Words & Photos: Martei Korley
One way to ensure some heavy riddim for your buck is to call up some good musicians. Firehouse Crew comprises of exactly that. The members have played together for the last 20 years and have built a rock solid reputation for heavy and creative sound and electrifying live performances. Many know Firehouse Crew(a pun on Waterhouse/KGN11 where tempers tend to run hot) as Sizzla’s backing band(now you know what he means when he turns around to face his band on stage and says” Fire!”), but they are more than that. As a studio outfit they regularly contribute material for a host of artists and producers. We caught up with them at Anchor Studios where they were cooking up some fat riddims while admirers of their sound kept filing in and out of the cramped Studio II.
It went something like this: King George, the drummer and bandleader sets the pace while the guitsy, Mitchum “Khan’ Chin and Donald “Danny Bassie” Dennis compare frets.
Then Paul “Wrongmove” Crossdale finds the keyboard riff
while Fatta is all over the board.
Spectacular, the Dj, couldn’t help feeling the vibes and let the lyrics flow
Music has been made, not too different from a Motown session, really…
And like Motown, most of what these gentlemen output will stand the test of time …