Fronted by roots man Ras Roni from Barbados via London, Fijian MC LTL GZeus and Sierra Leonian ragga powerhouse Blaka C, The Strides deliver a musical experience that is as explosive as it is authentic.
With 10 years of touring and three acclaimed albums, festival appearances across the country and having graced the stage with the likes of Third World, Julian Marley, Tony Allen and Groundation, The Strides' music builds on classic roots reggae with a hip-hop edge, bringing together modern dance hall, dub beats and reggae-pop.
The Strides have forged a truly global sound melding a diversity of cultures and instrumentation under the one universal consciousness.With a calling card of powerfully melodic horns, infectious bass lines, easy musings and a magnetic stage presence between its two lead vocalists, the Strides are an 8-piece collective of multi talented songwriters and musicians.
Saturday 15th February 2020
- doors open: 7:30 pm
- 8.15pm showtime
- Full Single $30.00
- Concession $25.00
- Group 6+ $25.00
- Under 18s $15.00
*booking fees apply
- Online by clicking the ‘Book Tickets‘ button
- Phone Bookings: +61(0)418 241 218
Duration: approximately 140 minutes, with an interval of 15-20 minutes.
Approximate end time: 11pm
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review: Reclamation CD
Myopic Melburnian music buffs might suggest otherwise, but Sydney has its share of seriously good fusion outfits. The Strides, a comparatively new 10-piece act, souns classy enough, judged on its sophomore album, to be considered a serious challenger to the Cat Empire and company. The band’s leaning towards afrobeat puts it directly in the path of Melbourne’s Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, which has set the benchmark in this arena down under. however, the fact it also weaves reggae rhythms and rapping into its fresh and funky 50-50 mix of songs and instrumentals stamps it more the Aussie equivalent of Kiwi juggernaut Fat Freddy’s Drop. Trinidad-born singer Ras Roni shows Marley influence – Damian as well as Bob – on tracks such as Storm Clouds. Fijian MC LTL Gzeus (that’s Little Jesus in non-vernacular_ channels dance-hall don Sizzla and reggae rapper Mos Def in Some O Dem and Reclamation, and during his duet with Ras Roni on Fresh Lady. The Band’s poten three-piece brass section, made up of some of Sydney’s finest young jazz players, strecthes out stylishy when unleashed in the afrobeat infused instrumental romps Umbi Gumbi and Well Hung Parliament that constitute album highlights.
- Reclamation CD Review in The Australian; Tony Hillier