Reggae dance party scheduled for Nanaimo this week – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Nanaimo reggae fans are excited to dance indoors again and are hosting a concert to celebrate.

The Nanaimo Reggae Massive is hosting Skankin’ Sweet: a party to celebrate the return of dance on April 2 at the Queen’s Hotel. Caleb Hart, Jonelle and RebeLstoke will be on stage.

“Skankin” in the Jamaican sense means dancing to ska or reggae music,” reads a press release promoting the event. “It first emerged in the 1960s in Jamaica as a dance craze that had specific moves that accompanied ska music, the popular music of Jamaica at the time, and a predecessor genre of reggae.”

Hart is originally from Trinidad and Tobago but now lives on Vancouver Island and is “a mainstay of the BC reggae scene,” the statement said.

“Caleb is known for his high-energy performances and incredible improvisation that make every show unique,” the statement said.

Jonelle is a Jamaican-Canadian singer-songwriter who lives in Vancouver and the upcoming gig will be her first appearance at Queen’s.

“His style reflects his love of reggae, afrobeats, hip hop and jazz,” the statement noted.

RebeLstoke, also based in Vancouver, is a reggae band led by bassist and vocalist Jonah Ocean. “In addition to their musical quality, the band are known for often paying homage to reggae legends Bob Marley…and others with their solid repertoire of covers,” the statement read.

RebeLstoke will support Hart and Jonelle during their performances.

WHAT’S THIS… Skankin’ Sweet: A Reggae Party for the Return of Dance with RebeLstoke featuring Caleb Hart and Jonelle on April 2 at Queen’s. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $20 on http://eventbrite.ca and at the door.


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