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Music takes center stage at Saturday Reggae Festival

By: Bill Charles

Date Posted: 2008-04-18

A total of 17 artists and groups are slated to perform Saturday at the Japan Reggae Festival 2008 Okinawa.

The mesmerizing sounds of reggae will waft through the air at Kaihin Park’s outdoor stage in Ginowan City beginning at 2 pm Saturday. Sponsored by Tower Records, the eighth annual reggae festival is drawing musicians from across Japan to perform during the eight-hour extravaganza.

Advance tickets to the event at the seaside stage near the Okinawa Convention Center are ¥6,000. Advance tickets are available at Family Mart and Tower Records. Tickets at the gate are ¥6,500. Gates open at 1 p.m., with seating on a first-come-first-seated for the best spots.

Performers this Reggae Festival are D-Lynx, God Making, Home Grown, I.van, Jing Teng, Junko, King Ryukyu, Kyusyu Guy, Manji Line, Metis, Micro, Jumbo Maatch Takafin Boxer Kid, N G Head, Pushim, Emi Tawata, South and U-Dou Platy.

Reggae’s tempo and beat are built around heavy use of drums, bass guitars and keyboards. A unique element of reggae is its ability to take just about any musical genre and adapt it to reggae style.

Reggae’s roots are steeped in Caribbean and African music, American rhythm and blues, as well as Jamaican ska, first becoming popular worldwide in the footsteps of Bob Marley. The Rastafari movement brought the reggae sounds into dominance in the 1970’s and 1980’s, riding the popularity of social issues, faith, love and human sexuality.

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