Reggae Geel 2017 – Love, Unity & Good Vibes!
“LOVE, UNITY & GOOD VIBES!”
Including the names of veterans like Glen Washington, Capleton aka King Shango, Maxi Priest, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru (Michael Rose & Duckie Simpson), The Silvertones (Keith Coley, Joel ‘Kush’ Brown & Anthony Fuertado), The Heptones (Earl Morgan, Robert Dacres & Carlton Scarlett); upcoming & current stars such as Christopher Martin, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Iba Mahr and Jah Cure; young budding talents like Hempress Sativa, Runkus, Royal Blu, Raging Fyah, EarthKry, Poetic Pilgrimage and Blvk H3ro; dancehall rulers Bay-C, Aidonia, Tanto Blacks, Ricky Trooper, and Soul Supreme plus roots & dub luminaries such as Gussie P, Channel One UK, Blood Shanti, Word Sound & Power, Mafia & Fluxy and Jah Youth, the line up definitely merited an R rating.
The Yard stage has established itself as the place to be for those looking for interesting lesser known acts and aspiring newcomers in the reggae arena (and beyond). Last year the fantastic Hempolics delivered one of the best and most appealing shows of the 38th edition, while two years before No-Maddz impressed with a remarkable performance. And now it was Hempress Sativa who totally rocked the sing along crowd in front of her. For those who attended her performance, Hempress Sativa (expertly backed by her band with bassie Devon Bradshaw and guitarist Ian ‘Beezy’ Coleman) was the brightest shining star of the first festival day.
After all those years, Steel Pulse finally debuted at Reggae Geel. The Grammy award-winning reggae band with founding members David ‘Dread’ Hinds and Selwyn ‘Bumbo’ Brown didn’t disappoint – due to returning to the essence of their roots sound. They put a lot of energy in their set and got a lot of approval from the crowd with songs such as “Steppin’ Out”, “Macka Splaff”, “Bodyguard”, and “Drug Squad”.