Naâman got the coveted 7:15-8 pm slot on Saturday at 2017 Goa Sunsplash. And smashed it! Who is this man?
He jumped onstage alongside birthday boy selector Rudy Roots, starting the set with "Resistance," the first track from his then-latest album Rays of Resistance. The party continued, and he had the crowd dancing and eating out of his hand with hooks like "uptown, downtown, all around" and "put on your skanking shoes".
Naâman manifested the long-distance relationship blues with a "long, long, long, long time." He reminded us to "give thanks for being alive, feeling alright, its a blessing from above." And just when you thought he had settled into his forte, that mid-2000s lovers-rock conscious reggae style, he flipped the script with ska, disco, and tracks dancehall. That's when I realized that this man's signature style was versatility itself, nothing more nothing less. The "Outta Road" track, with its Afro-spiritual sample, was a revelation. His powerful vocal skills were on full display with low notes and high notes and every note in-between; he showcased a couple of verses in French, and he even transformed into the human DJ scratcher, going back and forth with Rudy Roots.
Born in northern France, this man has traveled through Jamaica and around the world, and came to Goa especially to bring us some positivity. Meeting him was like encountering a pleasant, fresh breeze, that's how this man exudes good vibes. When he sang of the "house of love tonight" he dedicated it to what we are collectively building at Goa Sunsplash. "We have to stick together," he preached. Naâman continues to tour on his 2017 album, Beyond. Check him out at naaman-official.com. Preach on and beyond, brother!
Well this is a series dedicated to the 2017 sets. So thanks to the partnership of the Goa Sunsplash festival with Mixcloud, you can hear everybody nice and clear. Hear Naâman's set and all the other heavy-hitters!