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

Tofino Community Hall
Thu. March 30th 19:30
$29.50 - $35
We are so excited to kick off spring and the Road to Victoria's 24th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival as we welcome back to the west coast a true titan of reggae music, MACKA B & THE ROOTS RAGGA BAND, for a very special run of shows. One of the most legendary toasters in reggae music for nearly four decades, Macka B has used his incredibly unique voice and powerful music to to push dancehall music back to Rastafarian consciousness, while tending to other branches of the reggae tree like dub, roots reggae and lovers rock. Macka B possesses one of the richest voices in reggae music, balancing gentleness and ferocity in every performance. His vast, expansive catalogue of records stands as a testament to his massive lyrical prowess, displaying a remarkable ability to move between serious and more lighthearted subject matter in a way few other artists can. His ongoing “Medical Mondays” series on YouTube, promoting health and wellness, has brought him to a whole new audience outside the reggae world. With a stage presence to match his legendary output, Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band always put on a special show that all music lovers, not just reggae heads, are sure to enjoy.

Joining Macka B for this run of shows is one of the west coasts shining stars of reggae, CALEB HART, who will be bringing his friends to back him and his very special guest, reggae songstress, Jônelle. One of the coolest, most dynamic voices on the coast, Trinidad & Tobago native Hart can shift between gorgeously smooth lover's reggae to grimy dancehall vocals seemingly in the blink of an eye. A keen, sharp songwriter, Caleb Hart sings songs of love, struggle, joy and pain – in short, Caleb Hart is a captial-R Reggae soldier. It doesn't take long to see why Hart quickly became such a revered, in-demand musical voice on the west coast. He and his band will be joined by singer, songwriter, producer Jônelle for a very special collaborative performance, highlighting the incredible strengths of both artists and showing how strong Canadian reggae is. Come join us as we celebrate the immense power of reggae music with these very special shows!

Rickshaw Theatre
Fri. March 31st 20:00
$26.50 - $32.50
We are so excited to kick off spring and the Road to Victoria's 24th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival as we welcome back to the west coast a true titan of reggae music, MACKA B & THE ROOTS RAGGA BAND, for a very special run of shows. One of the most legendary toasters in reggae music for nearly four decades, Macka B has used his incredibly unique voice and powerful music to to push dancehall music back to Rastafarian consciousness, while tending to other branches of the reggae tree like dub, roots reggae and lovers rock. Macka B possesses one of the richest voices in reggae music, balancing gentleness and ferocity in every performance. His vast, expansive catalogue of records stands as a testament to his massive lyrical prowess, displaying a remarkable ability to move between serious and more lighthearted subject matter in a way few other artists can. His ongoing “Medical Mondays” series on YouTube, promoting health and wellness, has brought him to a whole new audience outside the reggae world. With a stage presence to match his legendary output, Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band always put on a special show that all music lovers, not just reggae heads, are sure to enjoy.

Joining Macka B for this run of shows is one of the west coasts shining stars of reggae, CALEB HART, who will be bringing his friends to back him and his very special guest, reggae songstress, Jônelle. One of the coolest, most dynamic voices on the coast, Trinidad & Tobago native Hart can shift between gorgeously smooth lover's reggae to grimy dancehall vocals seemingly in the blink of an eye. A keen, sharp songwriter, Caleb Hart sings songs of love, struggle, joy and pain – in short, Caleb Hart is a captial-R Reggae soldier. It doesn't take long to see why Hart quickly became such a revered, in-demand musical voice on the west coast. He and his band will be joined by singer, songwriter, producer Jônelle for a very special collaborative performance, highlighting the incredible strengths of both artists and showing how strong Canadian reggae is. Come join us as we celebrate the immense power of reggae music with these very special shows!

@  The Wicket Hall
Sat. April 1st 18:30 - 22:00
$26.50 - $29.95
We are so excited to kick off spring and the Road to Victoria's 24th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival as we welcome back to the west coast a true titan of reggae music, MACKA B & THE ROOTS RAGGA BAND, for a very special run of shows. One of the most legendary toasters in reggae music for nearly four decades, Macka B has used his incredibly unique voice and powerful music to to push dancehall music back to Rastafarian consciousness, while tending to other branches of the reggae tree like dub, roots reggae and lovers rock. Macka B possesses one of the richest voices in reggae music, balancing gentleness and ferocity in every performance. His vast, expansive catalogue of records stands as a testament to his massive lyrical prowess, displaying a remarkable ability to move between serious and more lighthearted subject matter in a way few other artists can. His ongoing “Medical Mondays” series on YouTube, promoting health and wellness, has brought him to a whole new audience outside the reggae world. With a stage presence to match his legendary output, Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band always put on a special show that all music lovers, not just reggae heads, are sure to enjoy.

Joining Macka B for this run of shows is one of the west coasts shining stars of reggae, CALEB HART, who will be bringing his friends to back him and his very special guest, reggae songstress, Jônelle. One of the coolest, most dynamic voices on the coast, Trinidad & Tobago native Hart can shift between gorgeously smooth lover's reggae to grimy dancehall vocals seemingly in the blink of an eye. A keen, sharp songwriter, Caleb Hart sings songs of love, struggle, joy and pain – in short, Caleb Hart is a captial-R Reggae soldier. It doesn't take long to see why Hart quickly became such a revered, in-demand musical voice on the west coast. He and his band will be joined by singer, songwriter, producer Jônelle for a very special collaborative performance, highlighting the incredible strengths of both artists and showing how strong Canadian reggae is. Come join us as we celebrate the immense power of reggae music with these very special shows!