Is it just us, or does the Gold Coast Skating Rink seem like a pretty wacky location for this years Reggae Explosion? The event was originally scheduled for outdoorsy bar/massive Caribbean mecca Bayside Hut, but things have changed for the venerable venue. And fret not thyselves, nonskaters the only wheel allowed during the event will be that of the selectors, when they drop the riddim for the second time.
The event has a dancehall-heavy history, but this years headliner is roots reggae champion Sizzla Kalonji, of spiritual ballads such as Black Woman and Child, Praise Ye Jah, and Thank You Mama. Rounding out the lineup will be Spragga Benz, who perhaps will deliver a message from his incarcerated on-again/off-again paramour, rapstress Foxy Brown. Therell be lots of new dancehall for the younguns, from the likes of Mad Anju, Calibe, and Trevor Off Key, and one dancehall legend to show them all how its done: King Yellowman will bring albino hotness to the stage with classic boom shots like Zungguzungguguzungguzeng. (If you dont know, you better ask somebody.) Tickets cost $32. Call 954-609-9802, or visit myspace.com/offcialreggaeexplosion. Yeah, you read that right; dont make the mistake of spelling official correctly, or you wont find the page. Whats a little misspelling among reggae friends?
Sat., Nov. 17, 2007