All roads will lead to the Kijitonyama Post Office grounds tomorrow when reggae music fans will be marking the 7th Caribbean Beat Concert (famously known as Bob Marley Day).
The organizer of the country’s most popular reggae music concert, Benji Cosmo, said in Dar es Salaam yesterday that reggae enthusiasts should expect superb gigs from celebrated names such as Warriors Band from A-Town, Ras Inno & the Innocent People Band as well as Jhikoman and Afrikabisa Band among others.
The Arusha-based Warriors Band, which was recently crowned as this year’s Best Reggae Band at Tanzania’s Music Awards 2012, will give the main performance.
Combined with the awesome lyrics from Ras Inno & the Innocent People Band, Jhikoman and Afrikabisa as well as five artists from Kizazi Kipya Cha Reggae (the new reggae generation) in the names of Dabo, Susu Man, Jahson, Chibwa & Ras Six, the organizer is confident the show will leave lasting memories in the brain folds of reggae fans.
“The crowd should expect to see a reggae concert like never seen before in Tanzania. Four bands, five reggae artists and ragga dancers…a total of 55 Artists all in one backstage….they should expect massive performances from Tanzanian reggae legends and upcoming reggae artists,” he said
Christened Bob Marley Day 2012, the concert, which is also celebrated around the world, is in honor of the life of a Jamaican singer-songwriter and musician who put reggae on the world map, Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley.
Sponsored by Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, PrimeTime Promotions, Cosmo Entertainment and Clouds FM’s Caribbean Beat, the night of the show will also see participants watching the finals of Champions League between Chelsea and Bayern Munich on big screens.
“We are doing everything possible to make this year’s, Bob Marley Day a special one to everyone who will be able to attend. With just an entrance fee of 5000/-, they will be able to watch the country’s best reggae performance between 8:00pm and 5:00am. We have arranged ample parking for more than 100 cars with over 40 security personnel inside and outside the venue. There will also be plenty of drinks and food,” said Cosmo.
Caribbean Beat is derived from a reggae show aired on Clouds FM every Sunday night from 10pm-midnight. "Tamasha La Caribbean Beat" was officially launched in 2006 as a platform and focus on building Tanzanian reggae talent by promoting artists through concerts and events.
This event is managed by Cosmo, a leading promoter of reggae music in Tanzania.
A Tanzanian artist who has made it commercially through such events is Amini who was first discovered performing on a Caribbean Beat stage.