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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

United Nesia Fest prelude to more island reggae acts

Tribal Theory brings everyone to their feet with their original compositions from their debut album “Hell of a Night.” (Contributed Photo) With the successful staging of the United Nesia Fest: Coming Home Tour – Part 2, organizers are already poised to bring in more live island reggae music to Saipan.

“We will work hard to continue to bring the islands top-notch entertainment… Stay tuned and see you at Part 3,” said Rob Travilla, founder and creative director of Salbahe’ Co.

Salbahe’ Co. teamed up with Betelnut Radio for the concert event of the year, held Saturday evening at the Fiesta Resort & Spa in Garapan.

United Nesia Fest: Coming Home Tour – Part 2, which attracted 500 reggae fans from the Northern Marianas and Guam, was highlighted by the reggae sensation Tribal Theory.

“The turnout surpassed our expectations and we are truly grateful to everyone for coming out,” Travilla told Saipan Tribune.

Taking pride in its Pacific Island roots, the San Diego-based band was formed in 2005 and has established itself as one of the most sought-after live performing groups.

The group is composed of Ajay Blount in lead vocals; Alex Lugwa, drums; Edrick Clark, bass; Henry “Kiki” Curiel, keyboards/vocals; Nico Tuilesu, lead vocals; Peter Paul Guerrero-Cruz, guitar; and Seuko “Ku” Hawkins, lead vocals.

“The crowd loved Tribal Theory,” Travilla said, bringing everyone to their feet with their original compositions from their debut album “Hell of a Night,” including Stuck in the Middle, Hell of a Night, Tell Me, and the island’s favorite, DeJah Vu. They also sang songs from their EP, namely Reggae Party and Come On Over, and did a few covers like J Boog’s Ganja Farmer, Steel Pulse’s Your House, and Inner Circle’s Sweat.

Talented local performers served as opening acts that night, said Travilla. They are Ryan and Troy Imamura, Tom Basa Jr., Marvin Deleon Guerrero, 15 Rootz, and Ben The Human Beatbox.

Tribal Theory also did an encore performance at the Poseidon Bar in Garapan the following night, after spending the entire day doing water sports, sightseeing historical landmarks at the northern part of the island, and swimming at the Grotto.

Travilla said the group, including their manager Frank Aguon, thanked everyone for showing them a lot of love during their short stay on island.

Sponsors of the show were Docomo Pacific, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Power 99, KMMNWLTH Stars & Stones, Mestisu Visuals, Fiesta Resort & Spa, KKMP 92.1FM, Boarderline Surf & Skate Shop, and Budget Car Rental.

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