Ready for the ragga?

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JAMES GREEN­LAND

The in­ter­na­tional Ragga­muf­fin fes­ti­val brings the sweet sounds of roots and reg­gae to Te Rau­paraha Arena at Porirua next month.

Fiji, J-boog, Hot Rain and Spawn­breezie are all on the June 2 bill – play­ing their third show of five in the in­au­gu­ral Ragga­muf­fin Road­trip. The lineup also in­cludes Mor­gan Her­itage’s own Pee­tah Mor­gan, and New Zealand artists Sons of Zion and Sol­jah.

The Ragga­muf­fin fes­ti­val tours Australia, but usu­ally lim­its its Kiwi pres­ence to a sin­gle day at Ro­torua. How­ever, this year fans from Greater Welling­ton and other New Zealand cen­tres will have a chance to soak up some good vi­bra­tions at the mini-fes­ti­val.

Each show will fea­ture a lo­cal act, se­lected by fans.

‘‘We want to en­cour­age up-and-com­ing acts wher­ever pos­si­ble, they may be fu­ture Ragga­muf­fin stars,’’ fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Jackie San­ders says.

On Face­book, 53 per cent of Welling­ton fans voted for Hutt Val­ley band Oku Rootz.

They are ex­cited to rub shoul­ders with J-boog and Spawn­breezie who they lis­tened to grow­ing up.

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets start at $59 and gates open 4pm at Te Rau­paraha arena, June 2.

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