The All Nations Reggae Fest 2016 is set to electrify Joburg and Cape Town within the next few weeks. Promoting company All Nations has been pushing local and international reggae music and artists in South Africa for two decades, their most recent shows in the country having included such names as Capleton, Luciano and Sizzla.
This year’s All Nations Reggae Fest – set to take place in Jozi on November 5 at Carfax in Newtown; and in the Mother City on November 12 at the Castle of Good Hope – will witness five international reggae artists on one stage, three of which hail from Jamaica, namely Bushman, Etana and Turbulence. Souljah Luv hails from Zimbabwe, while Malawian Lucius Banda rounds out the lineup. All five international artists will be backed by the all African seven piece, All Nations Band.
Opening the Johannesburg show will be top SA reggae and dancehall artists: The Lucky Dube Band featuring Skeleton Blazer, Mad Koolia, Teedo, Commander Bee, E Man and MC Bada Bada. Opening the Cape Town show will be: The Rudimentals, Blak Kalamawi, Yagga Flames, Bashmouth Sound, Triple Crown and Ras Reggie.
Hailing from St Thomas in Jamaica, Dwight Duncan aka Bushman, will be making his debut appearance in SA this year. Duncan started out as a DJ/selector known as Junior Melody. His debut album ‘Nyah Man Chant’, produced by Steely and Clivie and released in 1997, scored two major hits: ‘Grow your Natty’ and ‘Call de Hearse’, developing a global fan base in the process.
The album was described in ‘Rough Guide to Reggae’ as “As good an example of modern cultural singing as you could hope to find.” It was Steely who suggested Junior change his name to Bushman. Since his debut, Bushman has released several albums, one of the most notable recent releases being 2011’s ‘Bushman Sings the Bush Doctor’ – his tribute to the legendary Peter Tosh, co-produced with the power house Donovan Germain (Penthouse). The album smashed its way to the number seven spot on the Reggae Billboard charts after just two weeks.
Etana’s name means “The Strong One” in Swahili, and it’s a title she strives to live up to with her music and presence. Since debuting in 2006 with the single ‘Wrong Address’, the Jamaican-born singer has established herself as one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in reggae, blazing a new trail in a genre that has long been male-dominated. Etana’s story begins in August Town, a treacherous but culturally rich garrison community in eastern Kingston that has produced such musical talents as Sizzla and Israel Vibration.
Growing up, Etana’s home was filled with music, but it was country and western that she recalls leaving the biggest impression. “Every Sunday was country music day,” says Etana. “A lot of people in Jamaica play gospel music on a Sunday, or old rub-a-dub. In my house it was country, like Dolly Parton. Tammy Wynette was my favorite of all the artists my mom used to play.”
Etana has released four albums, the most recent being ‘I Rise’, which was released in October 2014 and entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number seven, and topped the chart in its second week of release. It remained at the number one spot for four weeks. Etana was the first female to top the reggae billboard chart in over fifteen years.
Sheldon Campbell aka Turbulence hails from the Hungry Town district of Kingston. Like many other underprivileged youngsters, he began singing at school and church before serving his dancehall apprenticeship on sound-systems. Originally known as Double Trouble, a friend suggested that he should change his name to Turbulence, because of the disturbance he’d cause, and his capacity “to upset Babylon”. Turbulence’s righteous lyrics and straight-from-the-heart deliveries have already earned him widespread acclaim.
Turbulence has built up an extensive fan base after releasing almost twenty albums and touring the world. His biggest hit to date is ‘Notorious’, which rapidly outgrew its reggae and dancehall roots to become a huge star in the film ‘Rise Up’ (Reggae Star), which documents the progress of three young artists from Jamaica.
Both shows in their respective cities will kick off at 5pm and is expected to last until 4am. Tickets priced at R250 can be booked through
www.allnations.nutickets.co.za; or will be R300 at the door.
CAPE TOWN: Five lucky readers can win double tickets to All Nations Reggae Fest 2016 in Cape Town on November 12. Send your name and “Reggae Fest – CPT” in the subject line in an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org, before 12pm on Monday, November 7. Good luck!
JOBURG: Five lucky readers can win double tickets to All Nations Reggae Fest 2016 in Jozi on November 5. Send your name and “Reggae Fest – JHB” in the subject line in an e-mail to: email@example.com, before 12pm on Friday, November 4. Good luck!