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Friday, July 31, 2015

Reggae Can Festival, Garachico, 13th August


Fiestas in Tenerife are most usually associated with the traditional Canarian folk music of the parandas (wandering minstels, more or less) or the Latin carnaval rhythms of Salsa, but at almost all, somewhere, there's also likely to be a sound system, or at the very least a market stall selling the familiarly coloured green, gold and red, Bob Marley merchandise; sometimes I got the impression that Bob had been adopted as an honorary Canarian son. Reggae had found a real home-from-home in the Canaries and a multitude of avid fans.

Neighbours in the village I used to live in used to ask me to translate the lyrics of Bob Marley songs and I had to explain that whilst my Spanish might have up to it, my patois wasn't quite!

In Birmingham I'd lived in the street where the Campbells of Oooo-Bay-Kwarenta (to give it the Spanish pronunciation) had grown up and used to hang out with one of the former members of Steel Pulse, I even saw The Wailers in Tenerife (back in the 1990s), minus Bob Marley on that occasion, clearly. (I did see him at the Live at the Lyceum concert in London, in 1975.) You get the idea that I know and like my reggae. And the Canaries have their own reggae music industry - I'm currently listening to KANARIAS REGGAE MIXTAPE 2014 and it's not at all bad. 

If you also like reggae music, then there's a real treat in store for you on the evening of Thursday, 13th August, 2015 from 8pm in the Plaza de la Ermita de San Roque in Garachico, with the first edition of the Reggae Can Festival, with artists including Ruts & La Isla Music, Dactah Chando, Stereoman, Omar Xerach, Fernikhan, DJ Magek Selekta and the wonderfully named MC Dadda Wanche.

For once, I think this is something really likely to live up to the promotional blurb: "The sound of the drums make this summer's event an attraction without equal, surrounded by the infectious sounds of reggae music.

Oh and ENTRANCE IS FREE!



Garachico acoge la I edición del Reggae Can Festival
Primer Reggae Can Festival en Canarias

Via: Garachico Town Hall

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