International reggae artistes are billed to perform in the maiden Nigerian Reggae Festival holding in Awka, Anambra State, south eastern Nigeria which kicks off Dec. 28.
Top stars to perform at the festival include; Simba and Lioness Fonts from the United Kingdom; DJ Silent Killer (United States of America); and Black Nation (French Island of Comoros).
Others are; Africa Roots Connection Band (Kenya); Osagyefo, Fred Kente and Jah Wiza (Ghana); Karamel Singer, Jenifer4 Lou and Black Mojah (Ivory Coast).
Also, Jah Device, B’Clean, Daddy West and the Revolution Band, Big Bob, Spider Man and Layydoe will also be on parade.
Speaking on the event, singer Chidi-Umeh said the Nigerian Reggae Festival was the first of its kind in the country, and a peace concert.
“We want to bring back reggae music to Africa, you know reggae is an instrument to preach peace, love and unity.”
The Okija-Anambra State born and Herman based musician pointed out that reggae music was used in the good old days to fight oppression and injustice.
He noted that the festival was targeted at the youth, who according to him, need to be empowered and re-directed to actualise their true identity and brighter future.
Chidi-Umeh, who is the ambassador of the Nigerian Reggae Festival, noted that the peace concert would be used as a platform to correct certain misconception by members, especially that reggae music is not all about ‘skanking’ and smoking weed.
According to him, reggae music addresses social, political and economic issues, stressing that the importance of the music informed its adoption by United Nations Educational and Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage.