SOUTH African reggae artiste Carlos Djedje, widely known as The Father of Reggae Music in Africa, will be among the scores of overseas guests scheduled for this year's National Heritage Month Celebration to be observed throughout the month of October.
“The visit to Jamaica will be the 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.
Djedje,calong with his friend Colbert Harley Mukwevho, were the first to record and perform reggae music on stage in South Africa in the early 1970s at a time when that country was under Apartheid rule.
Some of his early albums included 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 — continues to remain active in his music and goes about his task to educate and liberate through reggae music.