Reggae’s now gone beyond race and nationality, just like Rastafari. It’s Jamaica’s gift to the world and Planet Earth loves it – not just for those irrepressible rhythms, but what the music stands for. It’s therefore no surprise to learn that fifty years after its birth, reggae’s current elite includes a singer from Sicily – one turned Jamaican national, and whose artistry has continued to grow and develop with every release. Real name Alberto D’ Ascola, he was born in the Sicilian town of Marsala. Twelve years after relocating to Jamaica following a successful singing career with the Italian band, Reggae National Tickets, Alborosie rightly ushers in the vanguard of an exciting new era for reggae.
He’s keeper of the reggae flame, no matter whether singing roots or dancehall, and drives the crowd into a frenzy with songs like Who Run The Dance on which “Puppa Rosie gets the gold and full clearance,” and revels in pitch-perfect raggamuffin talk. He’s equally adept as a singer, sing-jay or MC, and can battle it out with all comers. A keen student of Jamaican music, he’s fascinated by analogue recording techniques and plays many different instruments, including guitar, bass and keyboards. (-Reggaeville.com)
Since bursting out of Jamaica on the scene in 2001, Warrior King’s music have consistently charted not only in his native Jamaica, but also, throughout the entire Caribbean, as well as New York, London, Tokyo and beyond. Warrior King one of Jamaica’s most soulful and inspiring artist to date, and will be performing live backed by the Culture Yard Band (Reverbnation.com)
Donavan "i-taweh" Cunningham was born in the hills of St. Ann, Jamaica, just a few miles from the home where Bob Marley grew in Nine Mile. Growing up he played music with his family and friends, but his musical career started shortly after his move from the country to Kingston in 1992, beginning his first tour with High Symbol in 1994. He then went on to become the youngest member of the original Nyabhingi group, the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari, and extensively toured Europe with them. During those years he was also doing significant work as a band leader for the original "Dance Hall King" Sugar Minott and later became the guitarist for Everton Blender. After 17 years as a supporting musician, I-Taweh has written and composed 2 albums of original music- released as "Overload" under his own label TAP NAT MUZIK. His album features world class musicians such as Horse Mouth Wallace, Remi Kabaka, Sly Dunbar, Benjy Miaz, Alphonso Wilson, Computer Paul, Dean Frasier, Bongo Herman, and Count Ossie Jr. His music is diverse and reflects his passion for Human Rights and Social Justice. _________________________
Kerns Music Shop, adjacent to our main lobby, is open 2 hours prior to scheduled door time! Take advantage of food and beverage specials and get priority entry to the showroom when doors open. Must be 21 or older to enter.
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