MASERU - The cold drizzle that hit the capital city on Saturday night did not dampen the vibe when Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes Turbulence and Mega Banton put up a spirited and world class musical performance at the Victoria Hotel poolside.
First on stage was Mega Banton who sang his popular tunes as the audience sang along. When it was time for Turbulence the whole poolside was set alight as he performed some of his most memorable tunes. The
concert went on until the wee hours of the next day and by the time it was over, the fans were still crying out for more.
The two artistes were brought into the country courtesy of Powertainment, alongside many other artistes and DJs, commonly known as “selectors” in the Rastafari parlance. Among the guest artistes were Badman from Zimbabwe, Don Royal (Rustenburg), Selectah Tesfa (PC FM), Jah Tabla (Joburg), Deboza (Ultimate FM), MC Buka Tsa Leseli (TK FM), Rudeboy Pepper (Radio Lesotho) and green Seed Purple Haze.
Turbulence (born Sheldon Campbell on 11 January 1980) is a self-proclaimed Jamaican reggae artiste who is also a member of the Rastafari movement. He was discovered in 1999 by Philip 'Fatis' Burrell. He has released a number of albums including, I Believe, United, Notorious - The Album, Songs of Solomon, Triumphantly, Join Us and Hail The King and was featured in an episode of the BBC documentary series Storyville.
He is also known for his song, Blood dem out, which was featured on a highly profiled freestyle ski movie called, Show and Prove. Turbulence was featured as one of three main acts in the 2007 documentary film Rise Up, which explores the world of underground music in Jamaica.
The film, directed by Luciano Blotta, documents Turbulence’s rise to prominence as an internationally recognized and nationally celebrated reggae artist, and highlights the political and socially active nature of his music. Rise Up has screened at numerous film festivals around the world. Throughout the film, Turbulence voices the problems of post-colonial corruption, poverty, and violence in Jamaica.
Mega Banton (born Garth Williams in 1974) is a Jamaican dancehall deejay who came to prominence in the early 1990s. Inspired by the likes of Burro Banton and Buju Banton, and with a similar gruff style of delivery, he achieved international success in the early 1990s with singles such as First Position, Decision, No Ninja, No Buju, and Sound Boy Killing, working with the Black Scorpio team.
He recorded a duet with Leroy Smart and in 1994 courted controversy with his single Money First, for which he was accused of encouraging women into a life of prostitution. When Garnett Silk died, Banton released the A Tribute to Garnett Silk single, along with Sattalite.
In 1988 he had a combination hit with Barrington Levy with She's Mine. In 1995 he made his major-label album debut with 1,000,000 Megwatts.He is still performing, well into the 2000s. Both artistes’ visit to Lesotho is the first of its own kind and was warmly received.