Wednesday 16th July
OPEN THE GATE @ JAZZ CAFE
live on stage
☆ MACKA B
& ROOTS RAGGA BAND ☆
+ opening act:
☆ IN SEARCH OF ☆
young band discovered by BBC 2012
☆ AFRIKAN SIMBA ☆
performing tracks from his new album Ethiopia
+ IN CONSOLE Open the Gate sound
Macka B is a British-born reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning thirty
years in the United Kingdom and Jamaica.
According to AllMusic.com “Macka B was one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters.”
Voted British Reggae Industry Best Male DJ ’91 & ’92, he was the first Reggae artist to tour
former Yugoslavia and the first British Reggae artist to tour Australia.
Macka B‘s music is based around the political and spiritual message of Rastafarianism,with an
often light and humorous touch.
Macka B “the Teacher” is well known for his social commentary and Conscious lyrics, a real man
for the people.
Discovered by BBC Introducing 2012, In Search of are young Rock & Reggae band fastly climbing London
Hailing from Nigeria, award winning artist Afrikan Simba is one of the leading MC’s in London,
having worked with top sound systems such as Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti and Channel One.
When he takes up the mic, a flow of conscious, spiritual and uplifting lyrics are guaranteed.
Open The Gate is a cultural organization whose objective is to promote a positive and contemporary
image of African & Diaspora arts, crafts, music, design and culture; offering accessible quality
programs across the communities.
OpenTheGate brings its recognised trademark of African Cultural events and activities around London,
hosting Live World Music concerts with the aims of giving visibility to upcoming artists, offering
affordable shows featuring renowned and established acts, showcasing a variety of musical genres and
traditions in order to instigate people’s interest for cultural diversity.
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