By Ra-Umi Alkebu-lan
With a good performance at Follow Di Arrow show held recently at James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary, Jamaica. Lutan Fyah not only gave an electrifying performance, but ignited the place as the audience lit their lighters and blazed their aerosol spray cans. Lutan Fyah set the pace for what can be expected of him in 2010.
The singer had to dig deep in his musical arsenal to entertain the vociferous dancehall enthusiasts who were in their element. Lutan Fyah entered the stage at 2:40am dressed in a green army jacket, blue jean pants, black turban and Black Sneakers. The audience roared with approval from the "get go" has he sang "Whole heap dem caan believe man say Rastafari now”, He did a tight and spicy set which included hit songs such as Rasta Still De Bout, St Jago De la Vega, Save The Juvenile, Falling For You, Informer, Mightier Than Them All and the recently release Jail.
Currently he is getting heavy rotation on Fm Radio since the release of these singles “Jail” produced by Chester Walker and Mooni, which document his wrongful arrest, and his subsequent exoneration in a Jamaican court. “Looking Hot “(Boops Rhythm) produced by Shane Brown, “Mighty Mouth” produced by DJ Neil, “Give Thanks” featuring I Wayne and “One Life” produced by Chester Walker for the label Very Hugh.
Born Anthony Martin, Lutan Fyah hails from the community of Thompson Pen, Spanish Town, St. Catherine. A graduate of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), Martin juggled academics, music and sports. He has three passes at the CXC level and had set his sights on becoming an Architect. He also played Manning Cup football for STATHS and in the National Premier League for Hazard United and Constant Spring.
Music has been an integral part of his life, which he first found through his grandfather's Black Universe sound system in Thompson Pen where he got his early exposure. He first came to prominence with the song “There Is No Peace In Spanish Town”.
With four number ones singles to his credit namely “Rasta Still Deh Bout”, done in tandem with Josie Mel, “Save The Juvenile”, “St. Jago De La Vega” and recently “Falling For You”. His albums to date are “Dem No Know Dem Self” (Minor7Flat5, 2004), “Time and Place” (Lustre Kings, 2005) “Phantom War” (Greensleeves, 2006) “Healthy Lifestyle” (VP, 2006) and “Africa” Double Disc (2b1, 2008).
Now surrounded by a competent management team, he is set to dominate the music scene locally and to expand his fan base internationally. He recently returned from Gambia, Africa where he performed to sold out venues and was well received. He is booked to return later in the year.
He left the island recently for the United States after which he moves to Europe, where he is scheduled to perform in Holland, France and Germany. A yet-to-be named album will be released later this year.