By Sanna Camara
Promoters have billed some of Jamaica’s top reggae artists such as SizzlaKalonji, Mutabaruka and Jah Cure, as well as soulful United States singer Erykah Badu to perform at the 11th anniversary of the Roots Homecoming Festival in Gambia next month.
The festival, which began in 2003, has already been famous for attracting big names. In addition to the impressive line-up, the festival’s itinerary is also very tight as activities such as African king and queen banquet, a carnival procession of masquerades and cultural groups, and a masquerade ball will add to the ambience of the festivities.
There will also be a tribute to legendary reggae artiste Bob Marley.
Patrons are asked to wear white to celebrate the day dedicated to Marley. Titled the Reggae Beach Festival, the event will celebrate the life and legacy of the famous Marley and will include Senegalese wrestling, as well as a music sound-off between Gambian and UK deejays.
The festival, organised by the Gambian Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, serves as a connecting point for Africans and those in the diaspora.