For Pato Banton, music is so much more that just singing.
It’s a way to reach other people.
“Music, personally reggae music, has inspired and educated me over the years and it has allowed me to travel the world and inspire other people,” the London native told The Garden Island. “Firstly, as a black child growing up in England, which was a very racist environment, reggae music allowed me to have some self-worth. It taught me about where I came from. It taught me about my history and God.”
The reggae singer known for uplifting songs will perform with his band, “The Now Generation,” Sunday at The Courtyard Marriott, 650 Aleka Loop, in Kapaa.
An article in The Garden Island’s TGIF section incorrectly reported the concert as Saturday, but it actually kicks off at 8:30 p.m. the following day. Doors will open at 4 p.m.
The festivities will open with performances from ukulele players, Violet Asuncion, and Sashamon Makai Spiller-Reiff at 6 p.m., and will wrap up at 10.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Papayas, Hawaiian Music Kiosk, Kauai Music & Sound, Progressive Expressions, and at www.popokimusic.com. Tickets are also available at the door.
“We’re so excited,” Katherine Brocklehurst, a concert organizer, told TGI.