Zionruts Family bring ‘roots reggae’ to Mieliepop

Recording Studios caught up with Zionruts Family, a reggae band who and spread the message of peace, love and harmony. formed by Rutsman Spice and Ziondawta at Mieliepop next month. We chatted to Ziondawta the band’s percussionist and backing vocalist..

Thanks for chatting to us today. So, what made you want to perform at Mieliepop Festival?

The kind of vibe that Mieliepop has along with expanding our band and music to people who will be at Mieliepop, as its one of the big festivals in South Africa. Along with sharing our genre in South Africa, as it’s a genre that’s not celebrated much, many would think that reggae music is dead but we will be there to show people that it’s still in existence.

Tell us about your background and how did you get started in reggae music?

Well our journey with reggae music came a long way, growing up in reggae music families during the difficult times we took refugee and sanctuary in reggae music. From there we started singing reggae music from the great reggae legends, the likes of Twinkle Brothers, Bob Marley, LKJ…the list is endless. Until we started composing our own songs, forming Zionruts after having played in various bands.

many would think that reggae music is dead but we will be there to show people that it’s still in existence

What was the first Reggae song you ever heard?

The first reggae song that l ever heard was ONE LOVE/PEOPLE GET READY by BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS.

What have you got prepared for us at Mieliepop?

Well we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise now would we? Hahahahaha, well mostly songs from our newly released album “LIFE CYCLE”.

When and where can we find you performing at Mieliepop?

We will be performing on Thursday 22nd of March at 3pm on The Willow Tree Stage.

Tell us a secret about somebody in the band

One secret about our lead vocalist is his RASTAFARI belief that he doesn’t remove his hat in front of people.

If people want to see what you are up to where can they find out information and also get hold of your music?

People can see what we are up to through our Facebook fanpage and our website.
Our music can be found on Soundcloud, Reverbnation and YouTube.
Feel free to communicate with us on email at zionruts@gmail.com

Thanks for the interview guys – we look forward to jamming to some reggae beats next month!

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Interview by The Original CC