South Florida is the home of jerk festivals and Afro-conscious events like Rhythms Of Africa. On August 12, roots-reggae visits the region in the form of Culture Fest, which takes place at Lallo’s in Lauderhill.
Etana, Bugle, Fantan Mojah, Natural Black, Ras Fraser Jr. and I Noah are the artists billed for the show which is promoted by Reggae Date Night.
One of that organization’s principals is Etana, a standard-bearer for the neo-roots movement, thanks to songs like ‘Wrong Address’ and ‘I Rise’. She said Culture Fest is aimed at music fans with indiscriminate tastes.
"This lineup is strong on roots-reggae with a hint of dancehall. It is deliberate because the artists appeal to all age groups and are loaded with a positive message and much energy," the singer/songwriter noted.
Bugle, Fantan Mojah and Natural Black have been off South Florida’s radar for some time. Bugle is known for hit songs such as ‘Nuh Compatible’ and ‘Anointed’ while Fantan Mojah’s hits include ‘Hail The King’ and ‘Rasta Got Soul’.
Natural Black, who is from Guyana, lived for several years in Jamaica where he made his mark with the roots anthem, ‘Far From Reality’, and worked with high-profile producers including Don Corleon.