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UB40 FOR DURBAN (article first published : 2007-06-29)

94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 Kfm, East Coast Radio and BIG Concerts are presenting the forthcoming tour of one of the worldís most popular bands.

Legendary Reggae Ambassadors UB40 will be returning to South Africa this year, for shows in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

UB40ís illustrious career, spanning over 25 years, has seen them performing alongside U2, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Madonna, Robbie Williams and The Who, collaborating with top Jamaican Dancehall artists, and playing to millions of fans around the globe.

With an Ivor Novello Award, over 50 million albums sold world-wide, 23 albums, and 53 chart singles, under their belt, UB40 continue to give enormous pleasure to a public too vast to be defined by age, generation, or culture.

The group, consisting of Ali Campbell (vocals/guitar), Robin Campbell (guitar/vocals), Astro (vocals/toaster), Earl Falconer (bass/vocals), Brian Travers (saxophone), James Brown (drums), Norman Hassan (percussion/vocals), and Mickey Virtue (keyboards), received international acclaim with songs like Red Red Wine and Canít Help Falling In Love becoming hit singles in both the UK and the US, and The Best Of UB40 Ė Vol. 1 spending a record breaking 123 weeks in the charts. UB40 were also one of the first Western groups to tour the Soviet Union, in the late 80ís.

In 2005, the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of their recording debut, with the release of their latest Grammy Award nominated album, Who You Fighting For. The hit single Swing Low was also the anthem for the England Rugby teamís triumphant World Cup campaign!

For over a quarter of a century, UB40ís seasoned reggae music has continued the job of popularizing reggae around the globe. Their first South African tour in 1994 broke all attendance records (over 200,000 fans), and their arena-tour in 2002 was a major box office success.

The Durban performance takes place on July 4 at the International Convention Centre. Then follows performances in Johannesburg (July 6) and Cape Town (July 10).

Tickets available from www.computicket.com, 083 915 8000 and all outlets countrywide.

For more information UB40, visit www.ub40.co.uk




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