Scorcher as Ragga rocks

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‘‘How much? Too much! How meke? Too meke!’’ Was the catch phrase of the day af­ter the group’s en­er­getic per­for­mance of some of its past sum­mer jams, in­clud­ing Ne­sian 101, For The Peo­ple and Sun Goes Down.

I’ve al­ways had a lot of time for Che Fu and the Krates. They per­formed just af­ter mid­day when the sun was high and SPF30+ just wasn’t go­ing to cut it any longer.

De­spite the heat, the crowds stayed, peo­ple shel­ter­ing un­der Bob Mar­ley sarongs, wet tow­els and wo­ven fans as he belted out his older crowd-pleas­ing songs, Misty Fre­quen­cies, Fade-Away, Chains, and he even paid trib­ute to reg­gae greats with a med­ley of cov­ers.

Reg­gae su­per­star Maxi Priest made me a be­liever.

I watched him strut around with his son Marvin, mov­ing the crowd with hits like Close To You, House­call and That Girl.

They were my favourite act of the day, hands down, be­cause of their scream-in­duc­ing dance moves and in­ter­ac­tion with the crowd.

The evening cli­maxed with R&B hip hop diva Mary J Blige per­form­ing to a packed sta­dium un­der the stars.

By that time, the al­co­hol had evap­o­rated and the heav­ing crowd were on a good buzz.

Blige is prob­a­bly the most fa­mous per­son I’ve ever pho­tographed and she looks ex­actly like she does on tele­vi­sion for all those who were won­der­ing. She de­liv­ered a world class per­for­mance in Ro­torua which speaks vol­umes for her pro­fes­sion­al­ism and earned her the re­spect in New Zealand she de­serves.

For more on Ragga visit face­book. com, key­word: Ragga­muf­fin.

Ragga-heads: The ‘‘Rude Boys’’ from Auck­land were out in force at Ragga­muf­fin.

Mary Mary: Head­lin­ing act Mary J Blige lit up the sta­dium with a high en­ergy stage show.

Cool down: Ragga­muf­fin go­ers braved the 28 de­gree heat to see their favourite reg­gae bands but the ‘‘Mista’’ – an out­door sprin­kler area –-let them cool off.

Up close: Maxi Priest got the au­di­ence belt­ing out I just wanna be close to you dur­ing his per­for­mance at Ragga­muf­fin.

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