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Man accused of stealing money at Reggae Fest

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man was arrested Friday after a police officer said he witnessed him stealing money at the entrance of the 2014 Austin Reggae Festival, which benefits the Capital Area Food Bank.

Austin Police said 24-year-old Kieth Vienn was working at the entrance gate of Reggae Fest. They said he stole $1,191 dollars by hiding it in his sleeve and pocket.

Food bank officials issued a statement Saturday.

“The Food Bank relies heavily on the support of volunteers to accomplish its mission of nourishing hungry people and leading the community in ending hunger,” Hank Perret, Capital Area Food Bank CEO, said. “This isolated incident was unfortunate, but we’re thankful for the ongoing support of the Reggae Festival and the difference it makes in our community.”

Vienn was in the Travis County Jail on a $2,500 bond.

House of Stone set to release jiti/reggae album

SINCE 2011 when the reggae band House of Stone was formed in Marondera, they have had critics calling for them to release their own music.

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Coming from Marondera, also the hometown to Mic Inity who is also a renowned cover version specialist, the pressure mounted with each day, but this time the group looks set to break the jinx.

The group is currently working on their debut album to be released in June.

Titled Zimbabwe, the album will be a unique mixture of genres with jiti and reggae being the main components.

The 10-track album will carry tracks like Tribute To A Visionary, Give Thanks and Praise And Mafaro, among others.

Constantine Teguru, one of the band members, said they were currently putting final touches to the album. Read more

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars brought African, reggae beats to Lafayette

When Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars took to the stage at Festival International at 8 p.m. on April 25, everyone was feeling fine. Or at least that’s how it seemed, as they filled all available space in front of Scene Stabil Drill International at this premier world music festival, held yearly in Lafayette.

The guys in the band kept asking if everything was okay.

“Are you happy?” they shouted, a few songs in. Read more

Rising reggae star Matty Julius comes to Zim Achievers Awards

He is the consummate artist whose irrepressible talents could not be limited to a single discipline.

Audiences in Zimbabwe and abroad came to know him as a dancer and choreographer with the esteemed dance company, Tumbuka.

But on the 10th of May, guests to this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards (ZAA) in London will rock and skank to the multilingual, soulful reggae vibes of Mathias ‘Matty’ Julius. Read more