This year, in addition to having a new home for Tribute to the Reggae Legends at the Pavilion at Broadway Pier, WorldBeat Center has added a pre-show. Thursday's event kicks off at 8 p.m. and features the reggae band Midnite, and I-Wayne and Chuck Fenda, who will bring roots and culture vibes as well.
One-drop reggae specialists Midnite will fill the WorldBeat Center with hearty bass, political and spiritual lyrics and a tireless set sure to last more than two hours. Hailing from St. Croix, Midnite is steadily attracting lovers of roots reggae with hits including “Mongst I&I,” “Love the Life You Live” and “Mama Africa.” The Benjamin brothers, Vaughn and Ron, have been mastering their dub and conscious sound since the early '90s.
I-Wayne’s (Cliffroy Taylor) 2004 summer hit, “Can’t Satisfy Her,” became an instant hit with women and received heavy rotation on radio stations, subsequently leading to a record deal with VP Records. The roots-crooner’s debut album, Lava Ground, was well received by reggae fans. His sophomore release, Book of Life, saw a No. 4 debut on the Billboard reggae charts.
Chuck Fenda had great success with “Better Days” and “God Is My Witness.” Dancehall and culture reggae fans ran amuck with his major hit, “I Swear.” Born Leshom Whitehead, the Rastafarian has enthralled audiences with his energetic stage presence. Early in his career, Fenda spawned roots and culture singles such as “Mi See It Clear,” “Badda Badda” and “Lift It Up.” Known for his fight against oppression and suffering, his fans deemed him the Poor People Defender.
Advance tickets for tonight are $15 and $20 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the WorldBeat Center productions.