“Sweat is about dancing,” says Lancelot Hall, somewhat unconvincingly.
“It was written at a New Year’s Eve party in Jamaica. People enter the room and the whole place becomes the dance floor; they dance until they sweat.
“People have taken it otherwise so who are we to contradict?” The Inner Circle drumming legend does concede that the band’s mega-hit has become known as a sexy song.
“I have seen some sexy dancers over the years,” concedes Lancelot, whose band headlines the Friday night live concert of the Cayman Islands Winter Music Festival 2012.
“We have been a couple of times before; I always remember the warmth of the Cayman people. We didn’t get to see the Stingrays but it has always been memorable. I have friends in the police department so big up to those bad boys!” As a live outfit, the energy is palpable within the reggae legends.
“People say they have never seen a show like it before. We really come to entertain and show our appreciation for the crowd.”
Reggae is vibe
The group also memorably wrote Bad Boys, which became the theme song of the Fox television network show COPS. Since the group’s inception in the late sixties, it has toured extensively worldwide.
“Audiences all sing a-lalalala-long but there are different cultures. Whereas an American audience will go wild and crazy maybe a European audience is a different proposition. And South America is different again.
“But music is an international language and at the end everyone is up for the party,” he says.
The band continues to work on its own stuff as well as helping upcoming artists at their studio through collaborations and recordings. An album is for download on the Inner Circle website of eight new groups.
“That’s our newest passion; to use our assets to help reggae music.”
Inner Circle, in fact, were around at the birth of reggae and have played with many reggae giants – Bernard Touter Harvey played on plenty Bob Marley albums, for one and Inner Circle used to back Bob on island performances.
What is it, then, that makes reggae such a force worldwide?
“It is a music which touches you. Reggae is life; a lot of our songs are written about life experiences as a lot of reggae is. No matter where you are in the world, if you are well-off or suffering, there is a common denominator that goes with the vibe, the feel.
“The music expresses something; it’s like you meet somebody and they are talking about their life experiences and you feel they are talking about yours. Even when it’s sad you feel someone understands and you feel better that you are not alone.”
No danger of that this Friday night; everyone can be part of the inner circle.