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Israel Vibration and Roots Radics feature some of the best original recording musicians in the business. They are rock solid. Flabba Holt, Dwight Pinkney, T-Bird and Steve Golding are the ultimate reggae musicians. Israel Vibration has an extensive catalog of music that consistently keeps coming with many classic hits such as Ball Of Fire, Get Up & Go, Cool & Calm, Why Worry, Vultures, Licks & Kicks, The Same Song and their latest album release is called Play it Real Along with the album they have a new music youtube video called Man Up.
Mention the name Israel Vibration in reggae music circles and watch the warmth of recognition and appreciation of anyone who has seen or heard this very special vocal group. The positive vibrations emanating from the music of Israel Vibration have been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs for over three decades. The lead vocalists, Wiss and Skelly cast a harmonious musical spell, weaving traditional roots reggae with a mesmerizing sound and deeply spiritual message. Israel Vibrations have been touring very strong worldwide for many years. They are regularly featured on most of the major Reggae Festivals.
Israel Vibration members Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) were born in Jamaica, West Indies. Each is a victim of Poliomyelitis (Polio). They met as children in the Mona Rehabilitation Center, into which they were placed because of their families’ limited resources and their needs for specialized medical care. They learned early on the necessity for developing survival skills, and although polio is an undeniably crippling and debilitating disease, the youths never let their physically challenging situation supercede their willpower and their creative abilities. They found strength in the faith of Rastafari through the guidance of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and began composing and singing songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs.
Their spirituality and stance on issues relating to their residency at the Mona Rehabilitation Center caused them to be expelled from that institution. Undaunted, they found solace, comfort, and sustenance in their music, which won them the support of their local community and provided them with encouragement to pursue their music careers. They began recording in 1976, enjoying a hit with the poignant Same Song, which was licensed to EMI and brought the group international attention. Their musical careers seemed to be taking off, but, like many Jamaican artists, Israel Vibration’s recording career was set back by a local industry plagued at that time by questionable accounting practices, musical piracy, and a lack of tour support. In 1983, the group broke up and its members moved to the States both for superior medical care and to pursue solo projects.
In 1988 Israel Vibration began building their extensive catalog with Strength of My Life, Praises, Forever, Vibes Alive, IV, On the Rock, Free to Move, and several dub albums. On the Rock garnered much praise the single and video “Rudeboy Shufflin’,” which, along with the “Feeling Irie” video, was aired on BET as well as other television programs throughout the US and abroad. On the Rock and its follow-up Free To Move reached their height of success upon reaching number one on the CMJ New World charts. Their 1999 release, Pay the Piper, displays more of the strong material songwriters Skelly and Wiss are known for, and the album’s featured video “Hard Road” was seen in 3900 Blockbuster video stores during the month of January 2000. Their album, Jericho, released in 2000 was another strong work featuring the best musicians and harmonizers Jamaica has to offer. Skelly and Wiss fully commit to each honest lyric and sing from the heart with the true spirit of universality. Israel Vibration has continued putting out strong albums with their latest ones being Reggae Knights and Play it Real. Their overall catalog is very deep and consistent. It is a great musical contribution to the world.
BIOGRAPHY: ISRAEL VIBRATIONS
A living lesson in fortitude, the vocal trio of Cecil “Skeleton” Spence, Albert “Apple Gabriel” Craig, and Lascelle “Wiss” Bulgin overcame adversity, illness, and poverty to become one of the finest roots groups in Jamaica’s history. All three had been afflicted by polio and first became acquainted, albeit briefly, at Kingston’s Mona Rehabilitation Clinic.
Of the trio, Bulgin appeared least likely to emerge a singing sensation. He spent much of his childhood at a variety of rehabilitation centers and in his teens began working for a tailor. Craig, in contrast, initially did seem destined for a musical career and for a while attended the famed Alpha Cottage School. This illustrious institution, founded in 1880 and run by Catholic nuns, is renowned for its musical training. Many of the island’s greatest stars passed through its doors, including members of the Skatalites and drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace. However, Craig found the tough discipline and rigid atmosphere oppressive and ran away at 14 into a life of homelessness and poverty. After an equally bright start, Spence’s life also took a severe downturn. As a preteen, he played xylophone in a youth band, with whom he appeared on national television. Although physically disabled, he was a gifted athlete and in his teens he was selected for the Jamaican Wheelchair Basketball team. But his conversion to Rastafarianism put an end to all that in 1969; he was dropped from the team and returned to Kingston. It was serendipity that he bumped into Craig soon after, and fate intervened again, to bring the pair back into touch with Bulgin.
The three teens had individually all previously converted to Rastafarianism, now their shared faith and childhood experiences helped forge a strong friendship. Leaving behind their old lives, the trio now spent their time hanging out together and busking for money around Kingston. They spent the next six years singing for their suppers and by 1975, Israel Vibration was a vocal force to be reckoned with. However, their initial attempt at recording was abortive as the one track they did cut, the Ernest Hookim-produced “Bad Intention,” never saw release. The following year, an answer to their prayers arrived when members of the Rastafarian religious group, the Twelve Tribes of Israel, agreed to finance a single by the trio.
Israel Vibration went into Treasure Isle Studio with producer U-Booth and recorded the single “Why Worry” and a new version of “Bad Intention” for its flip. The group’s exquisite dread sound and militant cultural themes made an instant impression and the trio now found themselves on-stage opening for the likes of Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. In 1977, Israel Vibration began work on their follow-up, “The Same Song,” with producer Tommy Cowan. By the time they were done, the group had another hit song and a debut album of stunning proportions, which was titled after the single. A de rigueur dub version, Israel Tafari, accompanied the full-length and was equally powerful. On the strength of these, the trio was signed to the British EMI subsidiary Harvest, who released Same Song in Britain. 1979 brought the Unconquering People album, and another popular single, “Crisis.” And even if this set was not quite as dread as its predecessor, tracks like “Mr. Taxman” and “We a de Rasta” remain classics of cultural roots. Not surprisingly, Israel Vibration went down a storm at that year’s Reggae Sunsplash.
The trio’s deeply devotional songs, cultural themes, inspirational lyrics, and original take on the roots style had struck a chord with reggae fans around the world. Thus, it was a surprising decision that Israel Vibration recorded their next album, 1981’s Why You So Craven, with legendary dancehall producer Junjo Lawes. In many ways, it was a failed venture and the trio was so dissatisfied, they walked out before the sessions were complete. Bringing in the vocal trio the Tamlins, Lawes carried on without them and the resulting album, while not a total disaster, certainly lacked the spirit of its predecessors. Even an avid response at 1982’s Reggae Sunsplash could not convince the trio that their future lay in a Jamaica where dancehall now reigned supreme (Live at Reggae Sunsplash, a split album from Israel Vibration and the Gladiators, bears witness to their performance). Thus, they relocated to New York City, perhaps believing that the large immigrant community could sustain them, or that America was now ready to embrace roots. They were wrong on both counts. A few occasional live appearances aside, the group swiftly disappeared from view. All three attempted solo careers, but only Bulgin made it on to record; his Mr. Sunshine album paired him with the Freedom Fighters Band.
In 1987, the trio decided it was stronger together than apart, re-formed, and approached the RAS label. Although label head Doctor Dread had shown no interest in their solo efforts, he was enthusiastic about a reunion and quickly signed them to RAS. Strength of My Life appeared the following year, and aided by the Roots Radics, it found Israel Vibration as vibrant as ever.
The trio now settled down for the long haul, and although their sound was no longer on the scene’s cutting edge, they continued putting out strong sets. 1990 brought three albums, Praises, its dub companion Dub Vibration, and Israel Dub, drawn from the Strength of My Life set. The next year’s Forever found the trio in a surprisingly comic mood, taking aim at themselves, dancehall, as well as contemporary issues. In 1992, a taste of the Vibrations’ live power was delivered up on Vibes Alive, which was recorded at a show in Santa Cruz the previous October. Besides showcasing the trio’s unique vocal styling, the album captures the Roots Radics at their fiercest. 1993’s IV, and its dub companion IV Dub, gave heart to all those who believed that roots was fast becoming little more than a world lovefest. The album’s militancy, notably on “Naw Give Up the Fight,” proved the trio’s own passionate cultural concerns and dread roots were not fading. The equally powerful On the Rock followed two years later and was also accompanied by a dub set.
Then, in 1996, the group released their first single in years, the infectious “Feeling Irie,” taken from their new album, Free to Move. This attempt to push the band’s profile higher into the mainstream came to naught, the trio had already built up a loyal fan base and remained a successful live act, as 1997’s Live Again proved. Unlike its live predecessor, this time around Israel Vibrations packed the album with crowd-pleasing favorites.
It was nine years since the trio had re-formed and signed to RAS; they’d been recording and performing steadily since, but Craig was no longer happy with their current path left the group in 1997 to pursue a solo career. His debut album, Another Moses, featured his own backing band, the Zionists.
Continuing on as a duo, Spence and Bulgin reappeared in 1999 with a new studio album, Pay the Piper, and proved that Israel Vibrations would not be defeated by this defection. Jericho following hot on Piper’s heels in the new year, while 2000 also saw the release of the limited-edition Power of the Trinity three-CD box set; Dub Combo appeared in summer 2001. Acknowledging Craig’s longtime contribution to the group, the set is evenly divided between the trio, with each disc devoted to one individual member’s greatest compositions. Israel Vibrations’s career shows no signs of slowing, and the group has firmly carved a secure niche out of what once seemed an impenetrable surface. Their popularity seems assured, and they remain a vibrant live act and an always intriguing studio group.
For over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.
perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae’s first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn’t begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica’s hotel circuit. When an early incarnation of Black Uhuru (Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson) approached Michael to join the group, he already had several solo singles to his credit. These include the original “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “Clap the Barber,” both recorded for producer Niney The Observer, and “Running Around” for Winston Campbell.
Black Uhuru’s first full length was released in 1977 and called Love Crisis. It was produced by King Jammy (then Prince Jammy), and the big hit of the album was “I Love King Selassie.” But it was not until the Showcase album was released in 1980-with a new lineup of Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones-that Black Uhuru reached their creative peak. Heartbeat reissued the set on CD (Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, HB 18), which includes the massive 12″ singles “Shine Eye Gal,” “General Penitentiary,” “Plastic Smile,” and of course, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” At the forefront of the recordings and live shows was the charismatic Michael Rose, who had incredible stage presence and a vocal style all his own. So popular was his trademark sound that singers like Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, and others embraced it as the “Waterhouse” sound.
Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Black Uhuru continued their success with albums on Island Records-Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and Anthem, along with compilations, dub albums, and live albums. They became the best-known reggae act since Bob Marley, and won the first reggae Grammy for Anthem in 1984. Even today, Island continues to capitalize on the group’s success by re-compiling and re-releasing the group’s Island years material.
With lead singer Michael Rose seemingly at the top of his game, he parted ways with Black Uhuru, with the intention of redefining his musical direction as a solo artist. In the early 1990s, Michael Rose suddenly appeared on the scene with new material including Jamaican singles produced by Sly & Robbie (“Monkey Business,” “Visit Them,” “One a We Two a We”), and three albums (Proud, Bonanza, and King of General) released in Japan.
As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today’s scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.
Regarded as one of Jamaica’s most promising young acts, the band Raging Fyah makes music that is tethered to their island’s enduring, much emulated roots rock reggae tradition yet is distinguished by an expansive vision that propels their musical journey forward. The band received critical acclaim for the intricate harmonies, nuanced musicianship and impressive songwriting skills showcased on their previous self-released albums, “Judgement Day” (2011) and “Destiny” (2014), while songs such as the redemptive “Nah Look Back” and the spiritually enriching “Jah Glory” earned comparisons to legendary reggae outfits including England’s Aswad and Steel Pulse, and Jamaica’s beloved Third World. Raging Fyah is now poised for a significant impact upon America’s vast reggae landscape (dominated by homegrown bands).
Their third album “Everlasting” (released on May 27, 2016) charted #2 and was nominated for a Grammy in 2016 for the 59th Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2017. “Working on this album was very exciting but challenging; we wanted to stay within the context of who Raging Fyah is, but we never want to box ourselves in either,” explains the band’s bassist/backing vocalist Delroy “Pele” Hamilton. “Being free spirited as musicians, we spend many hours jamming all kinds of music when we rehearse so we said why not use some of what we feel naturally on our record?” The title was chosen to convey the durability of our music.“
The band has performed in such far-flung locales as Siberia, Russia and the South Pacific island of New Caledonia; they’ve developed a significant fan base throughout Europe where they have toured extensively as well as all throughout the US. “
There’s a really creative new wave emerging in Jamaica right now; there’s the band called Raging Fyah that has the essence of classic reggae, but it doesn’t sound like old music from 50-odd years ago” (Chris Blackwell in Rolling Stone Magazine)
“Music, if not to give praise unto the Most High, give comfort to the spirit and share truth, would be for vanity, selfish ambition and inevitably amount to naught. So I sing for the King.” – Jah9
Old school blues improvisation, meets hard hitting lyrical prowess, in a rich imaginative blend of vocal clarity and complexity. She sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel. Her philosophy is profoundly spiritual, and her style is Jazz on Dub. Her style is Jazz on Dub. She is Janine ‘Jah9’ Cunningham, the third and final addition to the ministry of Reverend and Mrs. Cunningham. Her mission and music are inspired by a resolute reverence, and a determination to inspire and uplift mind and soul.
She spent her childhood in Trelawny, a rural parish on Jamaica’s west coast, rooted in traditional values and a rich cultural heritage. Upon moving with the family to the dog eat dog world of Kingston city life, the innocent writing of a curious youngster transformed into the indignant battle cries of a defiant revolutionary.
Growing up, Jah9 was taught, by example, about Christ as a consciousness, more so than a fearsome man on high who would one day render judgment. Then in University, she not only began her love affair with the heavy basslines and steady drum beats of Dub and Roots music, but also with the teachings of His Majesty. Her evolution was gradual but intensified consistently, resulting in the inevitable surrender of financial security and a “prized” place among Jamaica’s corporate community to the guiding principle of her calling, toward the Kingdom. Now, as a woman, instead of the slaughtered Lamb, the preacher’s daughter hails the Conquering Lion, the Christ with a new name, Haile Selassie I.
Jah9 has refined her craft over decades of singing on every choir available to her. She has also been a staple on Jamaica’s underground poetry and live music scenes. Her vocals resonate with a blend of textures – the emotion of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, with the sharp cutting edge of Sizzla Kalonji, on top of heavy Dub rhythms akin to Augustus Pablo and King Tubby. The resulting signature sound has led to collaborations with platinum selling producer Donovan Bennett of Don Corleon Records, Sheldon Bernard, and living legend Beres Hammond of Harmony House Music.
Jah9’s debut album – New Name – is her labour of love, a declaration of truth and her testimony of the journey toward self-actualization. The product of a great synergy with renowned Producer and now faithful friend, Rory ‘Stone Love’ Gilligan, New Name is proof that another servant of truth & light has discovered and accepted her mission.
Versatile singer / songwriter/ producer RONALD JUNIOR FRITZ (aka RANDY VALENTINE) hails from country sides of Clarendon in Jamaica. As a child growing up he was heavily influenced by his fathers love for music, which was expressed mostly via a sound sytem that his father owned called SHINING STAR SOUND.
He started off his music career in 2005 (2 years after emigrating with his family to the UK) as a local DJ, where he used to perform in clubs in and out of London which led to him working for two years on a online Radio Station SWITCH 106 where he went by the moniker DJ KWES.
In 2008, he started producing with the london-based J.O.A.T production team after meeting KEVIN ABABIO in the corridors of the hospital that he was working in at the time. Several years later (in 2010) they met and joined forces with GARY “RIGA” BURKE (Management) from the swiss based independent label HEMP HIGHER PRODUCTIONS, in an effort to focus more on RV’s vocal talents and potential career as an artist.
RANDY VALENTINE’s career has been growing from strength to strength since the release of his debut mixtape “Bring back the love” in 2012 where he sang over 13 tracks – all built upon STUDIO ONE Riddims, such as “Stalag Riddim”, “Bobby Babylon Riddim”, “Lecturer Riddim” and more… Since then, it has been described by some to be a Reggae Classic.
The official “R-V-LUTION SUMMER TOUR 2013” was one of the biggest reggae tours for a debut reggae artist and saw him perform over 20 shows in more than 10 different European countries.
After the success of his first official EP “Break The chain” (HEMP HIGHER PROD 2014), he confirmed his status as one of the leading young reggae artist as the project topped itunes reggae sales charts in over 9 countries. He has been constantly travelling the world over the past few years, and has accomplished to date:
– European tours (performing at all major reggae festivals including Summerjam, Reggaejam, Reggae GeEl and much more….)
– US media tours (including a promotional live performance at SIRIUS XM and HOT 97
– 1 Central American tour
– 1 Australian tour
– 1 UK tour
His second EP “Still Pushing” (produced by JOE ARIWA, son of legendary MAD PROFESSOR) was released the following year in 2015, and went straight to the top of the Itunes reggae charts again – confirming that Randy was not a passing sensation and was definitely here to stay.
2015 was also the year in which Randy started to explore different genres of music, as he featured on MAJOR LAZER’s EP: “Peace is the mission” (No1 on Billboard Dance / Electronic albums), and also collaborated on one of the most talked about musical projects of the year: WU TANG’s unique album copy of “Once upon a time in Shaolin”.
His latest project is a 19 track mixtape entitled “RADIO MUSIC” (which is similar in concept to his debut mixtape) recorded over a series of classic hiphop instrumentals mostly from the late 90’s (often considered one of the “golden ages” of Hip-Hop). When asked why he chose these specific instrumentals his answer was plainly ”They inspire me to inspire others”.
The raptape was premiered to the world end of January on BBC 1XTRA by SEANI B.
“My music is a message and everyone of my song dem have a purpose. You need fi just sit back and relax or stand up and jam…whatever you are moved to do (he chuckles). Just tek a listen and experience it for yourself and more important than anything else, digest my message.” explains Keznamdi.
This artist is positioned to reach the world’s stage with his eclectic blend of melodies and conscious, positive lyrics. Keznamdi’s music has also been influenced by musical icons such as Stephen Marley, Damian Marley and Chakula, the internationally known Reggae group who his parents are lead singers of. Keznamdi spent his early years touring the world and recording on their 10 albums in the recording studio located in his home, buried in the lush hills surrounding Kingston, Jamaica.
“This is not a choice or hobby for me, Music chose me. It’s a way of life and the only thing I have ever known,” explains a passionate Keznamdi, describing why his path has already been carved out in stone. With a guitar always in hand and golden locks on his head, Keznamdi’s music is just as captivating as his image. His personality and sense of humor on stage is an immediate magnet for people of all cultures. Look for Keznamdi to introduce himself to music fans with a tour across the USA and in Jamaica over the next year. Performances are being scheduled to support the release of his new EP, and even a few festival performances are on tap for this amazing artist this summer. Keznamdi is an artist to look out for in the years to come.
Creating in the name of Jah, Abja is a true musical educator, extremely talented Roots Reggae music artist, and cultural entrepreneur. Hailing from the beautiful island of St. Croix, in the Virgin Islands by way of Afrika he brings us a poignant view of true life, wisdom, history and direction of all Afrikan peoples. ABJA is a seasoned songwriter and performer singing music with strength of purpose and with a dynamically confident, yet humble stage presence. His work has taken him all over the world on many tours throughout the US, Caribbean, Europe, Senegal, Gambia, and Caracas, Venezuela. He is lyrically insightful and spiritually attuned to the challenges of modern culture and society. His music offers wisdom, spiritual healing and conscious solution to the times we find ourselves in as a culture, people, and world society.
This year Abja has performed with Jahdaan Blakkamore in Chicago and has been busy in the studio recording new works. He will be live at the One Love One Heart Reggae Festival in Woodland, California on September 2nd.
In October 2015, a BRAND NEW Ras ABJA/Iaahden Sounds EP was released feturing well-known VI Reggae Kushite Kings: AKAE BEKA (Vaughn Benjamin), RAS ATTITUDE & ANCIENT KING. The EP is available digitally on all channels.
His SUMMER 2014 “Trodding with his Majesty” tour, on the west coast was heavily attended and he was joined at select shows by Ras Attitude and other special V.I. Reggae guest artistes.
2013 delivered his long-awaited 3rd solo album: “Songs Fa Jah”. This album features title track song “Song Fa Jah”, reminding us to keep the faith and reverence for the Most High One , and “Jah is Judge”, a song in honor of the King- none be done without H.I.M. Songs Fa Jah showcases Abja’s vocal range in the Rockers tradition alongside High-Grade Reggae industry producers Ishence (Higher Bound Productions) & Jordan Jones (Jones Music).
2013’s schedule started with Abja & The Lionz of Kush sharing the bill with reggae legends Everton Blender, & Tony Rebel. They performed at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, & then all ova the West Coast & beyond. They completed an 8-stop tour teaming up with some of the hottest acts from St. Croix, Jamaica, & Puerto Rico. Their “Songs Fa Jah” tour brought them to Ukiah , the “One Love One Heart Festival” in Sacramento, Nevada City,Berkeley, Chico, Santa Cruz, & Sebastopol. “TOUR” page on the site has all the details for ABJA tours.
In 2002 Abja appeared on I Grade Records, first compilation album, Weep Not, released in November 2002. His tune “Crucial Confessions” received critical acclaim and radio play throughout the US, Caribbean and Europe.
Maintaining full strength he released his debut full-length album in 2004, Inna Red I Hour. This album showcases Abja’s insightful and poetic song-writing talents. Vocally and lyrically the album is a diverse collection of songs ranging from the blazing Rockers anthem “War” to the acoustic ballad, “Still Have Love”.
Inspired by the desire to move back home to the island of St. Croix and to buy land and build roots, he worked with top-notch local producers, and in 2006 brought forth his long-awaited sophomore album Mahogany Road. The album’s title track “Mahogany Road” is a beautiful ode to the beauty of St Croix and the love he holds for his home. The album also features the uplifting fan favorite “Don’t Feel No Way ” & next drops “Consideration” . This inspiration also led to the creation of a Caribbean based -culture shop, and online market designed and inspired by the strength of roaring Lion of Kush.
While touring California in 2007, the opportunity arose for Abja and fellow artist Army to travel to the Senegambia Coast and perform with Senegalese Band “Tim Shell” on a 5 week tour to the cities of Dakar, Goree Island, Abene, Ziguinchor, Casamance, & Kafountine. This experience led into the creation of the The Lionz of Kush Inc. , a collaboration between Abja and Kenyatta Itola and the production of Roots-inspired Kushite Music.
Continuing and creating in the name of the Most High Jah 2010 led to the building of the company and perfecting the sound that is now called Kushite Music.
The expansion of Kushite music in 2013 brings to us his third album Songs Fa Jah.
Kushite music hails from the echoes of the ghettos of the earth and stands against the false depiction in society, but rather represents the freedom and glory for all people of color and Afrikan descent. In the title track “Songs Fa Jah”, Abja combines Roots, Blues and Rebel Soul to sings songs for the love of his God and King Jah Rastafari. In “Hail Jah” we learn to hail Jah forever and hold the fire and joy while continually “Praisin’ Jah” as above so below. “Kushite” reminds us to stand true to our roots and origin as a people. “I am a Kushite” along with the album ushers us to understand that “Jah is Judge” & to see that Nubian youths don’t get a raw deal. All honor and praise to the Most High Jah Rastafari.
Attracting audiences of all ages with his original compositions, Misael Gonzalez is currently one of the best known Puerto Rican reggae artists, both nationally and internationally.
He has released different singles as a solo artist including a number of collaborations with artists like Niyorah, Raging Fyah, Pressure Bus Pipe, and one single featured in the album Songbird Riddim from I Grade Records titled “The Power Of Love.”
He has also released three albums as the singer and composer for the band Yerba Bruja, with whom he has traveled throughout the island and abroad.
Additionally, Misael has always collaborated with numerous local bands as vocalist, drummer, producer and songwriter, helping in the upkeeping of this musical genre and uplifting the quality of Reggae music in Puerto Rico.
KEITH BATLIN – GUITAR / LEAD VOCALS
RYAN BRANDVOLD – BASS / VOCALS
BRANDON HUTSON – TRUMBONE / TRUMPET / MELODICA
TANASA DANIELS – DRUMS / VOCALS
MAURICE MCCONNELL – PIANO / ORGAN
GUIDANCE BAND is a powerful force in the new movement of modern roots reggae. Based in Hawaii, their unique brand of island and rock influenced reggae music has gained the attention of audiences worldwide. Superstars Pato Banton, Half Pint and Winston Jarrett all gave special guest performances on GB debut album “The Trinity.”
Set for release March 27, 2018, the highly anticipated second album “Good Life” features both Grammy award winner Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru and dancehall queen Sister Nancy. It also features original cover art by the internationally acclaimed artist Mystic Lion.
Childhood friends Keith Batlin and Ryan Brandvold are the founders and songwriters for Guidance Band. Keith and Ryan began performing together with several groups during high school in Hawaii. After graduation they both attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. They later moved back to Hawaii as the begining stage of Guidance Band and were soon joined by Tanasa Daniels (Drums), Brandon Hutson (Trombone/Trumpet) and Maurice “Mofessor” Mcconnel (Keyboards). Together they formed the foundation of a world class sound that seems to have no boundaries.
The voice of Mada Nile was first exposed to the people in 2003 when she contributed the song “Worry No More” on the Culturellennium II compilation. Thereafter “Another Day” was released on an EP called The Life. 2004 saw the release of her debut album Rise Today on Sound V.I. Zion records, which was followed up with Many Roads released in 2007 and On My Way in 2008. Dream Big is the album she released in 2012.
The Reggae Angels are a world class roots reggae act based in the San Francisco bay area with a large music catalog of fourteen CD’s. Their latest album Rely On Him was released in October, 2017. The Reggae Angels have been recording and performing conscious roots reggae for over two decades. They recently finished a western US tour co- billing with the Abyssinians.
Rely On Him is serious message music from the Reggae Angels in collaboration with the multi-Grammy award winning legends Sly and Robbie on bass and drums and the Taxi Gang crew featuring Franklyn ‘Bubbler’ Waul on keyboards and the late Ronald “Nambo” Robinson on trombone. Also featured on the album are Dwight Pinkney on guitar and Daniel Casares on alto and tenor sax. The previous Reggae Angels album, The Way was also backed by Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang.
Rely On Him is a 12 track album with diverse arrangements, moods and messages. There is also a second 12 track dub album in the package called Fox Dubs Taxi Gang. This is original organic roots reggae at its finest. Rely On Him was recorded by Fenton and Garfield McDonald in Fenton’s recording studio in Oakland, CA called the Workshop. It was mixed and mastered by the world-renown engineer Jim Fox at the Lion and Fox recording Studio in Washington DC. Rely On Him is distributed by Zojak Worldwide and available for purchase on iTunes and a variety of other major online retailers. Physical copies are also available through a variety of traditional retailers.
Rely On Him brings the Reggae Angels catalog from strength to strength. It fires up the listener with its words of wisdom and music. Their music consists of guidance for themselves and others towards righteous living – proverbial words and music.
The Reggae Angels have performed on many US festivals including Reggae in the Hills, The Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest, Reggae on the River, The Trinity River Jamboree, The Bay Area Vibez Festival, The One Love One Heart Reggae festival, The Northwest World Reggae Fest, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, The Seattle International Reggae Festival, Reggae in the Desert in Las Vegas, The Wild Mountain Fair, The Pitzer Reggae Festival and The World One Festival in El Cerrito, CA as well as also performing on most of the major European festivals.
November 2017 the Reggae Angels toured the US co- billing with the Abyssinians. In September / October 2016 they toured backed by Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang. That was their third US tour being backed by the Rhythm Twins. The Reggae Angels have toured the US, Hawaii, Canada, South America, Europe and Africa. They have done many national and international tours opening and co-billing with conscious Jamaican roots reggae acts such as Mykal Rose, Sly & Robbie, Prezident Brown, Andrew Tosh, Everton Blender, Don Carlos, Anthony B, Junior Reid, The Abyssinians, Sugar Minott, Warrior King and Frankie Paul as well as touring on their own.
The Reggae Angels live performance is well established from years of performing big shows in diverse places on the front lines. They do dynamic high-energy rocking with a happy, uplifting sound. Their musicians are world class and their message speaks of God conscious, God centric living. For more information check their website at – www.reggaeangels.com
BIOGRAPHY: REGGAE ANGELS
Currently based in the San Francisco, CA East Bay, the Reggae Angels have been touring for more than two decades in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Hawaii, and Canada. They are well loved and respected. They have co-billed and toured with many top international reggae artists such as Don Carlos, Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang, Anthony B, Perfect, Richie Spice, Horace Andy, Michael Rose, Big Youth, The Abyssinians, Edi Fitzroy, Lutan Fyah, Carlton & The Shoes, Clinton Fearon, Everton Blender, Sugar Minott, Andrew Tosh, Prezident Brown, Shinehead, Junior Reid and Frankie Paul as well as touring on thier own.
The lead vocalist Fenton Wardle started performing for the public at the age of twelve playing his accordion in the streets in San Francisco. In 1982 he fronted his first reggae band called Ily in New Hampshire where he attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1984. In 1986 he helped form a band on the West Coast called The Chosen Few. In 1989 the band re-grouped and went by the name The Elevations. Fenton sang lead and harmony vocals and played keyboards. With the Elevations, he produced two albums – Jah Guideand Good Judgment. In 1992 Fenton started the Reggae Angels.
The Reggae Angels have one of the most extensive discographies of any American based Reggae acts. Altogether Fenton has produced fourteen albums. Guard the Honor, Truth and Conviction, Spirit, Signs and Wonders, Which Road Will You Choose, Live Positive, Come To Jah, A Heart With Love, Balance, Make Blessings, Prophetic Mission, Turn on the Light, The Way and Rely On Him. Augustus Pablo is featured playing melodica and synthesizer on the earlier works adding his melodious far eastern sound and now on the latest album Rely On Him Addis Pablo, Augustus Pablo’s son, is featured on melodica. The early mixing was done in Jamaica with top engineers including Sylvan Morris, David Rowe, Soljie, Dr. Marshall and Hugh Palmer. Scientist mixed the next four albums in Los Angeles and in the San Francisco Bay Area. The latest albums – Balance, A Heart With Love, Make Blessings, Prophetic Mission, Turn on the Light, The Way and Rely On Him – were mixed at the Lion and Fox recording studios, in Washington DC by Jim Fox.
Their latest two albums The Way and Rely On Him feature Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang. These albums are both double CD’s that include dub CD’s – Fox Dubs the Taxi Gang. The Reggae Angels currently do most of their recording in their own studio in Oakland, CA called the Workshop.
Fans of reggae know the Reggae Angels deliver high-energy performances with a happy, uplifting sound and a God conscious message. The message is universal and the musicians are world class. The lyrics contain spiritual insights and teachings. All different ages and kinds of people love and appreciate the Reggae Angels, especially the spiritually inclined. Their focus is on clarifying the message of the prophets – prophetic knowledge – sincere advice and prayers towards knowing the creator and living in balance, love and harmony with the people and the world around us. Their music is spiritual upliftment and reminders for the people..
Dancehall Diva, Sister I-Live hails from the Parish of Westmoreland, Jamaica. Her musical career started as a youth in Church and flourished to Roots Rock Reggae!
Her musical Influences include Bob Marley & The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Bunny Livingston Wailer & Barrington Levy just to name a few, but Sister I-Live brings her own flavor to the stage
complete with colorful costumes and provocative dance moves in irie Jamaican dancehall stylee while interweaving her Rasta Faith and Haile Selassie into her delivery.
Sister I-Live’s performances always energize her audiences.