Jamaican reggae icon Eric Donaldson who is know for his his big hit “Cherry Oh Baby” is set to perform in Kampala this month for the first time ever.
Eric Donaldson will be perform live with Lion Story, Burundian band that fled their country after political pressure, at an even dubbed ‘All Day Reggae Festival’ at Jahazi Pier in Munyonyo on 22nd April
Born in Bog Walk, about 2 miles from Kent Village, Donaldson first recorded for Studio One in 1964, although producer Clement Dodd declined to release the material. In the mid-1960s he formed The West Indians with Leslie Burke and Hector Brooks, and they had a hit with the J.J. Johnson-produced “Right On Time” in 1968, going on to record with Lee “Scratch” Perry and subsequently changing their name to the Kilowatts, but without further success.
Donaldson then pursued a solo career, and submitted “Cherry Oh Baby” to the 1971 Jamaican Festival Song Competition, going on to win the competition and giving him a big Jamaican hit single. Donaldson has won the competition six times, in 1971, 1977, 1978, 1984, 1993 and 1997. “Cherry Oh Baby” has been covered by both The Rolling Stones (on their 1976 album, Black and Blue) and UB40 (on their 1983 album, Labour of Love) and he is currently living in Kent Village, Jamaica where he runs the ‘Cherry Oh Baby Go-Go’ bar.
Well the reggae event will also be graced by The Dons and Reggae 5 band that includes Nazizi, Kenya’s self-proclaimed “First Lady” of reggae.
He is first performing in Nairobi, Kenya, on Saturday 14th, for the second time since 2016, before coming to Uganda.
Get ready to feast with the Legend.