeah
Even when Jah show them love
They don’t know love
They can’t feel love yeah
I am the kaaba stone”

-Kaaba Stone

“Bushman,” “Love the Life You Live,” “Eyes Are the Light,” “Propaganda,” “Kaaba Stone,” “Due Reward,” “Don’t Move (Lion’s Dread),” “Meditation (Babylon Fruits),” “Mama Africa,” “Time and Time Again.” Each song will be performed and recorded live. Here in this small Washington, D.C. recording studio. Just like a live gig. Benjamin wails into the microphone:

“Did not this morning start with darkness
Well so does tonight
Alpha alpha and omega I
The beginning and the end”

-Propaganda

Two mics.

No overdubs.

No delay.

No equalization.

No reverb.

No mixing.

Just raw, naked talent and pure instinct. Unpolished.

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Midnite Birthright

 

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