Macka B

Recognized as one of Britain's most legendary and influential influential dancehall toasters, Macka B has used his music to push dancehall back towards Rastafarian political consciousness, while bringing elements from other branches of the reggae tree like roots, dub and lovers rock. With a career spanning nearly four decades, Macka B has built a career on his insanely unique delivery and stage presence, and a voice unlike few others on this planet. Macka's voice is rich, emotive and able to downright wondrous things with cadence and timing, gentleness and ferocity.

The music on his massive output of albums displays an uncanny ability to move between serious and more lighthearted subject matter in his music. Earlier albums like the landmark Sign of the Times (1986) and Looks are Deceiving (1988) are marked by dark political undertones with a constant eye on the struggle and strife of everyday life. Though his consciousness and commitment to recognizing and relieving struggle has hardly waned, much of his later work is rooted in less large-scale political matters, focusing instead on the smaller matters of community and self. His on-going “Medical Mondays” web series where he shares his ever-growing knowledge of bodily health and veganism (Of which he is an adherent) spawned a surprise smash hit when his raps on the health benefits of cucumbers (Appropriately titled “Cucumba”) went viral, racking up over a million views. His latest album, Health is Wealth, expands on the health through diet ideals and melds them with traditional reggae themes like peace, African heritage, and political resistance. Like all great reggae voices, Macka B makes music of love, music for the people of the streets and of the farms.

Shows

at Ship Point (Inner Harbour)
Sat. June 22nd 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM
$45 - $55 Advance Ticket Info
Our big Saturday on our main stage at Ship Point is an ode to the incredible influence of Jamaican rooted music as we celebrate not only reggae, but hip-hop and big bass electronic music that was pioneered by the soundsystems of Jamaica. To celebrate a quarter century of Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival, we are honoured to welcome one of hip-hop’s most conscious and hard-hitting acts, DEAD PREZ. Not only does this mark the festival debut of Dead Prez, but marks the duo’s first show in Canada in over a decade. Since the release of their landmark debut album “Let’s Get Free” in 2000, Dead Prez has been recognized as one of hip-hop’s most important acts – balancing hard thumping beats with an unwavering dedication to tackling an endless array of politically pressing issues pertaining to the Black community. MCs Sticman and M1 have proven time and time again – on Dead Prez releases and their numerous guest appearances – that they are among the quickest, smartest, most dedicated political MCs this side of Chuck D (Public Enemy). This is sure to be one of the most powerful, unforgettable hip-hop shows Victoria has seen in quite some time.

Bringing the straight reggae goodness on the bill is our dear friend, UK reggae icon MACKA B & THE ROOTS RAGGA BAND. After nearly four decades, Macka B is recognized as true soldier of reggae, spreading the words of love, unity and resistance against the forces that would try to stop us from realizing that love and unity. Through his remarkable output of records and his popular ongoing web series “Wha Me Eat,” Macka B has carved out a wholly unique place in the world of reggae. His last Victoria appearances left a huge mark on our audiences and we cannot wait to see what him and The Roots Ragga Band bring us under the open sky at the Inner Harbour. Also joining us from the UK on this jam-packed Saturday bill is reggae bass outfit MUNGO’S HI-FI, who will be coming with powerful vocalist MARINA P. There might be no act in the UK doing more to both preserve and push forward big bass reggae music. Their dedication to blending the sounds of Jamaica’s past with new ideas and energy has made them one of the biggest crossover acts in Europe, bringing fans of classic Jamaican music and modern electronic bass together in dancefloor revelry. We're stoked to welcome Victoria’s own ultra smooth R&B/hip-hop blending machine, BLASÉ BLASÉ, who will be laying down their silky grooves and effortlessly cool vocals to bring some serious west coast style to the proceedings. Make sure to get down to Ship Point early for PAINT THE TOWN RED ft. W̱SÁNEĆ ŚW̱ELO₭E, who will be performing a powerful set of Indigenous hip-hop to get the day's live performances started off right. Longtime allies TANK GYAL and DJ AREMS will also be on hand to warm up the system and keep people’s feet moving between bands with the best in reggae, dancehall, hip-hop and more. Join us for the penultimate Ship Point throwdown of our landmark 25th Anniversary!