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Marley meets Hendrix

Cassie Pence

“Open up your minds, open up your hearts, don’t turn back on a natural fact… It’s about love, not about hate,” or so Djate sings on “Children of Innocence,” a song which won a finalist spot in the world-wide John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2003.Djate spins social consciousness around at State Bridge today at 7 p.m. with his original reggae songs. His lyrics are thoughtful, heavily rooted in traditional reggae which has always been a vehicle for social activism. Djate is best known as the lead guitarist for the legendary band Culture; but this was merely one of many projects the prolific musician has been involved in.

Djate was born on the West Indian Island of Dominica. He moved to the United States in 1977, and has done stints with a long list of reggae names, including Dennis Brown, Leroy Sibbles, Gregory Isaacs, Mighty Diamond and U Roy. He’s also opened for Third World, The Wailers, Damian Marley, Black Uhuru and Pablo Moses.His sound incorporates a heavy bass and drum line, upon which he weaves his guitar. It’s progressive roots reggae. Wendy Kale of the Colorado Daily described it as such: “Just think of Bob Marley meeting Jimi Hendrix, and you’ll get the gist of this band – socially conscious songs that rock.”

In addition to Djate (lead vocals, guitars), the band is James Hambleton (lead guitars), Luke Goodwin (drums) and Ben Reich (bass). Island rootsDjate

Today, 7 p.m.State Bridge Lodge in Bond


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