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Black slate on board

The beach at Roberts Road provided the setting for a segment of a Black Slate music video and now the UK reggae band is returning to the EC to perform at Shipwreck next week.

Black Slate was one of the most popular acts at the 2017 East Coast Vibes festival and three members dropped into Gisborne again last year as part of a travel documentary of their travels around the world.

“We left the UK as a group with some success,” Anthony Brightly told Turanga FM last year.

“We arrived in New Zealand as mega-stars.”

Formed in the UK in 1972, Black Slate worked originally as a backing band. Members worked with other Jamaican artists such as The Heptones, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie and Peter Tosh. In 1975 Black Slate became their own group and had a hit in 1976 with the song Sticks Man. The band is particularly known for its hits Boom Boom, and Amigo.

Black Slate, Shipwreck Bar, February 8, 8.30pm. Tickets from eventfinda.co.nz

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