The Cucumba King appearing by popular demand
Macka B makes his debut on the main stage at Wilkswood Roots Reggae 2019 and is sure to be a hit with young and old alike. The Wolverhampton-born reggae artist (aka Christopher MacFarlane) is a performer and activist with a career spanning thirty years.
A committed vegan, Macka B is a patron of the Vegan Society and is a firm devotee of the Rastafarian ital diet. His Medical Mondays and Wha Me Eat Wednesdays social media videos have become a viral internet sensation and his video Cucumba currently has over 1,350,000 views. His latest album, Health is Wealth will take you on a life-improving trip through diverse issues of mental and physical health.
Macka B began his musical journey in the late 70s when the Ever Ready factory he worked at was closed and he was laid off. He began to devote more time to practising his toasting skills, influenced by earlier Jamaican toasters U-Roy, I-Roy, Big Youth and Prince Far I. Macka B formed the Exodus sound system and in 1983 he won a DJ-ing competition and began to feature on local and international radio. The beginning of a long relationship with Neil ‘Mad Professor’ Frasier resulted in the release of his first album Sign of the Times in 1986 on Mad Professor’s Ariwa label. He has since released or featured on over 25 albums and is highly regarded as one of Britain’s most influential dancehall toasters.
As a practicing Rastaman, Macka B’s music is based around the political and spiritual message of the religion, with an often light and humorous touch. Working with the Mad Professor, he combined dancehall and dub styles of reggae, although has avoided a more commercial crossover approach. He takes his name from the Judean rebels against the Greeks, the Maccabees.