Month: April 2015
Taj Weekes & Adowa (St Lucia)
Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Poet, Freedom Fighter, Humanitarian. This is Taj Weekes through the eyes of those who have been fortunate enough to experience his music and receive his message of love, peace, truth, triumph and hope. Many write of his deft skills as a songwriter, the uniqueness of his hauntingly beautiful falsetto, and the vibrant diversity of his musical arrangements. However when speaking with the man behind the music, one will find a simple man, dedicated to presenting pure, honest music with a simple message that transcends race, class, gender, age, and nationality. The seeds of his values and sense of his place in the world were all sown on a quiet Caribbean island many years ago.
Omolara (Delta, BC)
Omolara is a Nigerian-Canadian vocalist and performer based out of Vancouver, BC Canada.
She has been singing professionally since the age of 16. Omolara is a young, experienced talent who has performed with many Reggae and world beat collectives, including “SMALL AXE, PHD, 007 AND DUBFREQUE.”
Nattali Rize and Notis (Australia / Jamaica)
Ask her where she comes from, she’ll tell you “All Directions”. Of mixed global heritage, with dominant Native American and Samoan roots, Nattali Rize is known around the world for her work fronting epic roots band Blue King Brown as well as for her unwavering commitment to using her voice and music for the global struggle toward the realization of Full Freedom and the movement of Truth and Justice over the systemic exploitation of the people and our planet.
The ever evolving and dynamic front woman now leads out fresh as a solo artist, with a heavy Reggae influence she describes her music as World Beat. Lyrical. New Era. Whether it be performing solo, unplugged, accapella or fronting an electric band, she is Known for her high energy live performances.
Kirk Diamond (Saskatoon, SK)
2015 Juno Award nominee Kirk Diamond will be performing in Calgary for the first time.
Nominated for, “Best Reggae Recording of the Year” the 90’s dancehall style influenced “Love inna wi Heart,” Kirk Diamond is quickly establishing himself as a top Canadian reggae talent.
Kaisha Lee (Montreal, QU)
It is said eyes are windows to the soul. But the windows to Kaisha Lee’s soul are her powerful voice, introspective lyrics and harmonious melodies.
From playing piano since age six to hearing her dad sing tunes from their native Jamaica, music was always in Kaisha’s life.
With a fusion of mid to up-tempo reggae and soul-influenced R&B, Kaisha’s song topics range from life’s ups and downs to love and inspirational messages. Mostly recently, Kaisha returned to the full-album format with the December 2014 release of I Heart Reggae.
Jory Kinjo (Calgary, AB)
Calgary’s own musical super talent Jory Kinjo returns to ReggaeFest for 2015. Jory Kinjo is truly one of Calgary’s finest musicians.
Jory Kinjo is a genre bending and blending artiste of the highest nature. His current projects include MOCKING SHADOWS (Soul/R&B), Jk & the RELAYS (Ska/Reggae), GOODFOOT (Funk) and family project KINJO BROS.
Kinjo ignited a love for ska music on a European tour playing bass for Montreal band, the Planet Smashers. This inspired the formation of Ska/Reggae project, Jk & the Relays. Since then the band has rocked the 2012 Montreal Ska Festival, Calgary ReggaeFest and the 2013 Victoria Ska Festival.
Jay Douglas (Toronto, ON)
In over 45 years of entertainment, Jay has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of American Blues, West Indian Rhythms, Jazz Standards combined with fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma.
The Juno nominated reggae legend has won Canadian awards such as NOW Magazine’s Toronto’s “Best R&B Act” and “Male Reggae Vocalist of the Year” at the Annual Toronto Reggae Awards.
Over the past 10 years, Jay has performed around the world, and at annual Toronto events such as the Beaches Jazz Festival, Jerk Fest, Canadian National Exhibition, Yonge and Dundas Square, and a Taste of Lawrence.
House of David Gang (Toronto, ON)
Throughout their career House of David Gang has been known for their uplifting roots rock reggae sound reminiscent of Kingston, Jamaica’s music scene in the late 70’s mixed with a modern roots Canadian feel. The band takes its name from The House of David, an after-hours spot on Queen Street West that was a hot spot for artists from the city’s burgeoning Rastafarian and reggae community from the late 80s until the mid 90s. Now with the release of their album “Reggae Warrior” on NuFunk Records, the band continues to pave their own road as Canada’s hardest touring reggae band.
Gisto (London, ON / Nelson, BC)
Gisto is more than a Reggae artist/producer. He is changing the sound of music one song at a time. By combining the sounds of Reggae, Dancehall, Pop, Dub-Step, and Hip Hop along with his smooth one of a kind vocal styling, he creates a sound that is uniquely his own.
After years on the road as a performer and the musical director for the successful underground band ‘Wassabi Collective’, Gisto has honed his skills and is moving in his own direction. He is currently in the prime of his writing/producing career, having recent collaborations with Lutan Fyah and Marky Lyrical.
Flo (Montreal, PQ)
Born metis in France and raised in Cameroon, Martinique, North Carolina, and New York, FLO is a world citizen mixing cultures and crossing borders.
Now based in Montreal, Quebec FLO is touring Canada with fellow Canadian Reggae talent and ReggaeFest performer Auresia.
FLO’s conscious lyrics are paired with international sounds and uplifting vibes.