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Friday, Aug. 18, 2006



Reggae Sunsplash in Japan 2006


When & where: Reggae Sunsplash in Japan 2006 takes place this Saturday, Aug. 19 at Yokohama Shinko Pier Bayside Stage in Yokohama. Doors open at noon, show starts at 2 p.m.

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Freddie MacGregor (left) and Jimmy Cliff

Inside track: After an eight year hiatus, Reggae Sunsplash returns to Tokyo. "Reggae" has been a blanket musical term since the early 1960s, covering multiple genres of Jamaican music that share varying degrees of similarity. The organizers of Reggae Sunsplash Japan have done a good job arranging a sample platter of some of the more popular representatives of several styles.

Crowd: There's a pretty even mix of dancehall, soca, and reggae music lined up, so expect a wide variety of high-energy dance enthusiasts there for the big bass (and Mr. Boombastic himself, Shaggy), and more refined reggae fans hoping to get a little taste of real roots rocksteady.

Big names: Freddie MacGregor's enormous contribution to reggae as an artist and producer, and Jimmy Cliff's many manifestations make them both living legends, but for the younger crowds Shaggy and his partner Rayvon are probably the most recognized names. That said, each of the seven performers has had major hits and is likely to draw his own particular crew.

Don't miss: Jimmy Cliff. This dynamic artist has been to so many musical places in his long career that it's impossible to anticipate what he's got in store for this Saturday.

Be prepared to: Feel some serious bass. If you're down in the free standing area, also be prepared to shake a leg -- it's all in the knees -- for the whole event.

Damage: Free standing area: 9,000 yen in advance, 9,500 yen at the door. Seats (what for?): 10,000 yen in advance, and 11,000 yen at the door.

Getting there: Take the Minato Mirai Line from Yokohama Station to Bashimichi Station, Exit 4. For more information call (045) 671-9911.

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