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A crowd the size of Reggae Sumfest came out to the AICHI Reggae Breeze Festival yesterday to see Mavado Saturday night. Thousands and thousands of Japanese Reggae and Dancehall fans flocked to the beach for what can only be described as a cross between Sumfest and Fully Loaded.
Thousands of miles away from home, Jamaican culture was alive and kicking as sound systems pumped out everything from Garnet Silk to Bounty Killer, surrounded by stalls selling Jerk chicken and Ital stew! Japanese Dancehall acts and selectors warmed up the crowd but when Mavado hit the stage the energy level was cosmic. The huge crowd hung on Mavado’s every word and went ballistic from start to finish.
“Its a great feeling to travel so far from Jamaica and be shown so much love from another country,” said a tired Mavado after giving his all at the show. “It shows the power of our music and culture and we need to keep using it and representing it positively. I’m having a great experience in Japan and will definitely be back soon.”
Anger Management Band did another fine job, as well as Flexxx and Chase Cross who were both shown a lot of love from the sea of fans in attendance when called on stage by Gully God.
The final leg of the Reggae Breeze Mavado Tour stops in Kumamoto tonight for the Kyushu Music Festival that is sure to round off the trip on an extreme high.