The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2011 announced the first dozen artists confirmed to perform at the festival’s 18th annual gathering taking place June 17-19 at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds located in Boonville, California.
Although the festival’s name uses the term world music, it is primarily a reggae festival. The initial artists include Kora from Aotearoa (New Zealand). This band consists of 5 Maori, four of whom are brothers, who will be bringing their brand of kiwi dub to Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
Hailing from the Punjab region of northern India, by way of Santa Cruz, comes the vibrant sounds of Rupa & The April Fishes who combine Argentine tango, Gypsy swing, American folk and Latin cumbias with Indian ragas.
This year’s reggae will include legendary artists Steel Pulse, Toots & The Maytals , Horace Andy and Pablo Moses. Also scheduled to perform are Santa Barbara’s Rebelution who have ascended to the forefront of the Cali-Reggae scene.
The preliminary lineup also includes two of Jamaica’s fastest rising stars: reggae and dancehall sensation I-Octane along with Romain Virgo , a young man with an incredible voice. Collie Buddz , who hails from the isle of Bermuda, will grace the festival with his singjay style backed by The New Kingston Band. St. Lucia’s Taj Weekes & Adowa will be returning to Boonville with his thought-provoking reggae songs.
Rounding out the initial announcement of artists is Indubious, Southern Oregon’s intergalactic reggae revolutionaries.
Sierra Nevada World Music Festival includes 2 stages, an authentic ‘late-night’ Jamaican dancehall, international arts & crafts, a massive food court and an extensive schedule of children’s activities.
A limited number of discounted ‘Early-Bird’ Tickets to SNWMF 2011 are available online and via mail order through February 28th or until all Early Bird tickets are sold, whichever comes first. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Limited on-site camping is also available for festival goers. The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival typically features dozens of the finest reggae and world music bands, and 2011 will be no exception, as many addition artists will be added in the coming months.
For additional information, log onto www.snwmf.com , or call the hotline at (916) 777-5550.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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