I know this comes on short notice but be in the know, this weekend, if you are a reggae fan, you will be treated to a perfect mash of old school roots reggae and the new age one drop-love ballads at the KICC this weekend.
On the bill at the Dobba Festival is the internationally acclaimed Jamaican star Richie Spice who shot to fame through the single “Grooving My Girl” followed by “Earth a run red”. A Lyrical powerhouse with his Rastafarian ties, he has kept his catalog conscious and appealing to the younger generation over the years. Spice is also known for riveting stage presence and making roots reggae crowds ignite in his presence.
Etana the Strong one is billed to share the stage with Richie Spice as well on Saturday 18th March. Her dazzling voice and her melodic genius has cemented her place in the greats of reggae music. With hit singles such as “Wrong Address”, “People Talk”, “I Rise”, and “Blessings” – probably the biggest tune in the 254 media houses. Etana has a reason to keep a crowd grooving. This will be her second time in Kenya after she hit the stage with Tarrus Riley in 2012 at the carnivore.
Grammy nominated and devout Rastafari Luciano is also set for Nairobi. Well Revered in Africa by Heads of States, and a big proponent of repatriation to Africa, Luciano is all about consciousness and calls out his peers for slacking in making the world a better place. Many consider him a gospel reggae artist but his religion is Rastafari.
Putting all this in perspective, the three acts land in the 254 in the course of the week and hit media stations for promo, pedal to the metal literally.
It is important for promoters of such events to respect the due process and cease being hasty with these performances. The concert has been announced in a week, with the promoter relying on the love of the fans for the artists. But Kenyans are special fans who need weeks or months of teasing that act A is coming; you are paying XYZ and get ready. Some chaps in the reggae business are speaking in low tones that this type of business is wrong and places everyone in a precarious position concerning future events.
From past events like Chris Brown, the numbers dwindle due to the short time span in warming up the fans. Some names in the music industry deserve tens of thousands piling at the venues. I’d expect Richie Spice, Luciano and Etana to rake in close to 10,000 people, but this one I’m sure the numbers will be worrying.
All in all, this weekend it’s a chanting weekend and we shall be happy to do so in peace at the heart of Nairobi.
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