The dreadlocked maestro with the guitar stops blowing his harmonica, leans into the microphone and shouts: "Original Music,For Original People!� Tidal Waves is widely regarded as one of the most committed reggae bands in South Africa. The group is made up of four gifted musicians: Jacob "Zakes� Wulana on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Sam "Drumbo� Shoai on drums and vocals; "Lucky� Nhlanhla Mthalane on the bass; and Ruben "Toply� Faku plays the keys. Their sound is original roots reggae with strong rock, ska and blues strands. They play gigs from Oppikoppi to Potchefstroom, Mozambique and Swaziland and as far abroad as New Zealand and Europe. They have recently returned from a rocking tour of Europe, where they played at the Pukkelpop festival in Belgium as well as at packed venues across Belgium and Italy. Their recorded albums include Hard Work, Harmonijah and inde- pendent release Muzik an da Method.
Lunch spot Tings & Times in Hatfield, Pretoria