Reggae the way it was meant to be

Anthony B. does not water down his music. Where reggae began as a cultural and political tool, so it continues under the artistry of Anthony B.

"It's about art and the culture," he said. "I share a message of peace and oneness, but I also recognize that politics affect all of our life."

¤ Anthony B.

¤ 10 p.m. today

¤ Levelz in Ski Time Square

¤ $15 in advance; tickets are available at All That Jazz, Wired and Lupo's

¤ 870-9090

Anthony B. (born Keith Blair) is a self-proclaimed Pan Afrikanist in the tradition of Marcus Garvey. Garvey taught Afrikan nationalism and Afrikan pride across country and continental borders.

"I see that as sons and daughters of Africa, we have to use our Western knowledge to create that (unity)," Anthony B. said. "And Africa needs a lot of preparation. We have to bring what we've learned to Africa, and we need to learn from the ways of Africa."

Anthony B. will come to Steamboat tonight to help Levelz celebrate its five-year anniversary. He is traveling with his band -- a bass player, drummer, keyboard player, guitar player and two singers.

To enjoy an Anthony B. show, the audience doesn't have to be plugged in to the political and spiritual ideas of the Rastafari movement, but "they got to be physically fit to come.

"I'm very energetic, and they have to be ready to get the first -- the energy -- the spirituality of it. I want people to go away and say, 'I learned something about myself, and I had a good time.'"

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