If proof were needed that reggae music is a truly global movement, Wilkswood Roots Reggae Festival is privileged to present Direct Impact all the way from Japan. Bringing their own unique take on roots reggae, Direct Impact were originally formed in 1994 and are now a major force on the world reggae stage.
Hailing from Japan, the original crew members – Wayne, Clive, Mark, Rico and ‘Slowly Surely’ Leo – originally met in London and were heavily influenced by the late 90s heyday where UK lovers rock lived in perfect harmony with heavyweight dub/roots such as Mad Professor, Dennis Bovell, Jah Shaka, Aba Shanti-i. Direct Impact have toured with Horace Andy, Ranking Joe, Stone Love, U Brown, Al Campbell, Zion Train, Iration Steppas, Aba Shanti-I, Mad Professor and Earl 16. They have released nine albums including the internationally acclaimed ‘Prosperity’ which featured Horace Andy, Determin, RasMacbean, Jahvaneeze and several Japanese artists; a dub version was released in 2010.
In 2011, after the Fukushima nuclear accident, Direct Impact started supporting anti-nuclear movements in Japan. They featured in the anti-nuclear demonstration in the streets of Shibuya, leading the parade with their soundsystem on a truck alongside the famous reggae diva Likkle Mai. The crew performed at the One Love Festival in 2013 and 2014 and have toured extensively in the UK and Europe as well as spreading the reggae message across the far east.