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Scheduled guest Prince Alla has run up against unexpected logistical inconveniences, meaning he won't be able to join us, the lovely Vida Sunshyne and scorching Caribbean rhythms are lined up and ready to blast off. Please phone Festival Info Centre for queries on 6488 5555.

Leading exponents of root reggae, dancehall and heavyweight dub music, Mista Savona and his unstoppable ten piece band raise the roof with percussion bliss and crazy good songs from Melbourne vocalist Vida Sunshyne and special international guest Prince Alla.

The band preview new material and play tracks from their groundbreaking LP Melbourne meets Kingston, which featured prominent Jamaican recording artists Anthony B, Big Youth and many others. Destined to be a scorching night of Caribbean rhythms.


An extremely talented and charismatic Ghanian born singer, Vida is now based in Melbourne and is making a name for herself in Australia as a solo artist in her own right, as well as for her collaborations with producers Chasm and Mista Savona. In 2007 she returned to Ghana to study singing and dancing, as well as forming Ghanese band Borquaye to conduct a small tour of the country, including a support for African reggae icon Sasha Marley. Other international collaborations include performing as a backing vocalist for Lionel Ritchie, and collaboratations with UK producer Nitin Sawnhey that saw her travelling to London in 2006 to perform with his group. As well as featuring on the Chasm album 'Move' (2009) and Mista Savona album 'Warn The Nation' (2010), she is currently working on her debut solo album in conjunction with some of Melbourne’s finest producers.

Dizzy Dee

Zimbabwean born reggae singer and MC Dizzy Dee started performing almost ten years ago in his hometown Triangle, working with local soundsystems Shutter Crew and Platinum. Dizzy became known for his ability to sing and improvise over popular African and international songs of the day, and grew in popularity throughout South Eastern Zimbabwe. Composing and recording songs for three albums by producer Rebel Child on the Maodzanyemba Records label in Chiredzi, Dizzy became the first successful artist from his town of birth. In 2002 Rebel Child & Dizzy Dee signed to the Kunta Records label owned by Tony Fresh in Chitungwiza, releasing their first hit single "Usandisiye" ("Don’t Leave Me") followed by a string of successful releases.

In 2007 Desire moved to Melbourne to study music and graphic design, and quickly established himself as a formidable vocalist and MC in Melbourne’s live music scene. He currently performs with Mista Savona, Chant Down Sound, Natty Sistren and has performed in a supporting role for international reggae artists including Horace Andy, Junior Reid and Luciano. He is currently working on his debut Australian album with producers from around the world.


International reggae singer Jornick began his musical life in French Guyana as a percussionist in his father's steel drum band. His love for reggae music began when he joined the St Lucian band Guyolucian, touring and recording with them throughout Guyana. He also performed alongside South American artists Nikko, Sister Rudo and G.Marc. In 1994 he travelled to Jamaica, recording at the famous Leggo's studio in Kingston, and from there began working with producers around the world. Relocating to Europe in 1997, he began working with various soundsystems and producers, culminating in his first solo album Just Hear with French producer Olivier Corre and the compilation Dub Universe with Canadian producer Sir Bassa. Jornick began working with Australian producer Mista Savona in 2004 and tours extensively throughout Europe, UK, Canada, South America and the USA

Pre-Show Entertainment

Earthlink Sound

A dominant force in Australian Reggae Sound System culture, Earthlink Sound bring the coolest 60s Ska, 70s Roots, 80s Digital Dancehall and sexy modern-day Passa Passa Bashment tunes.

Savona lived up to his promise to have the whole crowd dancing, with a sea of dreadlocks and Jamaican-coloured tea cosies bopping along in unison. THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY  MORE >