Turbulence welcomed to reggae capitals - Germany, France - MoBay performance follows four-month overseas stint

May 15, 2017
Turbulence

WESTERN BUREAU:

After a four-month sojourn in Zimbabwe, South Africa, France and Germany, Sheldon 'Turbulence' Campbell said how massive the music made famous by Bob Marley had become in Zimbabwe and Africa in general. He was, however, concerned that even with its extraordinary evolution; the people who created it do not appreciate it.

Giving an example of a recent trip to Germany and France, Turbulence said he was shocked when he was asked, how it felt to be in reggae capital. "That was news to me. But, they seem to love reggae more than us Jamaicans," he stated.

"We have the music, the vibe, but we refuse to cherish it," he pointed out. He added: "Look at the people who are embracing it wholeheartedly the visitors to our country".

He made a cameo appearance at RIU Reggae in Montego Bay, St James, the reggae artiste performing for guests at the resort two Thursdays ago. He went going on stage with steelpan band the Silver Bird Orchestra, a regular at the resort. Turbulence told The STAR he was on vacation at the resort. However, his relationship with Silver Bird allowed him access to centre stage.

The reggae artiste known for X-Girlfriend, The Future and Notorious, said at one of the reggae festivals in France he and his band were the only black group on stage. "All the other reggae bands were European or whites from elsewhere," he said, adding that Jamaica has the expertise and is not doing enough to embrace reggae's authenticity.

His short performance at the resort was well-received,. Silver Bird bringing high energy to the entertainment package.

It will go down in the minds of guests as an extra special treat.

Janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com

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