In 2003, I attended the 25th anniversary of Reggae on the River and witnessed Anthony B (born Keith Anthony Blair) give a reggae music sermon to more than 18,000 fans. Wearing a vest displaying the Senegal flag with a matching staff, the 34-year-old conveyed clearly that he was the teacher and the crowd members were his pupils.
Class resumes Saturday at Sound Wave.
Using his strong, powerful voice, Anthony B sings with a passion and tenacity that has catapulted him into the ranks of leading reggae artists. Anthony B showers his fans with lyrics addressing poverty, equal rights, salvation and redemption, as showcased in his massive hit “Fire Pon Rome.” Other successful tracks -- including, “Raid Di Barn,” “Repentance Time,” “One Thing” and “Rumour” -- have helped to sell out many of Anthony B's concerts.
Like his idols Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, Anthony B creates conscious reggae music, with a strong, Afro-centric emphasis. Embracing the Bobo Ashanti Rastafarian beliefs, Anthony B injects his religious customs into his music. Known for his fierce and high-powered performances, Anthony B will electrify the crowd in Mission Beach with his stage presence.