Scorcher as Ragga rocks
‘‘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.
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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.