Event Review | TTM Collective Orchestra at the 02 Academy Islington

Sunday 19th May 2019 unveiled a special evening in London, with a variety of choice concerts to attend. In North London, TTM Collective Orchestra double album launch, at the 02 Academy Islington. And in South West London, The Kingdom Choir “Stand by Me Tour”, at The Royal Albert Hall. Two very different portrayals of gospel music, but all to the glory of God. RG360 attended the TTM Collective concert and what a night it was. This was the exclusive launch, of the Inspirational Love Songs “Masterpiece” double Album, following on from the successful 2017 EP launch, at the Proud Camden.

The Reggae Gospel Event of The Year

By 6.30pm the main hall steadily filled with laughter and chatter as people stood to enjoy the atmosphere with music provided by DJ Lady TLC from Station FM. And even then, as Lady TLC welcomed in the evening, her words were fitting as she lined up the next track “People you are in for a treat”

DJ Lady TLC
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The Host

Hostess for the evening Allison Mason a vibrant homegrown personality in the Reggae Fraternity, took care of hosting duties as only Allison Mason can.


Allison Mason
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Guest appearances from Premier Gospel presenters Ibe Giant Killer and Theo Manderson were also on stage, the evening wasn’t short of laughter between the two presenters.


Ibe Giant Killer
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Theo Manderson
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First Half Performances

The evening proceedings kicked off with smooth vocals from Kevin German singing “When Jesus Loves You Back” followed by a duet with Sandra McCalla, singing “Closer I Get To You”. Both songs in keeping with the theme of the evening, singing inspirational love songs to the Lord. Infused with the UK Lovers Rock sound with a Classical Reggae feel.


Kevin German
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Sandra McCalla
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Seasoned gospel singer Natalie Phillips sang Anita Wilson’s “Perfect Love Songs”. Natalie sang with ease and seemed unfazed by the lower register in parts of the song. Natalie encouraged the audience to sing along, with “I Love You Jesus”. It was a brave performance by Natalie, as she shared with the audience of her backstage injury, despite the injury, Natalie remained in high spirits and declared “pray for me y’all”. And that was that backstage worries forgotten, and Natalie was in her element.


Natalie Phillips
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Up next Maryla Abraham sang “Silver & Gold”, and “Speechless”, Maryla’s powerful vocals keeping pace with the bass pumping vibes and seeing as it was a gospel event it was a special moment as Maryla ministered to the crowd in between her songs.


Maryla Abraham
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Multi-Instrumentalist Camara Fearon, sang “My Cherie Amour”, which worked well on a reggae production, such were the variety of songs throughout the evening it was an impressive performance by Camara.


Camara Fearon
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Closing the first half of the show entered the talented Gospel Singer and songwriter Bex Grant with original lyrics on the “Waiting in Vain” riddim instrumental. Veteran Reggae guitarist Ivan Christie skillfully played the trademark guitar solo on the Bob Marley classic.


Bex Grant
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Guitarist Ivan Christie
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Second Half Performances

The second half saw a change of wardrobe for the TTM Collective Orchestra, the smart black-tie dress code, exchanged for green, yellow, and black t-shirts with the Jamaican flag imprinted on the front. There were also fashionable coordinated African wear choices from the female artists.

Co-Producer Stuart Green opened with a keyboard solo piece “Winter Sonata”, backed by the TTM Collective Orchestra. If you were expecting a predictable evening, then Stuart Green’s performance was an unexpected twist, this was Classical Reggae at its finest.


Stuart Green
(Photographer unknown)

Maryla Abraham returned with her third song of the evening “You Are So Beautiful”, and it was a beautiful performance by Maryla.


Maryla Abraham
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Up next Bex Grant with “Eyes On The King”, Bex took up the pace and seconds into the song, the band took matters into their own hands, and it was back to the top to the very last drop! The crowd needed no second invitation to rise up and enjoy.


Bex Grant
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Singer/songwriter Toyin Adekale, introduced a refreshing take on “I Give Myself Away” by William McDowell. The well-known praise and worship song was given the reggae touch and was well received by the audience. Toyin Adekale followed up with her second song for the evening “Endlessly”, which had the crowd joining in.


Toyin Adekale
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Allison Mason introduced David Copeland and Lurine Cato as ‘Gospel Royalties’ and given their musical footprints thus far it was a fitting title for the talented duo. Taken from the “Inspirational love songs” EP, “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration”. This was a polished performance by David and Lurine and such was the performance, Lurine’s impressive high vocal range and David’s velvet baritone vocals, the audience wanted more, and a second performance was granted.


Lurine Cato
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David Copeland and Lurine Cato
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Fortunately, the talent kept flowing, Natalie Phillips returned to the stage alongside Birmingham Saxophonist Millicent Stephenson with “Take Me To The King”.  Natalie and Millicent combined with great vocals and Sax performance. The production on this song had the unmistakable drum groove to Janet Kay’s “Silly Games”, a well-worked production from TTM Collective.


Natalie Phillips
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Birmingham Saxophonist Millicent Stephenson
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Camara Fearon came on with her second song for the night, “Free”, accompanied by guitarist Floyd Parris, an up-tempo sing-along classic for the audience. Camara’s refreshing vocals were a joy throughout the 02 Academy.


Camara Fearon
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Left to Right – Guitarists Floyd Parris and Ivan Christie
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Heal The Land

Camara introduced the closing song for the evening, bringing all the artists back on stage for the final performance “Heal The Land” a featured single on the album raising awareness on knife and gun crime. Camara encouraged the audience to remain proactive and continue to pray for the youths. This was a touching end to a successful night for the Reggae Gospel Fraternity.


TTM Collective Orchestra
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In his closing speech, Gary Revelation Dixon concluded the evening was a dream come true, with heartfelt thanks to everyone involved, including a personal tribute to his father and veteran performer Satch Dixon.


Father and Son
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Gary Revelation Dixon
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TTM Collective Producer Gary Revelation Dixon and Co-Producer Stuart Green, have laid a solid foundation of what to expect going forward. This is #rebranding and #strengthening what remains (Rev 3:2) of the Reggae Gospel Fraternity in every way.

If you missed this special evening, don’t miss out on purchasing the double album entitled Inspirational Love Songs “MASTERPIECE” by TTM Collective Orchestra feat Various Artists.

For further information/bookings etc… please contact email:- garydixon81@yahoo.co.uk – FB GLR Records Ltd & Gary Revelation Dixon – Apps Village GLR Records Ltd – Whats app/tel +44 (0)7973 712 425 – Twitter MrPercussion@garydixon811 – Instagram – gary_revelation_dixon

TTM Collective Orchestra

  • Chris Thompson -Drums
  • Dave Brooks -Bass
  • Stuart Green -Keyboards
  • Cyrus Richards -Keyboards
  • Floyd Parris -Guitar
  • Ivan Christie -Guitar
  • Gary Dixon -Percussion

Brass Section

  • Trumpet -Kevin Robinson
  • Trombone -Harry “Bone” Brown
  • Saxophone -Ray Carless

String Quartet

  • Mahaliah Edwards
  • Georgia Russell
  • Zoe Hoi
  • Charlie Walker

Backing Vocalists

  • Sandra McCalla
  • Michelle Connor
  • Donna Moore

Photo Credit: Special thanks to Courtney Anglin Photography for permissions to use photos for this review. https://www.courtneyanglin.photography/

 

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