Two years ago while surfing the internet, I discovered a reggae sound-system by the name of Kebra Ethiopia, who was based in South Africa. Their unique style of “selecting” drew me in immediately… and the Zulu infused Skanking that accompanied their fiery selections made the experience even more interested.
Two years later, I booked a trip to South Africa and set out to find Kebra Ethiopia and experience them in real time. I contacted Doc Inity, the main selector on the sound, via Instagram and we exchanged numbers. I agreed to meet up at a Soweto Street party, but unfortunately I arrived a bit later than planned and missed him.
However I was able to secure some good herbs (big up Joint Pusher) and I took in the authentic street vibes. NOTHING IS BETTER THAN REGGAE IN THE GHETTO. This is where it is from… the streets. To see an entire community out in unity enjoying reggae… it was the height of my trip to SA. The steppas were on board, the herbs was blazing, the vibes were flowing. THIS IS REGGAE, I thought a few times that night… real reggae.
I met a young woman by the name of Starr Zulu (shown above) who was very knowledgable about the reggae scene and offered to be my guide. So we exchanged info and are currently planning for my return in December. For those who say “REGGAE IS DEAD” in South Africa… NO it isn’t. Its very much alive, but you will have to go to the ghetto to find it. Stay tuned, I will return SA.