The sixth annual One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival is ready and set to take place on Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 30, 2014. They have a great three day line up with some amazing headliners that will rock the river setting and bring thousands out to celebrate the Roots Music extravaganza. Among other notables, Etana is on the Sunday night schedule and her soaring voice is enough in itself to make the festival worth a ticket purchase.
Singer Shauna McKenzie chose the name Etana, which means 'the strong one' in Swahili and is an ideal representation of her spirit and her vibe in the music industry. Her work is described as "an audacious fusion of folk, soul, jazz and reggae supporting a powerful vocal range suggestive of the ancestral spirit of South Africa’s Miriam Makeba, the regality of reggae queen Marcia Griffiths and the soulful verve of Etta James."
Etana states, “I looked at how women were being represented in [Jamaican] music and how little girls think that is the way it is supposed to be, and I wanted to be a positive influence and change some of the things they are taught.” Her musical influences are global and touch upon Reggae, Pop, Rock and Jazz; and, although shunning labels she describes "her brand of music as reggae soul." Etana explains that "It is straight from the heart, straight from the soul, straight from the people and everyday life."
Along with Etana, Mykal Rose will close out the One Love festival on Sunday night. Mykal Rose is a legendary figure in the world of Reggae. He has been both a solo artist and lead singer with the Grammy award winning Black Uhuru and "achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity." Rose has a militant, hardcore Jamaican approach to Reggae that is loved by fans around the world. His style is down-to-earth, genuine, and brings people to their feet. Mykal Rose will be a real treat for One Love One Heart visitors this year.
As if these two shining stars aren't enough to make One Love a glorious festival, The Wailing Souls will also perform on Friday night. They have been "producing great music since the 60's. Originally the Renegades, Lloyd "Bread" McDonald and Winston "Pipe" Matthews recorded backing vocals for Ernest Ranglin. Shortly after this they began making big tunes for Sir Coxsone Dodd of Studio One. Some of these recordings are regarded as some of their their best work. A big break in the early 80's brought "Pipe and the Pipers" to Tuff Gong, Bob Marley's label. Solidifying their own style, raw vocals and fat harmonies, combined with a gifted ability to put words to music, The Wailing Souls were able to make music that touched the masses."
And One Love One Heart brings on even more massive talent with Natural Black and Pato Banton performing on Saturday evening. Natural Black is a reggae singer/DJ from Guyana with the birthname Mortimer Softley. After a period of service in the army, he moved to Jamaica to pursue his dream of being a reggae singer. He has had several hits in Jamaica, including “Reality Check” and “Songs With Feeling." Natural Black will bring another authentic Reggae vibe to the One Love festival in the celebration of Roots music from Reggae to Salsa and back to Reggae.
Pato Banton's unique sound and interactive style are sure to make One Love glow with warmth, energy, and good vibes. His music inspires, enchants, rocks the body and the soul. Pato and the Now Generation band really set the stage afire with their enthusiasm, skill and obvious love of the art. Their presence will add more power to the shine of the One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival. For those who haven't made it out, this sixth year lineup is definitely a time to get on the music train and experience the celebration with the many others who look forward to the festival each year! More information and tickets are available at the official One Love One Heart Roots Music Festival website.