Tribute to king of reggae

Vuyolwethu Hole

AS THIS month focuses on uniting all Africans, four bands will pay tribute to reggae legend Bob Marley on Africa Day next Saturday.

“Bob’s music has always pushed the message of love , hope and unity,” One Blood Sound co-founder and organiser of the Bob Marley Tribute, Nomakhomazi Dyosopu, said.

There is no better way to connect people in Africa Month than through music, she says.

The tribute will take place at the Vodacom Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk from 6pm.

Tickets are R80 and are available at Computicket or at the door for R100.

The bands that will perform are: Take Note – a renowned youthful jazz band; The Brothers; Skanks & The Roots; and Ever High Dread – a reggae fusion band.

“Bob Marley inspired most musicians, his content is so powerful. We look forward to the challenge.

“We want to take his music and re-arrange the songs, infusing our sound into the tracks,” Take Note band member Thandile Petshwa said. “There is always a strong rhythm and emotion behind every message in our music,” Skank & The Roots band member Mkangeli Matiwane said.

“Bob Marley has been a big influence on our sound.”

Matiwane said their music reflected peoples’ daily life experiences and their interactions with each other – the love, the hate, the making of peace.

Every human emotion could be expressed in their music, he said.

The Brothers describe their sound as a combination of dub, Skafrican music – which is a blend of reggae, kwela and African music – with occasional hints of jazz, funk and the blues.

“Africa is still wild. Everyone thinks that developed countries are ‘ahead’, but they are also ahead in consumerism, pollution and greed. Africa has potential.

“We are the continent of the future. This is why it is important to celebrate Africa Month,” vocalist and songwriter for The Brothers, Etienne Verster, said.

“All the bands selected are multi-cultural and multi-racial and have their own unique sound. We wanted to cater for everyone in the Bay,” Dyosopu said.

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