Stevie Wonder randomly surprises band to cover Bob Marley

Published February 10, 2016 2,292 Plays

Rumble / Cover SongsStevie Wonder likes his reggae women to boogie on, so much so that about two years ago, Wonder walked in off the streets of Los Angeles to play with a local reggae band, Lesterfari and Kings Music, at a restaurant/health food store called Simply Wholesome. Feeling the vibes, Wonder set up his keyboard and jammed with the band on Bob Marley’s “Waiting In Vain."

Lesterfari and Kings Music is a band of veteran musical artists that have been responsible for shaping the sound of reggae as we know and love it today. When you see one of their show, you don't just experience to the music; you get to experience the culture too. It is safe to say that they are crowd-pleasing, high-energy entertainers.

Roots reggae is a subgenre of reggae that deals with the everyday lives and aspirations of the artists, including the spiritual side of Rastafari and the honoring of God. Lyrical themes include spirituality and religion, poverty, black pride, social issues, resistance to government and racial oppression, and repatriation to Africa.

Despite the tittle, Stevie Wonder's 1974 single "Boogie On Reggae Woman" is neither boogie nor reggae. The lyrics were designed as a dialogue between the "nice" and the "naughty" intent, with the introduction to his harmonica break, which incorporates Wonder's casual but repeated question "Can I play?"