Though the Lowcountry may be a few latitudes north of the Caribbean, the sprightly ping of steel drums and other island sounds specific to reggae music can be heard year round in our locale. Three bands at the vanguard of the “irie” movement keep the flavor fresh and vibrant.
Da’ Gullah Rootz
Lead vocalist General Top Rank’n Geecheeman is on a mission to bring the roots, rock, and culture of dub, reggae, ska, and dancehall to South Carolina. Look for the band at MOJA and other area festivals.
CDs: Red Eye, Living Roots Vol. 1, & Right Cha
Online: www.dagullahrootz.com, www.myspace.com/dagullahrootz
Live: November 7 & December 15 at Chai’s, November 12 at Jimbo’s Rock Lounge, November 19 at Captain Dave’s in Murrell’s Inlet, & December 17 at Buffalo South
Comprised of former Dub Island Soundsystem members minus Ras Dave, The Dubplates punch up traditional reggae with a livelier tempo, blending dancehall music with a progressive electronic edge. Catch them in the area gigging regularly.
Live: November 6 at the Mount Pleasant Beer Fest at Mellow Mushroom & November 7 at Reggae on Shem Creek
With roots in Jamaica dating back to 1992, bandleader Ric Williams named the group for a classic Bob Marley song, befitting a troupe that preaches the same gospel of love, unity, and peace for all mankind.