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Saltwater Reggae Festival

Hot music, delicious food and a chance to dance the night away under the stars – these are just some of the things to look forward to at the Saltwater Reggae Festival.

Andrew Arthur is the Festival Producer and explains that while reggae’s roots might be elsewhere, it’s still right at home here in the Top End. 

“Reggae was born in Jamaica in the 1960s with greats like Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and the Wailers. It gave a voice to the poor, the oppressed and dispossessed."

Around the world, particularly in America, Europe and Africa, the local peoples idolised the music.

"Saltwater Reggae is a Top End idiosyncrasy, with the Jamaican feel sung in Aboriginal language - in fact, all over the Pacific local peoples have adopted this style as their own and the form has blossomed.”

Featuring the West Papua Dancers with Uncle Hank, Wildwater, Robbie Mills Collective, the Yolngu Bungul Dancers from Elcho Island and introducing the amazing talent of Tez Gore – the festival celebrates the unique local flavours of reggae music, with help from our island neighbours.

The festival is also excited to present PNG reggae sensation Justin Wellington, whose music has taken the Pacific by storm. With his unique blend of reggae pop, R&B, dancehall and island music, and inspired by his travels across North America and South-East Asia, Wellington makes music with influences as diverse as traditional Solomon Islands tunes, country and western, and old New Orleans folk songs. 

Supported by an array of diverse local talent, the Saltwater Reggae Festival is the perfect way to add a cool island breeze to a sweaty Saturday afternoon in the Build Up.

Sat 21 Oct | 4pm-midnight | PINT Club, Mararra | $20 | $10 Conc |

Image: Wildwater


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