FOR once the Rock wasn’t the centre of attention, as British reggae sensations Steel Pulse took to a stage at its base.

Playing a series of classics, including Handsworth Revolution, Ku Klux Klan and Tribute to the Martyrs, they wowed a mixed crowd of over 1000 punters.

The legendary Birmingham band, who led the Rock Against Racism movement in the 1970s, are still vocal against racial injustice.

The recent Trayvon Martin case in Florida, where a 17-year-old was shot by police, even inspired them to write a song Put your hoodies on (for Trayvon Martin).

Hinds, a friend of late Bob Marley, also puts out frequent blog posts about various social and political issues, accessible on the band’s social media sites.

At one point in show Hinds explained that reggae was music ‘against colonisation’ and shouted for ‘unification’, perhaps missing the point and upsetting a few of the Gibraltar locals.

The band had included the Rock on a recent tour of Portugal, Morocco and the Canary Islands.

Tom Powell

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