Book Café hosts Reggae Festival


Reggae lovers are in for a treat this Christmas with yet another festival that is billed to explode at the popular reggae venues, Book Café and The Mannerberg on December 24.

The gig is set to feature Zimbabwe’s three leading reggae outfits sharing the same stage.

The festival, dubbed “Reggae Reggae Festival,” will witness performances by reggae crooner, Mic Inity belting out live music alongside one of the most explosive reggae bands in Zimbabwe, Hotta Fire.

The longest surviving reggae band in Zimbabwe, Transit Crew, will also have the opportunity to showcase their flair when they take to the stage with a highly anticipated new outfit after one of their lead vocalists Emmanuel “Mannex” Motsi quit the band to pursue solo projects.

House of Stone is one of the dub instrumental reggae bands with a selection of guest vocalists who feature with them from time to time including Junior Banton, Memory, and versatile hip-hop rappers, MC Cheetah, Ba Shupi and Mischief who are also expected to grace the stage.

One of Zimbabwe’s versatile artists, Mathias Julius, who this year had a good dance with the Afro-Shangara outfit Mookomba and Chikwata 263, is also set to be part of the line-up of artists set to wow crowds at this fest together with Lady Thanda Richardson who also has been consistently climbing up the ladder on the local musical scene.

Thanda this year worked with several artists including touring southern Africa and Europe.

In December, Thanda was featured weekly at Book Café under the “FLAME” programme for female artists, following in the steps of performers like Chiwoniso Maraire, Hope Masike and Edith weUtonga.

In an interview with NewsDay, Tomas Brickhill, manager at The Mannenberg said: “This festival will give the fans an opportunity to dance with some of the finest local reggae artists and experience long hours of great music showcasing some of the best reggae bands on the local music scene.”