Month: May 2016
UNO Band (Calgary, AB / Venezuela)
Uno is a reggae band formed by three young Venezuelan men, Juan Antoni (drums/voice), Pedro Acosta (lead guitar/voice) and Arturo Rondon (guitar/voice). The Calgary-based band is well established on the local music and festival scene. They’ve played Fiestaval and Expolatino.
2016 will be Uno’s second appearance on the ReggaeFest stage.
De Bruces a Mi (Colombia)
De Bruces a Mi are a Colombian Reggae band that has been performing in Latin America for 16 years and performed with Reggae music heavyweights Capleton, Barrington Levy, Tanya Stephens, Black Uhuru, Andrew Tosh and Damian Marley.
Their music is a unique showcase of Colombia’s cultural diversity – an eclectic mix that blends Jamaican rhythms with salsa, calypso, and the champeta music native to their region. They are a very dynamic 7-piece band that will have everyone happy and dancing, and absolutely lovely people looking to connect with and learn about new people and places.
Chester Miller (Toronto, ON)
Chester Miller (reggae/dancehall performer, songwriter) hails originally from Mandeville, Jamaica and today resides in Toronto, Canada. Chester is blessed with a remarkable voice which has earned him several Canadian Reggae Music Awards including Top male performer, Top male vocalist and Top Reggae Album award for his album “Never let Jah go”, and a Juno nomination. Since the 1980’s he has been a mainstay in the Canadian Reggae music scene performing at countless gigs and festivals alongside renowned artists such as, Ernest Ranglin, Steel Pulse, Third World, Judy Mowatt and Freddie McGregor to name a few. Chester is a very accomplished, authentic and original songwriter. Chester’s most recent collection of tracks is entitled ‘EQUANIMITY’.
Warrior King (Jamaica)
Warrior King’s compositions have consistently charted not only in his native Jamaica, but throughout the entire Caribbean, New York, California, London, Tokyo, and beyond. “A Friend Indeed” received heavy rotation in Jamaica, while “Jah Is Always There” was a summer smash on Atlanta’s More Fire chart. The inclusion of “Never Go Where Pagans Go” on VP Records’ compilation set “Reggae Gold” further raised the artist’s public persona. Tracks like “Virtuous Woman,” “Can’t Get Me Down” and other compositions have built the foundation of Warrior King’s reputation, a reputation that further grew after U.S. President Barack Obama cited Warrior King as one of his favourite musical talents.
Warrior King has four internationally acclaimed albums, entitled “Virtuous Woman”, “Hold the Faith”, “Love is in the Air”, and “Tell Me How Me Sound”.
“Now the conscious singer has released his newest full-length album entitled “The ROOTZ WARRIOR.” Each song featured has a different style and the message emphasizes Purity, Truth, Strength, and Love. “
Mello Man (Winnipeg, MB)
Mello Man (aka Mr. Sweet Voice) is one of the most authentic reggae singers in western Canada. Now based in Winnipeg, Mello Man started his singing career in 1989 with the Jah Vibes band at the Black-o-Rama festival’s tribute to Bob Marley. He has toured with many major reggae artists, such as Third World, Frankie Paul, and Chevelle Franklin. Mello Man is known as one of Canada’s best new artists in terms of Lovers’ Rock and Roots. Mello has recently released his debut album entitled “Child of the Universe”.
Tasman Jude (Grande Prairie, AB)
Tasman Jude is a red hot Canadian Reggae band based out of Grande Prairie, Alberta whom, since their last ReggaeFest performance in 2014, have toured Canada and Australia twice!
Travelling thousands of miles and performing hundreds of shows over the past two years, Tasman Jude has been honing their performances, gaining thousands of fans worldwide and putting out new music regularly.
Their second full-length album Green topped the Canadian Reggae Charts on iTunes and their third full-length feature Gold is available soon.
Mr Fantastik (Vancouver, BC / Ghana)
Mr. Fantastik is a Ghana-born reggae and dancehall artist who fuses African and Jamican influences and blends them with a stage show that needs to be seen to believe.
A former circus performer and acrobat, it’s not unusual to see Mr. Fantastik show off his skills in African music, dance, acrobatics and even a fire show!
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