A variety of music at MOJA 

Jazz, reggae, funk, and much more

The 2009 MOJA season is upon us, and there are plenty of notable musical events on the calendar. The African-American and Caribbean arts festival's live music series kicks off on Fri. Sept. 25 with the free Reggae Block Dance event — an evening of live reggae and Caribbean rhythms with bands (De Lions of Jah Reggae Band, Dis-N-Dat Caribbean Band), African drummers and dancers, ethnic foods, and international crafts from 7-11 p.m.

On Sat. Sept. 26, vocalist Lalah Hathaway performs at the Cistern (66 George St.) at 7:30 p.m. The Back at Home Gospel Hour program on Sun. Sept. 27 features sets from Gospel Divas, Lynn-Marie Boone, Joy Pryor, Gwendolyn Rodgers, and the Men of Gospel, among others (starting at 4 p.m.). Next week's events include a Jazz Cruise at 7:30 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 30 with Gaylan (the "sultry songstress") on the harbor aboard the Spirit of Charleston.

The biggest gig of the week features legendary Ohio-based disco/funk act The O'Jays in concert at the Family Circle Cup Stadium (161 Seven Farms Drive) on Sat. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. (remember those groovy hits "Love Train," "Backstabbers," "Use Ta Be My Girl," and "Lonely Drifter?").

MOJA's finale is set for Sun. Oct. 4 at Hampton Park with live performances by Tropical Steel Vibes, ITISSO Jazz Band, and others.

Check out mojafestival.com for full details and ticket information.


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