International acts head to Nimbin for second Roots Festival
NIMBIN will be coloured with music from across the globe this weekend as world music lovers converge for the second Nimbin Roots Festival, starting Friday.
A big step up from last year's inaugural festival, the Nimbin Showgrounds event will feature full camping facilities, two performance spaces, along with market and food stalls and the ubiquitous chai tent.
Whereas creator Xavier Avogniko described last year as simply a "big local gig", this year it is shaping up as a true international affair, with acts from Africa, France and Fiji, and up and down the east coast.
Headlining the event is Africa Entsha, from Soweto in South Africa, who have delivered their soulful acapella covers of gospel and pop songs around the world.
Then there's Knox, a folk soul reggae acoustic artist from Fiji who is making waves in Sydney's world folk underground.
The Rhythm Hunters will also impress with their orchestral multinational blend of Japanese drums, Indonesian melodies and deep grooves.
Dancing fans will love DJ Manie Shika - originally from Ghana - who fuses classic Fela Kuti style afrobeats with global house grooves.
And for those who like their gypsy beats it will be The Imprints from Melbourne, a drum and violin two piece who will produce surreal driving gypsy melodies with double-time reggae beats.
Mr Avogniko said the intention of the festival was bringing "unity" to the area.
"I believe this area needs something like this to unite the people and bring good vibes," he said.
And to keep it affordable all locals from Kyogle east to Rosebank, and Uki south to Lismore and Goonellabah will receive a discounted $35 festival pass, instead of the standard $60.
The event opens on Friday at noon, with the opening ceremony at 3pm. It continues Saturday from 11am-10pm and Sunday from 11am-8pm.