Skank and the Roots is a live reggae band from Nelson Mandela Metro Bay, Uitenhage, that was originally formed in the early 1990’s by a diverse group of individuals who share the same vision and passion for music and they are the last act to appear on the current cycle of the popular Jazz’Afro Sundays @ The Barn programme.
The band has a groovy roots reggae sound, led by the energetic voice of charismatic lead singer Eric “Skank” Mooi.
Skank and The Roots are known for pulling people off their chairs onto the dance floor.
The band charismatic lead singer Eric “Skank” Mooi never fails to ignite the audience with his explosive stage presence. His distinct wailing voice tone is at times reminiscent of legendary Burning Spear or late Joseph Hill from Culture. Skank and The Roots over the years developed unique sound with a repertoire of original songs that have a distinctive South African flavour.
The band most memorable show was when we performed in front of late Nelson Mandela in 1993 at a packed stadium in Uitenhage. Seeing Tata Nelson Mandela fist in the air as we were playing our Mandela tribute song “Red Spear” was an unforgettable moment.
This is what Reggae Music is all about! A good skanking vibe that touches one’s soul. Skank was the driving force behind the formation of the band African Roots in 1990, which was later renamed Skank and the Roots. Today Mkhangeli “MK” Matiwane on bass, Frank Barends on keys joined the 3 original members of African roots, Deon. Manell on guitar, Dumile Rebel. Dabula on drums and Nkenke Eric “Skank.” Mooi on the Lead vocal.
“Our music is healthy and clean for the young and old. It appeals to people from all walks of life.
Our music is universal. We sings about peace and love, generosity and righteousness.”
Skank and The Roots have recently performed at the SA Indies Music Week held in Gold Reef City Johannesburg, Absa Vuka Festival in East London, Rock Lily Music Festival in Cape St Francis, at the 2016 Ebubeleni Festival hosted at the Scribante Race Track, they have also performed at the much loved live music venues in Nelson Mandela Bay The Music Kitchen, Ziggys Bar.
Skank And the Roots were also invited to perform at the Alliance Francaise Richmond Hill Music Festival, also appearing at Reggae festivals such as the African Unite Reggae Sunsplash held in Cape Town, One Blood Fest Nelson Mandela Bay, Imibala Arts Fest (Nelson Mandela Bay, adding to their busy year with performances at the Splash Festival,Uitenhage Carnival and Homeless Children Charity Music Festival also in Uitenhage.
Skank and The Roots have also opened for International artists such as Jean Grae from the United States and Jamaica’s IQulah.
Join us on Sunday for what promises to be an electric performance by Skank And The Roots which is comprised of: Nkenke Eric “Skank” Mooi providing lead Vocals, Dumile “Rebel ” Dabula on Drums, Deon Manell on the Lead guitar, Frank Barends on the keys, Mkhangeli “MK” on the Bass guitar
Skank and the Roots appear at The Barn Theatre, PE Opera House from 17h00 on 23 July 2017. Tickets cost R70.00 (R50.00 Pensioners) – limited seating be sure to be early.
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