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Steel Pulse: Big Up New Year's Eve
Nkula, Zedicus and Abyssinia Roots
1215 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Doors 7:30 PM
"STEEL PULSE may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy – Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.
“We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political manoeuvre for someone, at some stage”, Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially the black communities right now”.
STEEL PULSE have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York."
A heartical drumbeat combined with deep bass grooves and a sweet skank guide Nkula’s listeners to that special place that only reggae lovers know and adore. However, it is the bands lyrical message of peace, love, and unity that brings true meaning to Nkula’s music and the common reggae adage “Word, Sound, & Power.” Formed in early 2017, Nkula is quickly gaining steam in the Washington, D.C. area. The band is led by “Ras Abel” Mekonnen, who hails from Ethiopia and brings more than 20 years of professional music experience to the group.
Zedicus and Abyssinia Roots
Zedicus and Abyssinia Roots is a DMV based group that has been active in the area for the past 15 years. The members hail from Ethiopia, the Caribbean and Europe, making for a truly international sound comprising elements of reggae, jazz, rock, and Ethiopian music.
The group has performed across the United States in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Dallas, and in a number of countries abroad. They have opened for numerous major artists such as Steel Pulse, Third World, Israel Vibration and Stephen Marley. In addition, Zedicus has backed up Maxi Priest and HR in concert, and recorded with SOJA.
Show starts at 8:30 PM