Entertainment of 2014-08-21

The 'Story Untold' of the Salaga Soldier, Blakk Rasta

Ghana's premier reggae dub poet and radio personality, Blakk Rasta, left the shores of this country to tour the Americas with his latest album, 'Ancestral Moonsplash', which in itself has usurped seven whooping nominations at the 2014 Bass Awards.

The extremely controversial Pan Africanist seems to be at the helm of international action according to reports reaching us from Canada and the USA.

Blakk Rasta became the first African booked for Canada's biggest reggae festival, JAMBANA. He played alongside world renowned artistes such as Cocoa Tea, Mighty Sparrow and a host of others at the over twenty thousand crowd at the Markham Fair Grounds where the annual festival was held.

At about 7pm when the Salaga Soljah was introduced by MC Luther Brown of Chry FM, the crowd wondered what he had to offer. His hard-hitting Moonsplash reggae immediately captivated the wet audience having been beaten by the summer rain for four hours.

The crowd carefully listened to Blakk Rasta, danced and shouted as the artiste interspersed his performance with African history and commentary regretting Ghana was on the verge of going for a bailout from the IMF despite being blessed with gold, diamond et cetera.

Blakk Rasta touched a raw nerve when he performed his mysterious hit, Zantan Bua, the goat dance. He told the history of the song and jumped into action. The crowd screamed, danced and rocked.

The Salaga Soljah knew when to come off the stage after the allotted 35-minute set. Nevertheless, he was called back when the crowd screamed for more. He came back for an encore and continued with the goat dance before making way for Cocoa Tea to finish the slaughter with hits like Rikers Island, Barack Obama and others.

Blakk Rasta went down in history as the first Ghanaian superstar artiste in recent times to land an encore on a huge international stage and, Canadian newspapers attested to this by the several rave reviews the Ghanaian Moonsplash reggae legend had.

A post-interview by Blakk Rasta thanked the organizers for the opportunity and the fans who cheered him on even in the rain. He said organizers had confirmed him again for the next edition of JAMBANA and that, he was more than ready to make mincemeat of yet another challenge on a gargantuan international stage.

Blakk Rasta updated his facebook page by saying he recorded a new song in Canada called, 'Story Untold' (Charan Charan) which he describes as 'monster hit'.

The tour continues as he plays America's biggest festival, LABOR DAY, slated for 28th August at the Bronx Museum. He is also slated for performances in Jamaica, Belize, Guyana, Trinidad, Morocco, Gambia and Zanzibar.

It appears that the Moonsplash reggae fever, which is a unique fusion of reggae, African dances and sounds created by Zapp Mallet and Blakk Rasta, is sweeping through all these venues like the wild harmattan fire.

Source: Flex Newspaper
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