Opinion

Reggae night strikes the right chord

A FEW weeks back I gave into curiosity and went along to check out one of the Ipswich Multicultural Projects' International Cafe events.

As you can probably tell, I don't have a single Rastafarian cell in my ghostly white body, but reggae night was a blast - despite a bit of a disappointing turnout on this particular night.

Regardless, Ghana-born musician Joe Tee put on a great night in the old Masonic Hall, while Hedy and Pat Keogh and their team got busy in the kitchen, dishing up a superb feast of Jamaican food that would have been fit for Bob Marley himself.

As Joe worked his way through a collection of reggae classics, including Buffalo Soldier and Is this Love, the crowd slowly got over its collective shyness and started to shake a bit of booty.

One particular table full of middle-aged party-goers seemed to get a bit of a kick out of the wine they were drinking and led the charge to the dance floor. Me, I'm not such a booty shaker, but I did have a crack at the tambourine, joining Pat Keogh on the djembe. The main thing was that we all got involved.

What Pat and Hedy Keogh do through these International Cafe events is to bring people of all backgrounds together through two things that we all love - music and food - and I think it's great. If you haven't been to one of these events yet, Hedy and Pat could do with your support.

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