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Ziggy Tribute to Legends Hollywood Bowl

Reggae X: Ziggy Marley’s Tribute to the Legends at the Hollywood Bowl

Presented by Tuff Gong Worldwide and KCRW
Words by Carlene Founder

Los Angeles, CA -The LA weather was invitingly warm on July 31, 2011. The Hollywood Bowl was alive. Busses were still pulling in, fans still climbing the hill, and TV cameras were all over covering what was happening on the stage. People were upbeat and packed down with everything they thought they would need for the evening, from sandwiches and cold beer to cheeses and warm wine. Incense was in the air and its white clouds hung in whiffs between the bodies. Before the sunlight went dim, the concerts host, KCRWs Jeremy Sole, introduced himself and the nights first performers, Ras Michael and the Sons and Daughters of Negus. Continue reading

Reggae on the River 2011

The 27th Annual Reggae on the River Festival, July 16-17, 2011, at Benbow Lake State Rec. Area in Garberville, CA. Presented by Mateel Community Center.

Featured on the River Stage or the Redwood Stage: Ky-mani Marley, Gramps Morgan, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Bushman, Rootz Underground, Gondwana, Annette Brisset, Perfect, J Boog, Clinton Fearon, Edi Fitzory, HR, Suen Anilkulapo Kuti & Egypt 80 and a host of other local acts!

Nkulee Dube – Berkeley, CA Show

Nkulee Dube: Feeling Irie in Northern California

Words and photos by Lee Abel

Nkulee Dube

San Francisco, CA – South Africa-based Nkulee Dube delighted Californians in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and Berkeley during July, on what was her first U.S. tour. She was ably supported by her own wonderful band. Many who came to see the 26-year-old singer/songwriter were curious about the great Lucky Dube’s daughter. She did not disappoint.

Nkulee possess a strong voice with a natural beautiful melodic tone. She has managed to fuse ethno-soul and jazz with ethno-ragga in a true African stylee. She’s charismatic and joyous, with a command of the stage far beyond her age and experience. Like her father, Nkulee danced with members of the band. But, unlike Lucky, she also invited the audience on stage to show off their own moves.
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