Black Rebels, a key ingredient of the Valley reggae and cultural scene for more than a generation, will perform at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Saturday, February 5th at 10PM in celebration of Bob Marley’s birthday which is the next day(2/6/1945). Emmanuel Manou and Kalpana Devi first joined creative forces performing, recording, composing, and touring together in the well known and respected band, Black Rebels in 1994. They completed 4 full albums between ’94 and 2011, and released many singles including, “Free Mumia” and countless EP's and acoustic works. They toured West Africa in 1998 and 2007 and have toured extensively across the U.S. They've played major festivals and opened for all the greats in reggae including Damien Marley in the same year he won his Grammy for best reggae artist. They've inspired a devoted, growing fan base in the region where they reside, and across the U.S. and in West Africa.
Their sound is deeply rhythmic, contemporary, seasoned, raw, natural, urban. Their voices invoke, mesmerizing, transformative incantation and catapult into expansive, universal, completely original themes and timbres.
The Rebels say, “Our intention is to continue establishing our family and our collective work as a cultural hub and mission for global peace, and cultural and ecological collaboration. For the last two decades, we have continued a focus on music performance, dance performance and education, cultural activism and youth leadership. We have contributed artistic service, bringing years of drum and dance experiences to children and families; performing music and dance internationally; facilitating and creating platforms for authentic cultural exchanges; supporting well being and thriving in human development. Our work has helped define a microcosmic Utopia- ‘Where any child can walk from any place in the world to any place in the world and be safe, welcome and fed.’ As we continue to travel, perform, teach and make friends, we promise to raise up our neighbors and support progress and nourish a culture of Living and Compassion expressed through music, dance, spoken and written word, sacred counsel for families, and the bridging of nations, one friend at a time.”
Tickets for Black Rebels plus Mandla on Saturday, February 5th at 10PM at the Iron Horse in Northampton are available at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686, and online at IHEG.com
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