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UB40 featuring Ali Campbell: Iconic rootsy reggae stars to tour SA

06/12/2022

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell: Iconic rootsy reggae stars to tour SAFans of UB40 is in for a groovy treat as the British reggae band is set to return to South Africa in May and June 2023. Here's the details.

by Cornelia Le Roux

06-12-2022 00:01

in Entertainment

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell is heading to South Africa in 2023. Image: Supplied

Big Concerts has confirmed that UB40 featuring Ali Campbell will be dishing up their special blend of reggae to audiences in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria in 2023. Tickets to see the iconic British band will go on sale on Friday 9 December.

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UB40 are known for hits such as Red Red Wine, (I Can't) Help Falling in Love With You, Kingston Town, One in Ten and Food For Thought.

The band changed its name to UB40 featuring Ali Campbell in 2018. Founding member and lead singer Campbell will be joined by his nine-piece band on their South African tour.

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Unprecedented' celebrates Astro and rocking reggae spirit In addition to the classic hits, Campbell will treat fans to new material from the band's 2022, Unprecedented, which was released on 24 June and is the follow-up to 2018's A Real Labour Of Love - which debuted at No 2, the highest charting album by any incarnation of UB40 since 1993's Promises And Lies.

According to Glam Adelaide, Unprecedented is fueled by the roots rocking spirit that powered UB40's original embodiment of work and is also a fitting memorial to co-founding member Astro who sadly passed away in November 2021 following a short illness.

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While a handful of songs from the album will feature alongside favourites from the Labour of Love series, Campbell is keen to include older numbers such as King (about the legacy of American Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King) in the mix.

ALSO READ: RIP: UB40 founding member Astro passes away after short illness'

UB40: Roots of pioneering reggae band Formed in 1979, the ground-breaking reggae troupe from Birmingham earned multiple Grammy nominations and sold over 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy blend of reggae and pop to all corners of the globe.

UB40 which took its name from the form given to individuals claiming unemployment benefit started putting an indigenous British slant on Jamaican reggae.

UB40 back in the day: From left, memorable trumpeter Astro, lead singer Ali Campbell and keyboardist Mickey Virtue. Image: Supplied ALSO READ: One-night only! Kevin Hart adds SA to Reality Check' stand-up tour

After reaching No 4 on the charts with King / Food For Thought, the multi-racial band released their debut album, Signing Off, in 1980. During their career they have sold in excess of 70 million records and topped the UK singles chart on three occasions:

Red Red Wine in 1983;

I Got You Babe (a duet between Ali and Pretenders singer and long-standing UB40 champion Chrissie Hynde) in 1985; and

(I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You in 1993.

Two of those hits Red Red Wine and (I Can't Help) Falling In Love With You also reached the No 1 position in the United States.

UB40 featuring Ali Campbell SA tour 2023 Tickets go on sale on Friday 9 December at 09:00 from www.ticketmaster.co.za.

Cape Town

Tuesday 30 May 2023

Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town

Durban

Thursday 1 June 2023

Durban ICC, Durban

Pretoria

Saturday 3 June 2023

SunBet Arena, Time Square, Pretoria

For complete tour and ticket information visit www.bigconcerts.co.za.

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