Che thrilled to play at feast of reggae
Having been inspired by a legend at the age of four as he stood stage left at Bob Marley’s 1987 Western Springs concert, Che Fu will perform at Raggamuffin 2011 in Rotorua on February 5.
Che Fu and his band The Kratez are the top New Zealand artists on the bill for the annual event.
Among the international acts is the second youngest of Marley’s 11 children, his son KyMani Marley.
‘‘It was meant to be,’’ said Raggamuffin promoter Andrew McManus.
‘‘We couldn’t have got a more perfect New Zealand artist for the event.’’
Che Fu was also thrilled. Raggamuffin was something he had wanted to do for a long time.
New Zealand’s most celebrated and influential hip-hop artists Che Fu and The Kratez join a huge line-up of international and New Zealand artists at the festival which attracts about 30,000 music lovers annually.
Headlining the event to be held at the Rotorua International Stadium is the queen of R’n’B, American singer, producer, songwriter, actress Mary J Blige.
Joining her are reggae fusion act Maxi Pries, dancehall superstar Sean Paul, The Original Wailers and Jimmy Cliff, a pioneer of Jamaica’s musical culture which brought reggae to the world.
New Zealand will also be represented on the day, with performances from Nesian Mystik, 1814 and Sons of Zion.
McManus said he was excited by the line-up.
‘‘No other event offers such a huge line-up of talent, both international and local.
‘‘We are very proud to have secured Mary J Blige and indeed all other artists. It shows just how important this event has become. It’s one of the biggest events on New Zealand’s calendar and one music fans really look forward to. With a line-up like this, it’s easy to see why.’’
LEGEND: Kiwi hip hop star Che Fu will perform at Raggamuffin next month.