When it comes to reggae performances on the island, one name pops straight into mind – Haji Mike. Never one to shy away from a challenge or a chance to get us all grooving to those reggae vibes, Mike will be heading to the mountains tomorrow to entertain us.
Haji Mike has been making music as an independent artist since 1990. His first big hit was Vraka Man. Fast-forward to 2016 and the man behind the reggae microphone has released seven CDs and toured in many countries, including Africa and Portugal.
He has collaborated with artists and producers around the world, including Simon Booth from the UK and Bandulu Dub from Portugal.
Mike doesn’t just perform live, teach as an Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Nicosia, and give workshops to do with performing poetry – he also presents weekly radio shows on various net stations around the world.
So why such an obsession with reggae music, and what has kept the musician running strong with the genre for over 25-years? Perhaps the answer lies in his own words:
“It’s a music that stays with you for life and, as a student in Thatcher’s England, reggae was the music raising questions about racism, unemployment and injustice. It was a music that expressed the times we were in. It’s also a music that is not a passing fad or fashion, once you are into it, that’s it…Lifelong affiliation.”
Reggae in the Mountains
Live performance by Haji Mike. August 5. Kyperounta Square, Limassol. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 25-813204