Treat for reg­gae fans as Glen to visit Kenya


Leg­endary Ja­maican reg­gae mu­si­cian Glen Wash­ing­ton will be in the coun­try next month and is set to per­form at Ridge­ways Inn, pop­u­larly known as The Yard, along Ki­ambu Road on the eve of Ja­muhuri Day.

The Strangers in the Night and Kind­ness for Weak­ness hit­maker will per­form along­side Nikkei Cam­era among oth­ers and will be backed Grav­ity Band in the show or­gan­ised by Dread Broth­ers Pro­mo­tion, Shashamane In­ter­na­tional and Ridge­ways Inn-the Yard.

Mr Wash­ing­ton’s per­for­mance at The Yard will be a first of its kind in the area where sev­eral en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties have re­cently mush­roomed.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Sylvia Wam­bui, who is one of the di­rec­tors of The Yard, which is the main spon­sor of the event, there are also plans to have Mr Wash­ing­ton per­form in Meru County dur­ing his De­cem­ber tour.

The award win­ning mu­si­cian and Ms Cam­era have shot separate videos pro­mot­ing the event, which are be­ing cir­cu­lated by the man­age­ment of The Yard ahead of their ar­rival.

In his 56-minute video shot in his coun­try, Mr Wash­ing­ton, with the tune of his Beau La Land song, sings in ref­er­ence to the tour: “Oh Kenya land, sweet Kenya land, that’s where I gonna be.”

The Oh Jah singer then con­tin­ues: “Greet­ings Africa, this is Glen Wash­ing­ton. I will be per­form­ing live at Ridge­ways Inn, The Ward on Ki­ambu Road Nairobi, Kenya, on Mon­day De­cem­ber 11.”

Ms Cam­era has done a 45sec­ond video to pop­u­larise the event whose en­trance charges are Sh20,000 for VVIP cat­e­gory, Sh5,000 for VIP and Sh3,000 for the clas­sic cat­e­gory.

Mr Wash­ing­ton, a singer, song­writer and drum­mer, whose songs carry mes­sages of peace, love and har­mony, will be do­ing his sec­ond per­for­mance in the coun­try af­ter the 2004 event in Nairobi.

Born in the parish of Claren­don, Ja­maica, Mr Wash­ing­ton, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion on his web­site, be­gan his mu­si­cal ca­reer in the early 1970s as the lead singer for the group Names and Faces. He later be­came the lead singer in a band called 35 In­cor­po­rated.

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