Che thrilled to play at feast of reg­gae

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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