Open The Gate proudly presents a full day & night of events:
The African Market in the afternoon reknown Design and Arts Fair family event, followed by a 'Reggae Special' in the evening with documentary screening and Live music.
REGGAE SPECIAL - Fundraiser Night
FEAT. documentary screening 'Legacy In The Dust' the story of the Four Aces by Winstan Whitter
The screening will be followed by a world-class Live band on stage :
AFRIKAN SIMBA & THE MOA AMBESSA BAND : African Reggae
(Doors open at 8pm / showtime at 8.30pm)
About Legacy In The Dust
In the 1960’s Mr. Newton Dunbar came to the UK from Jamaica and founded the first Reggae-oriented music venue’s called ‘The Four Aces Club’, which for some 33 years was home to the most influential black music and musicians to date.It showcased new music genre’s like; Reggae, Ska ,Jazz and Soul performed at the time by artists like Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff, Count Shelly, Ann Peebles, Percy Sledge, Ben E King Billy Ocean and many others. This gave the club authenticity to attract artists like The Clash, Chrissie Hynde, Bob Marley, The Slits, Sex Pistols, Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan who were heavily influenced by the infectious pulsating rhythms! It pioneered the early indoor Rave scene during the days of Acid House music in the middle 80’s. Despite its success it came under fire from the local Police and was forced to close its doors in the late 90’s due to a compulsory re- possession ordered by the local Authorities to make way for the regeneration in Hackney for the fourth coming Olympics in 2012.
About AFRIKAN SIMBA & The Moa Ambessa Band
Hailing from Nigeria, award winning artist Afrikan Simba is one of the leading MC's in London, having worked with top sound systems such as Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti and Channel One. He has also recorded with the likes of Jah Warrior, Zion Train, Dub Judah, King Dubbist and runs his own ‘Ayamba’ record label, based in Jamaica. Whenever he takes up the mic, whether live or in the studio, a flow of conscious, spiritual and uplifting lyrics are guaranteed.
The Moa Ambessa Band is resident in London and backs the leading singer Afrikan Simba in his live performances.