Reggae + Brass Band= Musical Fusion

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - We all know New Orleans is known for excellent jazz and soul music, but what about reggae?

A newer band on the scene, One Love Brass Band is a brass band with a twist.  They fuse brass music with reggae rhythms. News with a Twist Reporter Kenny Lopez gets into the groove!

One Love Brass Band is all about spreading love through their music and good vibes.

"It's music to dance to.  It's music to have a party to.  For us, our message is all about one love,"  Kyle Cripps, One Love Brass Band member, said.

Since 2012, One Love Brass Band has been fusing sounds, Caribbean-influenced reggae rhythms with New Orleans brass beats.

"We are a brass band, but we're doing music that pretty much nobody else in town is doing,"  Cripps said.

If you haven't seen this one-of-a-kind local brass band, now's your chance to check them out at Freret Caribbean Carnival at Freret Street PubliQ House.

The Freret Caribbean Carnival will take place this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.  For ticket information, click HERE:

Organizer, Joel Hitchcock said New Orleans feels like a Caribbean city, and this Carnival will celebrate that with music, food, and arts and crafts.

"New Orleans is the most Northern Caribbean city as far as the music, cuisine, the temperature, the laws," Hitchcock said.

Bands from all over the world will be performing at this multi-cultural event.

"We've got more than 15 bands performing from all around the world including Trinidad, Jamaica, Hawaii, and Mexico,"  he said.

One Love Brass Band will take the stage at 4 p.m.   Other bands performing are:  Hot 8 Brass Band, Kabaka Pyramid, Iba Mahr, The Meditations, Teki, Likkle Shanx, Dub Gideon, T-Roy, Daria Steel Pans, Nkiruka, The Contrabandits, Dj Silva, T-Rock, and Casa Sumba.


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