The Rivertones, “Cape Town’s most loved Reggae band”, also perform internationally with their upbeat, skanking, joyful, old school reggae sound and their message of “one love” and were invited by the government of Madagascar to perform at awareness concerts across the island. Founder member, Roland Nair, who made his stage debut at the age of 12, has performed in 15 countries to capacity crowds of 75,000 with the likes of Bob Marley’s band, The Wailers. The Rivertones will be back at The Drama Factory, with an additional icon, Eddy Grant, they will be paying tribute to, apart from Bob Marley & UB40.
The Rivertones’ show will feature Bob Marley Reggae favourites like “Redemption Song”, “Three Little Birds”, “One Love”, “Is This Love”, “No Woman No Cry”, “Stir It Up”, “Buffalo Soldier”, “Could You Be Loved”, “Get Up Stand Up” and “Jamming”, popular UB40 songs like “Kingston Town”, “Red Red Wine”, “Can’t Help Falling In Love”, “Cherry Oh Baby”, “Stick by Me”, “One in Ten”, “Homely Girl” and “Rat in the Kitchen”, and Eddy Grant hits like, “”Electric Avenue”, “I Don’t Wanna Dance”, ”Do You Feel My Love” & “Hope Jo’anna”, amongst other reggae songs.
A show not to be missed! This is reggae at its best!
Bob Marley, one of the most transcendent and inspirational musicians of all time, is the face of reggae music for many people and his smooth songs are an ever-present force in the soundtrack of life.
English Pop-reggae band, UB40, formed in December 1978, achieved considerable international success. They were nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album four times and in 1984 were nominated for the Brit Award for Best British group. The band has more than 50 singles in the UK Singles Chart and has sold over 70 million records worldwide. Their first number one U.K. hit, “Red Red Wine” was performed at a Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert and it went all the way to the top. The group’s biggest hit was a Top 30 cover of Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” and they scored a huge hit in America with Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and a major hit in the U.K. when their version of “Swing Low” with the multi-cultural choir United Colours of Sound became the official anthem for the 2003 English Rugby team. In 2018 they celebrated their 40-year-career with a concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Eddy Grant, a Guyanese-British singer-songwriter and musician, was the founding member of The Equals, one of the U.K.’s first racially integrated pop groups. He also pioneered the genre, ringbang, which envelops all the rhythms that originated from Africa, so that they become one, defying all geographical boundaries. His music includes other genres like reggae rock, pop, electro-pop, funk, disco, calypso and soca. Eddy suffered a heart attack and collapsed lung in 1971, leading to his departure from The Equals to concentrate on production, after opening his own studio. His hit song, “Do You Feel My Love”, was on the UK Top 10 in 1980, and while being based in Barbados in 1982, he released his 2 biggest solo hits, “I Don’t Wanna Dance” & “Electric Avenue”, which went plantinum and reached No. 2 in the UK and the US. In 1988 his anti-apartheid single, “Gimme Hope Jo’anna” was a No.7 hit in the UK. Grant’s Blue Wave Studio was used by The Rolling Stones, Sting, Sir Cliff Richard and Elvis Costello. In 2000 Eddy Grant organised the Ringbang Celebration Festival in Tobago and in 2001, a remix of “Electric Avenue” reached no. 5 in the UK. In 2008, Grant performed at Nelson Mandela’s 90thbirthday concert and in 2016, it was announced that he would receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the government of Guyana