POPULAR Port Elizabeth venue The Music Kitchen will tonight host its very first reggae night, with performances by two top local bands.
Skank & the Roots and The Brothers are two energetic groups who are ready to rock the venue – 69 Mangold Street in Newton Park – with their groovy reggae sets.
Skank & the Roots are a five-piece band from Uitenhage that was formed in the early 1990s. Their most memorable performance was in front of the late Nelson Mandela at a packed stadium in Uitenhage in 1993.
The band, led by charismatic lead singer Eric “Skank” Mooi, performs original reggae songs.
According to bassist Mkhangeli “MK” Matiwane, each of their compositions is “original, carries strong emotions and a positive message”.
“This is what reggae music is all about – a good, skanking vibe that touches one’s soul,” he said.
The Brothers are a seven-piece band with a distinctive reggae, ska, funk and rock sound infused with “heady doses of improvisation”.
“Conscious songs with catchy choruses are punctuated with flights of improvisational mayhem, from saxophone, organ and guitar to tuba and vocals,” The Brothers member Joe van der Linden said.
“The band is like a good curry made up of various flavours and textures, at times rough and soulful, at others slick and progressive.”
Tonight’s show starts at 8pm, but The Music Kitchen already opens from 4pm. Tickets, at R80, are available on (041) 364-1023 or at the door, subject to availability.