Published on July 24th, 2013 | by HOHBrian


Reggae Hymn to Harmony – Simmer Down 2013

There was the music, there was the food, there was the drink (though you had to know where to find it), but most of all there was the sun and the mood: from the cricket match, past the stage, through the  groups of families and friends sprawled on the dappled grass on the hill, and up through the stalls and spice-ifying chicken to the slides and OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAroundabouts on the top field, this was the essence of English summer. On cue, a chapter of black bikers processed across the top of the stage, and parked over by the wildflower enclosure. Mukhtar Dar from The Drum talked about celebrating the contribution of black culture to this country and community, and about the power of  reggae music to break  down barriers and bring people together. The performers spoke up about the damage done by violence and division. But the sun and the sound did the rest, not to mention the variously flavoured smoke hanging in the atmosphere. It was too hot to think. We sizzled and jostled gently together. Click on the images below for samples of Simmer Down 2013.

Play list in order of appearance: Oya Batucada, Lee Alexander, LB Robinson (The Voice), Sic’Nis, Xova, 1Eye, Divas of Soul, Asha B, Fatman/Black Symbol, Stikki Tantafari backed by the Atom Band, Half Pint.

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Photos: First sequence by Gaelle Finley and John O’Meara                                                                    Second sequence by Darren Leopold Williams

Sound/moving image co-ordination by Holly O’Meara

Text and sound by John O’Meara (with thanks to 1Eye, and apologies to all the other bands whose sound we didn’t capture – see full play list above)

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