When the friends of the Association took me to the dressing room he was meditating.
I had to wait about one hour before having the chance to meet him. Afrikan Simba Tukur Anbessa is a real ambassador of Reggae/Dub music and I was honoured that my camera could capture those unique moments before one of his awaited Live.
In Puglia, in the South East of Italy, the Reggae and Dub culture is a true passion and you can often find loads of gigs with Jamaican reggae singers and sound systems.
Afrikan Simba is the founder of “Voice of Africa Radio”, a reggae pirate broadcast. In UK before of this broadcast, few people, David Rodigan, Tony Williams e John Peel, and some African artists, Fela Kuti, were supporting reggae music.
“Voice of Africa” was the first radio for which African people have felt represented for real. After his involvement with the broadcast, where at some points he was in charge in the programming, he started to make music. His music is a very good music, and music continue to be the true pick of Afrikan Simba.
Afrikan Symba told me before starting his performance: “I’m going to communicate messages, not just words and sounds. If you listen to them carefully, you’ll experience full and different feelings”.
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