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Davido was born on November 21, 1992, to Chief Deji and Vero Adeleke in Atlanta, Georgia. His father is a Nigerian business magnate and his late mother was a university lecturer. He attended the British International School in Lagos. Davido studied Business Administration at Oakwood University prior to relocating to Nigeria. Davido’s interest in music started during his time at Oakwood University. He bought musical equipment and started making beats, in addition to recording vocal references.He dropped out of Oakwood University when he started getting bad grades and relocated to London, where he focused more of his energy towards vocals as opposed to production. When Davido returned to Nigeria in 2011, his music career was sidelined after he agreed to honor his father by enrolling at Babcock University. In July 2015, Davido earned a music degree from Babcock after his father paid the university to erect a music department for an inaugural class of one.
On November 30, 2017 Davido won the best African act at the MOBO Awards and also became the first African act to perform live at the awards.
On June 24, 2018, Davido became the first African-based artist to have received his award on the BET Awards main stage. His award was presented by Hollywood actor Omari Hardwick and actress Tika Sumpter. In his acceptance speech, he urged patrons and American artists to visit Africa and also enjoy the food.
Davido, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer. His 2011 single “Dami Duro” was well-received throughout Nigeria. Along with his elder brother Adewale Adeleke, Davido is the co-owner of HKN Music (a record label home to Sina Rambo, B. Red and DeeKay). He has produced songs for Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage and Sauce Kid. In April 2012, he signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria.On October 23, 2013, Davido partnered with Guinness Nigeria for the “Guinness World of More” concert.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Davido relocated to Lagos at a young age. His debut album Omo Baba Olowo, released in 2012, was initiated by the bringing out of singles “Back When” featuring Naeto C, “Dami Duro”, “All of You”, “Overseas” featuring Sina Rambo, “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon” and “Feel Alright” featuring Ice Prince. Between 2013 and 2015, Davido released the singles “Gobe“, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu“, “Aye“, “Tchelete (Goodlife)” featuring Mafikizolo, “Naughty” featuring DJ Arafat, “Owo Ni Koko”, “The Sound” and “The Money” featuring Olamide. The aforementioned singles were reportedly intended to be singles off the album, The Baddest.
In January 2016, Davido announced via Twitter that he signed a record deal with Sony Music. His announcement was met with mixed reactions. The record label put out a press release to confirm the deal. Davido started his own label, Davido Music Worldwide (DMW), few months after signing with Sony. Dremo and Mayorkun are currently signed to the label. In July 2016, Davido signed a record deal with Sony’s RCA Records.
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.
Reggae icon, Anthony B, known as the original FYAHMAN, is burning out of control, uncontained, while delivering pure fire on stages all around the world. His high-energy performance rapidly spreads throughout the audiences and his fiery lyrics, thought-provoking themes and anecdotal words stir up the minds, and his musical beats blaze their bodies. He’s a one-of-a kind performer that literally reached heights that few of his contemporaries can match.
Embodying all that is revolutionary and socially conscious about Reggae music, this artist has been steadfast in his mission to uplift the poor and oppressed, using timely lyrics to confront political injustice and bring the issues of the people to the forefront. In the process, he has raised the performance standards and lyrical content with the industry, as he delivers a multifaceted stage show that attracts diverse audiences from around the globe. This artist’s live performances are one of the genre’s most dynamic.
Since 1992, Anthony B has headlined stages with his energetic, creative style hitting real life issue with powerful songs. His shows engage his audience who sing his extensive catalog of songs word-for-word including the Reggae industry anthem songs “Fire Pon Rome” and “Raid Di Barn” that address issues of economic and social injustice in Jamaica.
Anthony B explains, “When we say ‘burn fire’ we don’t mean take a match and light somebody, we are saying get rid of the things that are no good for humanity.”
Anthony B is recognized as a pioneer and representative for conscious Reggae music delivered through his performances around the globe including New Delhi, India, Czech Republic, Poland, Iceland, Argentina, Venezuela and on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
This Reggae veteran is at the top of his game appearing on the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues. Key events throughout the artist’s career have included a 1999 appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In 2003 and 2004 he was given a king’s welcome in Gambia and Senegal. In 2004 he sold out shows in Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany. In 2007 he appeared on Roskilde Festival in Denmark. In 2008 he performed on Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica and in 2012 he performed at Chiemsee Reggae Summer in Germany. In 2009, 2011 and 2014 he performed at Summerjam in Germany.
In 2014 and 2015 he appeared at Rototom Festival in Spain. In August 2016, Anthony B headlined the 32nd annual Reggae on the River Festival, closing out the last night of the event. In May 2016 Anthony B performed on the Gazebo music program on RAI TV in Italy, being only the third Jamaican Reggae artist to ever appear on a national broadcast other than Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, who both had appeared on separate occasions.
His heavy touring schedule has not slowed Anthony B’s stream of releases with 30 albums to date and over 1000 singles plus guest appearances on over 100 albums in the last 15 years. Beginning in 2008 he released albums under his own Born Fire Music label imprint.
He continues to gather the attention of other top artists. Anthony B collaborations with Bone Crusher, Akon, Wyclef Jean, and Snoop Dogg are a few worth mentioning. His 2017 release of the single “Best of The Best” featured a collaboration with Reggae’s top performers, Capleton and Sizzla, that included a playful animated video of the three.
Anthony B’s musical journey started in the church, back when he was still known as Keith Anthony Blair in Clark’s Town in the parish of Trelawny. In this part of rural Jamaica, Anthony B was immersed in the thunderous chants and rhythms of Revivalism and the Seventh Day Adventist church where he honed his vocal style.
In his formative years, the artist was also inspired by the music of Otis Redding and the incomparable Peter Tosh. When Anthony B left his home town and set out to make his fateful mark on Kingston’s music scene in 1992, he rebuked the trend of girl-and-gun lyrics, popular at that time, and remained faithful to words of spiritual consciousness and social conviction, a tendency he has never strayed from throughout his career.
Anthony B’s rich vocals and audacious lyrics carry consistency and substance which are both rare in an industry affected by trends towards the extreme. Internationally his fan base has grown due to his engaging stage presence and the lyrical delivery of the universal concerns of suffering and salvation. As the artist explains, “The greatest thing about Reggae music is that it’s about concepts and ideas; you are speaking to people on issues they live and can relate to.”
He continuously proves himself to be one of Reggae’s most prolific and engaging artists, an electrifying performer, whose music ignites the public’s social conscience.
LIVE PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS:
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.
Pato Banton: The Truth Revealed
A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten.
Positive Vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience. Pato dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current day events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun! The direction of the concert is totally based on the feedback Pato receives from the audience as there is no fixed set list. Many have said that the positivity
generated from the stage has changed their lives forever. Sometimes Pato invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show, where some have cried while sharing their stories of contemplated suicide, isolation after losing a loved one, struggles with substance abuse and how their personal connection with Pato has given them the strength to “Stay Positive” & “Never Give In.”
The following Pato Banton story charts his rise from the most disadvantaged of circumstances in his youth, through a long and successful career as a world renowned reggae legend, back to his roots with a commitment to work for the benefit of young people in his community, and finally on a mission to spread the “Good News” & “Positive Vibrations” to the “Now Generation”.
In The Beginning
Patrick Murray was born in London in 1961, and moved to Birmingham when he was 8 years old. Pato’s stepfather (Lester Daley) was a DJ fresh from Jamaica and the house in which they lived became the weekend night spot for the local community. Pato was the lookout for these illegal parties, working on the door from the age of 9. In his early teens Pato started to gain his musical foundation on his stepfathers’ sound system called V-Rocket, from helping set up the equipment at first to later selecting the music and trying his skills on the microphone. Patrick would stay up all night entertaining the masses and was given the name Patoo by his stepfather. (The name derives from a wise night owl in Jamaica, that stays up all night, calling “patoo, patoo.”)
By the age of 16, Ranking Pato became well known around Birmingham and would get regular work from various leading sound systems across the city. Within a short space of time, Pato became the number 1 MC in Birmingham, winning the title seven years in a row. At the age of 19 while working for Sufferer Sound System, Pato was invited to join a local roots reggae band called Crucial Music. Within a year Pato became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager, taking the band on tours of the UK and Europe. Pato’s first recording was a double A sided single with Crucial Music entitled “All Night Raving & Sensimilla.” After five years, Pato’s notoriety as a British MC outgrew the popularity of the band, and he was forced to move on……..
The Early 1980’s
During the early part of his career, Pato participated in a talent show where he was proclaimed the winner by judges Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. This culminated in the single, “Pato & Roger A Go talk”, which appears on the Beat’s gold selling album, Special Beat Service. Shortly thereafter Pato performed the hit songs, “Hip-Hop Lyrical Robot” and “King Step” on UB40’s Baggariddim and Little Baggariddim albums, which also featured the chart topping, “I Got You Babe” with guest artiste Chrissie Hines.
Pato’s first audition at Fashion Records impressed the producers so much that they instantly changed his name to Pato Banton. (In DJ circles a “Banton” is a heavyweight lyricist, thus in England, Pato became “The Banton”) His second single, “Allo Tosh Got a Toshiba” (recorded for Don Christie on Jamdon Records) reached number 3 in the independent reggae charts and launched a string of successful projects with Fashion Records, Greensleeves & Island Records. During this time Pato teamed up with top London MC Tippa Irie and under the guidance & management of GT Haynes they traveled around the world and recorded songs like, “Double Trouble”, “Dance Pon De Spot” and “Dem No Know Bout Pressure”.
The Mid 1980’s
Looking for an avenue to express his conscious lyrics, Pato approached Neil Frasier at Ariwa Records and recorded his first album, “Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton” which is still regarded as an all time reggae classic!
Hungry for the feel of performing live, Pato joined up with a band of Birmingham’s top local musicians called the Studio 2 Crew. After a year of rehearsals and shows around the UK and Europe, Pato went on to record his second album “Never Give In!”
It was at this time that Roberto Angotti, (a popular Radio DJ and pioneer of British Reggae, who hosted a show called The Reggae Revolution on LA’s top alternative rock station KROQ) was invited to the UK by UB40 to document the making of their “Geoffrey Morgan” album.
Roberto was directed to check out a local club and spotted the talented Banton “mashing down the house!” After reporting his experience back to the band, UB40 keyboardist Mickey Virtue, gave Roberto a copy of Pato’s hit single “The Boss” and a contact to Pato’s Manager, GT Haynes.
This led to Roberto inviting Pato to the USA to work with local musicians on the live circuit and to record a song with the San Diego based rock band, Private Domain. While at KROQ, Pato wrote and recorded his parts to the track entitled “Absolute Perfection” and the song became an instant radio hit and reached No.1 in the music charts of Peru.
With his popularity growing rapidly, Pato renamed his band “The Reggae Revolution” and began touring extensively. The buzz about Pato Banton’s live shows sparked the interest of IRS Records. A contract was signed and “Never Give In!” was released in America and then globally. Such classic songs as “Don’t Sniff Coke” “Handsworth Riot” “Gwarn” and “Settle Satan” established this recording to what many consider to be a timeless reggae masterpiece.
Pato’s third album, “Visions of the World” was released in 1989 and reflected the experiences and inner growth of a rising star. After tours with Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Burning Spear, Third World, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown and Steel Pulse, Pato secured his place and respect as one of the best live performers in the reggae industry.
His fourth album “Wize Up (No Compromise)” demonstrated Pato’s awareness of social issues and his strengthening spirituality. This recording featured the talents of Peter Spence, Drummie Zeb of Aswad, and guest vocalist David Hinds of Steel Pulse. Following this album and associated worldwide tours, Pato’s fith album, “Live and Kicking All Over America”, was released in 1992. This album demonstrated the immense loyalty of Pato’s fans and his charisma as a live performer.
Pato’s sixth album was “Universal Love”, an inspiring collection of original soul stirring classics. This CD also featured “Go Pato”, inspired by his then manager, Makeda Dread, (of the World beat Center in San Diego) who took note of the fans’ chanting at his shows. This song became an instant hit, especially in South America where it became the number 1 and most played song in most countries.
Hit After Hit – UK and Worldwide Chart Success
For the 1994 compilation album “Collections”, Pato reunited with Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 to record a cover of Eddy Grants single “Baby Come Back”. The song became a worldwide hit, achieving top 5 rating in over twenty countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan and across Europe. Pato Banton became a household name in the UK, as this single stayed at number 1 for four weeks in the British charts. Pato’s success continued with “Bubbling Hot”, another duet with Ranking Roger (which was also a top twenty hit in the UK.)
In 1996 Pato joined forces with international pop icon Sting, on a reggae remix of “This Cowboy Song.” This track earned a top ten place in the UK and South American charts. While performing together live on the UK’s Top of the Pops, Pato and Sting were joined by rock star/comedian Jimmy Nail in a show-stopping performance, which led to Sting flying Pato and the Reggae Revolution on his private jet to perform with him on a nationally televised media event in Spain, which showcased other mega stars like Madonna and George Michael.
Pato’s ninth album, “Stay Positive”, was a blend of classic reggae sounds with messages of peace, love and spiritual unity. From this album came the hit single “Groovin” (with Steve Morrison of the Reggae Revolution) and another successful collaboration with Sting, to re-make the Police classic “Spirits in a Material World”, which was included on the soundtrack of the Jim Carey movie “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”.
After six years of chart success and continuous touring, Pato decided to step away from the music business and continue on his path of Positivity. In the comfort of his own home studio, Pato acquired the help of long time friend and top producer Paul Horton to recorded his tenth album “Life is a Miracle”, which gained a Grammy Nomination and clearly defined the lyrical, musical, and spiritual growth of this outstanding artiste.
Peter Gabriel’s organization, WOMAD, recognized Pato’s talents and invited him to headline a series of shows across the world. While on tour Pato was able to undertake music workshops for disadvantaged children in many cities and was actually allowed inside a maximum security prison in Sicily to lead a live music session with young offenders. This tour took Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution to Europe, Australia, North & South America, Malaysia, Singapore & South Africa. But during this time Pato began to feel as though he had fulfilled his goals as an artist and felt guided to refocus his energies within his own community. Whilst touring America, Pato was informed that two of his sons had been shot in a drive by shooting. Although they both survived, this news confirmed in Pato’s mind that it was time to follow the call to scale down his career as a performer in order to put something back into his home town of Birmingham, England.
2000 – 2004 Working in the Community
Within months Pato moved his Gwarn International Studios into a local community setting and created a small team of family and friends. Before the doors were even opened, the Principal of a local college invited Pato and all his staff members to set up an exciting new music department where they could offer courses in Sound Engineering, Vocal Tuition, Keyboard and Guitar lessons, DJ Mixing and Music Technology.
Despite leaving school at an early age and with no qualifications, Pato took the opportunity while at Matthew Boulton College to advance his own education. He successfully completd a Level 1 & Level 2 course in Teacher Training and a course in Counseling Skills.
During this same period Pato created a community network called Musical Connections, a program designed to put music equipment and computers into 16 youth centers (including centers for young offenders). He also trained many community tutors how to deliver basic courses in Music Technology to the young people that attended their centers. Next Pato set up a Community Classroom in the college so that young people who were talented or very interested in music, but had no formal qualifications had the opportunity to achieve a college education through music.
With the support of Viv Taylor (the Head of Community Safety in Handsworth), Pato launched another community project called Muzik Links in 2001. The aim of this venture was to attract young people who were at risk, in care, or involved in crime and gang activities. This project gave hundreds of youths the opportunity to be involved in professional recordings, dance troupes and live performances. On many occasions Pato would volunteer his services as counselor, mentor or public speaker and by performing at local community events.
By the end of 2002, Pato set up his own School of Musical Arts And Technology (SMAAT) and with his entire team relocated to the city center. Within weeks they were approached by South Birmingham College, who offered to employ the services of Pato and his co-workers. Pato agreed to a partnership and accepted the role of Assistant Director of Creative Studies. The success at the college combined with his role in community centers, high schools, a kindergarten and many prisons around the UK, led to Pato’s work becoming recognized across the region. In a partnership with the West Midlands Police Force called Project Ventara, it is noted that Pato’s involvement helped to reduce the number of gun related incidents across the city. Accordingly, Pato was nominated and awarded with the BBC’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment to positive change. In the same year Pato received the Black Music Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his contribution to the British Music Industry and on the day the Birmingham Museum opened its doors to the Reggae Hall of Fame, Pato was formally honored alongside UB40 and Steel Pulse.
2005 A New Era
A period of deep reflection and meditation left Pato feeling guided to continue his musical journey. In early 2005 Yahe Boda (a consecrated spiritual teacher and forerunner) invited Pato to do a short tour across America to “Gather the People in Praise.” This led to Pato phasing out his community commitments and with renewed energy to take on the challenge of recording the inspired double album entitled “The Words of Christ.” (a narrated album of Christ’s teachings taken from the Urantia Book)
Poised to re-launch his career from the USA, Pato decided to reach out again to his close friend Roberto, and a partnership was formed. Although Pato had been away from the live concert circuit for many years, he had a place in the minds and hearts of the masses. Pato’s remarkable reputation as being a first rate showman was evidenced in the grand reception to his comeback and the rave reviews from the media and fans alike. After two short tours with Sol Horizon & DubCat, a twist of fate saw Pato join forces with the very popular, Mystic Roots Band (voted top Reggae Band by the Los Angeles Music Awards). After a successful tour starting in Hawaii and then across the mainland of the USA & Canada, Pato took the band into the studio and recorded the “Positive Vibrations” album.
With plans for more tours, another album and future collaborations, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for such a truly inspirational artist.
Nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for the album “Life Is A Miracle”
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.