Djedje honoured for his contribution to reggae music
Tshwane popular reggae artist, Carlos Djedje, widely known as The Father of Reggae Music in Africa, has been honoured by the government of Jamaica for his contribution to the genre.
Djedje was honoured by the civic affairs and community relations office of the St Ann municipal corporation during his visit to Jamaica recently.
He had travelled to Jamaica on invitation by the office of the ministry of culture, gender, entertainment and sports.
Djedje was among the scores of invited guests during Jamaica’s national heritage month celebrations observed throughout October.
Speaking to Rekord on his return on Tuesday, Djedje said he felt honoured to be recognised by the government of Jamaica.
“The visit to Jamaica was a fulfilment of a lifelong dream to visit the birthplace of reggae music and to pay special tribute to the country’s first national hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey,” he said.
During his stay, he managed to visit the graves of Bob Marley and Garvey where he laid wreaths to honour the two legends.
To celebrate the award, Djedje will host a homecoming show at the Saulsville arena on December 16.
He will share the stage with some of the big name artists such as Colbert Mukwevho, Tidal Waves, Tlokwe Sehume, Ras Africa, Lucky Dube band, Rostilava Pashkevitch (from Russia), Mainline Ngobeni, Orthodox Pebetse and many others.
Some of his early albums include No Apartheid, Remember When, and Ahoy Africa.
The singer had the opportunity to perform on stage alongside Peter Tosh in Swaziland in December 1983.
Since the fall of apartheid in the early 1990s, Djedje – now in his 60s – has remained steadfast in his belief, going about the task of educating and liberating through reggae music.
Article by David Matsena
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