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An Intimate Evening with Reggae Legend Pato Banton” in West Oakland launches a 2009 state tour of America and is a rare opportunity to enjoy his music up close and personal. On Sunday, Nov. 23, Cjoy Inner.tainment and Friends of the Black New World will present Pato Banton & The Mystic Roots Band & Stay Positive Sound System at 6 p.m., at the historic Continental Club, 1658-12th Street in West Oakland. Rated as one of the top showmen in the industry, Banton provides a high-energy performance while mixing humor with social consciousness and spirituality for the body, mind & soul. Banton is known as one of the greatest British MCs to evolve from the UK.An event not to be missed, Banton’s charismatic performances encourage audience members to become participants in a dynamic experience. He dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current day events and spiritual freedom. Local reggae-hip hop band HAIRDOO, opens the event. Tickets are $20 for Friends of the Black New World, $25 general admission, $50 VIP seating and reception. For information, call (510) 295-3535, or go to www.blackneworld.com.