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Female Reggae Artists At ROTR 2016

Female Reggae Artists At ROTR 2016

When it comes to women in the reggae genre, the number of notable names are few but significant. This year’s Reggae on the River is set to welcome those significant voices when it opens on August 4 in Garberville.

“She’s one of the most interesting new performers in the genre and a bonafide chart-topper in her home country of France,” said festival organizer and Mateel Community Center Manager Justin Crellin in describing Fatoumata Diawara. “And it’s her first time here.”

Crellin explained that the festival is happy to have so many female reggae performers on the line-up this year, but wishes for more.

Reggae on the River is a 32-year-old tradition running the first weekend of August in Garberville’s French Camp area. This year the festival has a robust schedule with performances from late morning to early morning running August 4 to 7.

Joining Diawara — whose debut album hit No.1 on the European charts in 2011 — are fellow female reggae performers Jah9 (with The Dub Treatment), special guest Keida, not to mention the many women who are a part of the ensemble acts, like Kyla Rose, the co-lead vocalist of local band The Dubba Dubs.

But perhaps the most noteable female performer on the line-up for the festival is Grammy-nominated Sister Carol.

Jamaica’s Sister Carol, known in the reggae community as “Black Cinderella” or “Mother Culture,” is one of the Sunday afternoon legacy acts not to be missed at Reggae on the River. Sister Carol’s music has always been a lightning rod for other female performers in Reggae. She has infused her sounds with social awareness and messages of justice and humanity for all. She has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, to name only a few TV stints. When not changing the world through reggae music, Sister Carol has acted in feature films “Something Wild,” “Married to the Mob” and “Rachel is Getting Married,” each directed by Academy Award winning Director Jonathan Demme.

Sister Carol is on the main stage at Reggae on the River on Sunday, August 7 at 3:30 p.m.

For a full rundown of all of the acts scheduled for Reggae on the River, go to: www.reggaeontheriver.com.

Next week, we’ll take a closer look at the many community groups who benefit when Reggae on the River comes to town.

Reggae141.com 2016