WORLD renowned religious reggae band Christafari has touched down at the Henderson airport in Honiara yesterday to a momentous traditional welcome.
Hundreds of fans gathered at the arrivals exit door, with the melodious tunes from the Solomon Islands very own panpipe boys greeting the touring friends.
Christafari’s front man, Mark Mohr was seen upon exiting the terminal with the “Oh My God” words coming out from his mouth, as the popular likes of Avion Blackman (Mohr’s spouse) and Solomon Jabby (Lead Guitarist) and the other band members were garlanded by some local flower girls.
Within seconds after being garlanded, Mohr was seen racing to join a group of fans shouting and cheering with a banner written with “Welcome to S.I Christafari” slogan from the back of a pick-up truck.
The band members were also seem to be very excited as they paraded towards the visitor’s arrival leaf hut, being escorted by the panpipers’.
Inside the leaf hut, the band received juicy refreshments through the local green coconuts coupled with other served fruits and sandwiches.
After nearly 30 minutes of breather, the band was escorted by the local Police officers and some fans (Parade) to their home for the next couple of days, the Rock Haven Inn, in the middle of the Honiara City.
In a short interview with Mr Mohr, he rated Solomon Islands as the best from the two other Melanesian countries that they have toured so far.
“Well, we thought New Caledonia was the best and then we went to Vanuatu and then we thought that was the best.
“And then you guys just, stepped on all of those. You guys just raised it so much higher. With the amount of people here welcoming us is just incredible- the dancers, the music.
“I am overwhelmed, speechless and blessed, so blessed. We have never seen anything like this before,” the band’s lead vocalist said.
He added that, this was his dream for many years, and a dream that’s finally coming true.
Meanwhile, the venue at the Town Ground field is all set ahead of the Christafari concerts that were scheduled to take place this Wednesday 28th October and Thursday 29th of October 2015.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA