Durban - Kit yourself out in green, yellow and red for Durban's Bob Marley Earth Day Festival on February 3 at uShaka Marine World’s Wahooz. The music plays from 10am to 8pm.
The festival, now in its tenth year, celebrates the great artists birth on February 6 1945. This year’s performers include The Meditators, Black Dillinger, Luwe Da Lion, Rastas at Work, Holy Fire, Undivided Roots, Sizwe Zakwe and the Rasta Project and Rasta Riddims.
The Meditators, who will be headlining the festival, are Durban’s own six-piece reggae band. The band was founded by lead guitarist and vocalist Shante Bekwa in 1991 and includes Dan Msomi on rhythm guitar, Bunny Nathi Mkhize on drums, Sfiso Mpanza on keyboard and backing vocals, Barret Hlela on bass guitar and Alberto Chemane on percussion.
The Meditators released their first reggae album in 1993 and have opened for the likes of The Parlotones, Jeremy Loops, Mango Groove, Tony Rebel, Queen Ifrica, Rita Marley and Linton Kwesi Johnson.
Reggae lovers will also welcome back another local band, Pietermaritzburg’s The Undivided Roots. The band has been performing for 9 years and features street musician and activist Ntsangu Roots. Wadada is on guitar and vocals, Revival on bass guitar and vocals, Heaven on drums and vocals, Spear on keyboard and vocals, Rainbow on guitar and vocals and Judgement on lead guitar and vocals.
Tickets just R50 at uShaka Marine World ticketing office. Call 031 328-8000.The Independent on Saturday