… As star-studded Namibian reggae artists join in on festivities
By Jeoffrey Mukubi
NAMIBIANS will be treated to the sounds of reggae superstar Pampi Judah, who hails from St Thomas in Jamaica, when he headlines the Reggae Vibration Festival at the Zoo Park Amphitheatre on Friday, 29 September.
Legendary struggle musician, Ras Sheehama, alongside Set-son and The Mighty Dreads, Word Sound and Power, Gerry Dread, Omidi de Africa and West Coast Empire, make up the local line-up for the event.
Confidente spoke to some of the reggae artists this past week, who are prepared to set the stage on fire in the name of Jah.
“Reggae music has never been explored in this stature in Namibia. This festival will spread love and unity, while sending the good vibrations throughout the night,” Ras Sheehama said, while reiterating that the event will be as good as going to a Bob Marley or Lucky Dube concert.
Faridread, the band leader of Omidi de Africa said, “There are so many great reggae artists in Namibia, but they are not getting the exposure they need, because live (music) in general is always being sidelined in Namibia.”
The reggae artists added that the show is not only for Rastafarians, but for everyone who genuinely just loves reggae music.
Besides the live music, the public will have the opportunity to purchase albums and memorabilia, food and drinks, as well as different arts and crafts, which will be on display.
There aren’t many platforms where reggae musicians can express themselves, thus making it seem that people don’t care about reggae in Namibia.
However, this event may just be the biggest reggae festival of the year.
It will be the first time that Pampi Judah performs in Namibia.
His real name is Omar Facey, and according to his Facebook biography, he embraced the sounds of Jacob Miller, Big Youth and Bob Marley at a young age.
He debut album is titled Jah Be Praised, which was followed by a series of successful singles, including Woman Is My Life Line, Fight For Justice and More Life, which also feature on his latest album, titled My Life, and was released in 2014.
The Reggae Vibration Festival is set to bring Jamaican flare to Namibia and his hosted by Top Ranking Productions, in collaboration with Just Imagine investments and Three Dimensional Printing.
Tickets cost N$150 and are available on the Web Tickets website or at any Pick n Pay store nationwide.
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