Ghanaian reggae icon Blakk Rasta and the Herbalist Band will on Saturday April 7 launch ‘Moon Splash Reggae’, a new amalgamation of diverse Ghanaian rhythms, with a concert at the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
‘Moonsplash Reggae’, which has been a subject of research by Rasta and engineer/producer Zapp Mallet for several years, is a new, pure and unadulterated form of reggae dramatically fused with diverse rhythms, beats and sounds from Ghana and other parts of Africa.
Accompanied by Bamaya, Adowa, Borborbor, Damba, Takai, Sigi, Kpanlogo, Jazz and other rhythms, the new synthesis is set to distinguish the Jamaican brand of Reggae with what is being described as the “African Reggae Renaissance”.
A number of compositions based on the new genre are currently being recorded and patrons would have the opportunity to enjoy several tracks during the concert, which is expected to change the Reggae landscape and scene in Ghana and beyond.
Multiple sounds from African streets, markets, workshops, offices, workshops, factories, farms and villages would be in harmony with an array of traditional African and Western instruments, thereby reminding listeners of the African vibe and atmosphere.
Other reggae artistes slated for the night, which has been predicted to have a full moon, include Tamale-based star Sheriff Ghale, Fiifi Selah and Elvis B. They would join the bandwagon as a new movement that seeks to depart from the overstretched brand of Jamaican reggae is inaugurated.
A one-day workshop for 30 reggae musicians from various parts of Africa and beyond would precede the concert. It is aimed at exposing the ‘Moon Splash’ phenomenon while incorporating fresh rhythms and other instruments into the new creation.
In 2009, Rasta composed a song for US president Barack Obama ahead of the latter’s visit to Ghana. A winner of 2011 reggae radio show host from the Ghana Radio and TV awards, his latest album, ‘Born Dread’ has already received international acclaim and rave reviews.
The concert/workshop is being organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut in Accra.
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