Mishka to perform in front of home crowd at Snorkel Park
Bermudian reggae artist Mishka Frith will take a break from his US tour schedule and perform before a home crowd this weekend.
Tickets are now on sale for Mishka & Fires of Africa, a concert slated for Snorkel Park Beach on Friday.
For the past few months, the artist has been touring the United States to promote his latest album, 'Talk About'.
His first album, 'Mishka', had a hit single with 'Give You All the Love', in 1999.
A decade later his album 'Above The Bones' went straight to the top of Billboard's reggae albums chart, unseating UB40.
He was then signed as the first artist on Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey's record label, jk livin.
His reggae influences include Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, Culture and Nasio.
“Musically my influence is from all genres though,” he told
The Royal Gazette. “I love The Beatles and Bob Dylan, Joan Armatrading, Jimmy Buffet, the list is endless.”
Asked what it was like to have a song at the top of the charts, he said: “Well that's cool, [but] the thing about charts is that you have to stay in them.
“You can knock a big artist off the charts for a little while, but that's mainly because of the hype and promotion around a new album. People read about it and check it out, there is a surge for a day or two, but to stay up in the charts is another thing. [I] always knew the music would find its people. I think I still have a lot of work to do.”
Mr Frith is the brother of singer Heather Nova, whose latest album '300 Days at Sea', has just entered the European Top 40 charts.
The artist spoke with this paper from his home in Maui, Hawaii.
He said the US tour had given good exposure to his music and that his shows are growing in popularity.
“It's actually a lot of sitting down, which requires a lot of patience, especially for someone like me, 'cause I like to move on my feet, but the blessing of playing music is always worth it,” he said of the tour experience.
The Flightline, Jam Experience, Conscious Bermuda, AriJahKnow, Live Wires and Tiny T will also perform at Saturday's concert.
The theme of the concert is unity and universal consciousness is the model, said organiser Truneh Flood.
“Mishka was one of the original Fires of Africa members. So it's a bit of a reunion as well.”
Band members of Fires of Africa represent several of the religions in the African region.
“Shadeed Rahman, our bass player, is a Muslim and as it's Ramadan he is unavailable,” said Mr Flood.
“Other members of Fires of Africa include Orthodox Christians, a Rastafarian and a Hebrew Israelite.
“In the East, Muslims, Christians and Jews make war, but in Bermuda we make music. We plan to destroy the myths of history and religion with music and knowledge.”
The event runs from 4.20pm until midnight.
Tickets, $20 regular admission and $35 VIP, are available online from www.BdaTix.bm. They may also be purchased from All Wrapped Up, Washington Mall, Fabulous Fashions, Heron Bay Plaza, and Rock Island Coffee.