In the vast world of Music TikTok, there is one soul brave enough to educate the masses about the unfairly maligned genres of ska and ska-punk: that person is JER, aka @SkaTuneNetwork. A music educator and trombone player in ska group We Are The Union, the self-proclaimed CEO of Ska is always willing to talk about their favorite genre, whether demonstrating the rhythmic differences between ska and reggae, explaining the history of ska, recommending ska bands or practitioners of unique ska sub-genres like ska jazz, or enthusiastically “skanking” to their favorite ska songs until the genre gets the “recognition it deserves” (92 days of skanking and counting). They have an enviable skill for explaining complex issues about the public perception of ska music into concise and passionate videos, and maybe, just maybe, if they skank hard enough, JER will usher in a fourth wave of ska all on their own.
Taffari is a Jamaican singer who was born as Boris Anthony Silvera. From the tender age of 14 he decided to become a professional singer. Taffari has a remarkable and recognizable singing voice which has brought him on a long journey in his music career. This journey is not only a result of his astonishing voice but also his inspirational and spiritual lyrics. Evidence of this can be seen in his first album, “Addicted to Music “. This album was released in 2004 by ALTAFAAN Records – a label which he is a member of.
The success of this album and the single of the same title brought Taffari to perform on festivals all over Europe. He then moved to Germany and lived there for a while. During this time, he met the musicians of BuffBaff Records aka The Evolution Band. This was very instrumental for both the band and Taffari as this was their first appearance on international festivals.
Unfortunately, in 2006 the common path was interrupted when Taffari moved back to Jamaica. For almost a full decade, he lived in seclusion as a means of renewing and rejuvenating his inner strength. Taffari then led us know that this eremitical era came to an end in 2015 with the release of “Life Changes “, (World A Reggae Entertainment) – a relic of Peter Tosh’s “Rastafari Is” instrumental.
The reunion between Taffari and the Evolution Band initiated when Giuseppe “BigFinga” Coppola (drummer of The Evolution Band and producer) sent Taffari some instrumental tracks. One of the instrumentals drew his attention instantly and during that moment the lyrics for “Reggae Inna My Soul” came out spontaneously and it all fitted together.
“Reggae Inna My Soul”, is the first release of a song by Taffari on BuffBaff Records.
Acclaimed reggae-rock group Roots of Creation drops “Mammoth” Today! The new single is the third release from the highly anticipated album Dub Free or Die due out this Spring. Created as an ode to the fans, the new single is an epic RoC jam session with influences ranging from heavy metal, rock, reggae, and even EDM. The song first appeared with Top Shelf Magazine who hailed, “ “Mammoth” is dripping with heavy rock vibes, as Roots of Creation sprinkles their signature reggae dub echo and reverb interludes in between. Laden with EDM elements for contrast, “Mammoth” twists and turns in such unexpected ways that it keeps listeners attentive from the first note to the last.”
The new song comes out on the heels of their Kickstarter campaign funding their 8th full length studio album Dub Free or Die Vol #1. Like many, the road warrior band pivoted in 2020 in light of COVID-19. Brett Wilson, bandleader and guitarist, reflects, “Dramatically shifting from doing over 150 shows a year for more than a decade and hugging each & every one of our fans at the merch table night after night to makeshift live streaming from the basement, going through a divorce, and becoming a remote learning teacher slash principal for my 8 year old daughter….man, it was jarring.”
During this time the band dove into the new normal by adapting to regular livestreams across all platforms and even performed at live streamed festivals including California Roots, Dazed Between Festival and many more. Taking the lemons we were all handed last year and making some vibey lemonade, Roots of Creation even landed on Pollstar’s “Top 100 Livestreamers Chart for 2020” at an impressive Number 33!
While the pandemic may have thwarted their touring plans, it could NEVER stop RoC from CREATING.
Focusing on music the band also created the new album Dub Free or Die Vol 1. It is their first self-produced album made for the Roots of Creation DIE HARD fans who love that progressive rock and jam meets reggae sound. Brett adds, “the upcoming record Dub Free or Die vol #1 is all about focusing on our instrumental songwriting. It was created for our diehard fans who travel to multiple shows a year, listen to bootlegs, pay attention to setlists and always score the latest merch drops. We are extremely blessed to have our tribe of ‘RoC family’ members to be there to support us through these crazy uncertain times and let us experiment, create and have a blast. These compositions tend to lend themselves to progressive rock, improvisation, soundscapes, rapid genre switches, and Dub Reggae EFX.”
Andrew Riordan RoC sax player and album producer adds, “Personality, this album is very special to me. The band was kind enough to let me produce and take the reins of a lot of the music in this project. It was also the last project I completed in my old studio before I remodeled and gave it an overhaul. There are pieces of gear that I used that are no longer in service; that I think gives the record a certain sound. That also makes this project feel special. I’m really happy and excited for all our fans to hear the record.
The new Kickstarter campaign is full of choice backer rewards, including early access to new RoC music, test pressings of the new album, personalized songs written by RoC, private full-length livestream concerts, and even private backyard concerts! Brett concludes, “It’s 2021. We’re done talking about last year and we’re not gonna let it all happen again THIS YEAR. Roots of Creation spent ages building ourselves up, touring like crazy, all while still making records. We can’t really play shows right now, so this is us saying ‘Hey, we’re going to continue to adapt.’” Check out the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rootsofcreation/roots-of-creation-dub-free-or-die
Dub Free or Die Vol. 1 will be released publically and digitally later this Spring, with Kickstarter backers getting the new music BEFORE the general public. CD/Vinyl will release shortly thereafter, as vinyl plant timelines seem to shift week to week.
Indubious’ highly anticipated full-length album The Bridge is out now on Easy Star Records. The record finds a strong balance between Indubious’ unique production and sound coupled with an all-star lineup of guests including Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B, Jah9, Mike Love, Zion I, Wookiefoot, and others. Stream or purchase the album now at http://moremusic.at/TheBridge. The four singles that preceded the album release helped push the Bend, OR-based trio to new highs of listeners, streams, and fan activity, which is expected to continue growing, especially once the band can get back on the road.
Evton and Skip, brothers and bandmates (along with drummer Matty T. Wells), have cultivated a dedicated fan base, affectionately called Indubians, with their impressive instrumental skill, powerful harmonies, and an electrifying stage presence. In addition to their memorable live shows, which have put them on numerous U.S. festival stages, as well as on tour with The Movement, Stephen Marley, and others, Indubious are no strangers to chart success. Their 2019 album Beleaf debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and #2 on the iTunes Reggae Chart, which marked a new high for the band building on the previous success of their 2017 album From Zero, which debuted at #6 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and #8 on the iTunes Reggae Charts. With The Bridge, Indubious is poised for a big breakout year.
The Bridge came to life with the intention to bridge Jamaican reggae artists, west coast reggae, and the “Medicine Music” genres. The album successfully manages to pull these scenes and artists together across 12 diverse tracks. Skip explains, “The Bridge was a very special project for us, because we had the privilege of working with our absolute top tier favorite artists. Sort of a dream come true, especially with how seamless it was artistically.” He adds, “Since its inception, reggae music has always been a vehicle for the transcendence of suffering, and a prayer of the power of love. A way to honor the truth at the root of the human experience. A heartbeat, a meditation, a prayer for good over evil. This heartbeat quickly spread to every area of the world stage and has become a mainstay in the spiritual music scene – occasionally leaving behind the true meaning and depth behind its original soul-cry. Fast forward to today, as cultures merge at an increasing rate, and the music expands, it was our aim with The Bridge to extend honor and respect to the spiritual roots of divinity and dignity that shaped the original founders – and to bring forth a musical future, rich with honor for The King’s music, Mother Earth, and the mystical revelations foretold in its original message.”
The album was recorded in Bend, Oregon, at Indubious’ Righteous Sound Studios, which involved a lot of long-distance collaborations, due to travel restrictions, but didn’t stop the project from coming together in an organic and compelling way. The first single “Neva Bow” features Zion I and is about a mindset of fear-based mentality that is unconsciously embraced by otherwise good-hearted people. The aim and message of the song is to bring awareness to how we hold our energy as creators. The song is accompanied by a vivid and dynamic video. The second single making an impact is “The Throne,” featuring Capleton. This heavy-hitting track is an inspirational reminder of your royalty and divinity, and that truth and light will always sit on the Throne.
“Ease and Flow,” is also making waves, with Hawaiian-based singer-songwriter Mike Love joining Indubious, with a fun video showcasing them all road tripping through scenic and frozen Okanogan County, Washington. The most recent single, “The Offering,” features Sizzla and Skillinjah and is a synthy, hip hop-style banger about seeing through the veil of illusion in the world and offering love in the face of adversity. An anthem about honing our inner vibration to spread joy and unity in everything we do, no matter the situation or challenge. The album closing track (“I Can Breathe”) is a deeply personal song to the band: Evan and Skip were born with a degenerative and often fatal disease called Cystic Fibrosis, leading Evan to eventually have a double lung transplant. This song is a peek into their mentality of seeing the positive within the challenges put before them and having gratitude for the breath of life that so many of us take for granted. This battle with Cystic Fibrosis has been a huge part of their life, and also had a huge effect on Indubious, as it has often sidetracked their climb within the scene, but Evton and Skip have both always worked positively through these setbacks, focusing instead on growth, spiritual health leading to physical health, and finding inspiration for their music and life journey.
Indubious has produced their most personal and dynamic album to date and is eager to share it with the world. The band concludes, “We are all so very grateful for such an amazing opportunity to share our deepest prayers and hearts with you in the form of this musical and spiritual expression. If our music can do one thing alone, our wish is that it helps you remember who you are, your power as a Creator- to know how special, needed, and valuable you are to the grand scheme of life and inspires your gratitude for the Breath of Life. Every thought you think shapes reality for everyone around you. To choose these things wisely and with purpose is a superpower.”
The east coast based psychedelic reggae hip-hop duo Space Kamp is excited to announce their new video for “Waiting for Summer” out now!
The east coasters, dreaming of warmer days, wrote the new song in the dead of winter. Featuring Space Kamp’s upbeat positive outlook both lyrically and sonically Space Kamp notes, “We wanted to release a song that gives everybody that summer feel a little early!” They continue, “We all tend to just feel better and stay on a higher vibration in the summer, being in the North East winter can get pretty grim. In some ways we are all Waiting for Summer.. We try to stay on that vibe all year round.” Set to be this season’s jam “Waiting for Summer” sweeps the listener away into summer bliss as Adoo sings, “Summer forever //Palm trees all day //sunrays no shade //Lemonade homemade //Highway unpaved //Renegades, eyes glazed…”
For the new song, Space Kamp worked virtually with B.C. based, Juno award winning producer Rob the Viking. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions Space Kamp was unable to travel to Canada to lay down the song with their friend and long time producer. Vocals were recorded at Marsten House in Philadelphia with engineer Ethan Mintz and sent to Rob the Viking who arranged and composed song using live instrumentation at The Chamber studios. Space Kamp comments, “Rob is really dialed in to our sound and where to take us sonically, the studio musicians he is bringing in are amazing and are really helping us create something honest and timeless.”
Known for looking at the brighter side and reflecting back at 2020 Space Kamp comments, “Outside of personal struggles we all have had over the last year, the downtime has actually really helped us as a group. Not being able to tour has been rough but we have been able to really dial-in and get more creative. We have also grown tighter as friends.”
The new song will be on the upcoming album Butterfly Effect (BE). Taking their time to pull together the album, Space Kamp will be releasing new material regularly with tour dates coming together.
Catch the new song here: https://www.spacekamp420.com/tunes
Watch the new video here: https://youtu.be/inJs_Sk5CNY
And PennCanna fest here: http://www.penncannafest.com/
“The song feels like the kind of anthem you could jump along to with a smile on your face, and its positive message is one we could all use right now.” – Glide Magazine
“With “500 Miles,” Space Kamp generates a song rife with a chill, sonic mass, and trembling auras, forming a nuanced tune, simultaneously melodic, and swashbuckling.” –Tattoo.com
““Girl Like You” is your quintessential love song, that moment of recognizing and appreciating finding the person you’re meant to be with.” –Topshelf Music
“On “Life’s A Beach,” Space Kamp amalgamates yummy reggae aromas with the boom and pop of hefty, undulating, captivating hip-hop.” – Rhyme Junkies
San Diego based band Jus Goodie is excited to announce their new song “Better Left Unsaid.” Delivering thought provoking lyrics with an infectious groove, Jus Goodie presents a cool fresh sound with a powerful message. “Better Left Unsaid” is out today and available everywhere!
Reflecting back on the new song, Jus Goodie’s comments, “It is a song about the importance of being tenacious, and showing that actions speak much louder than words. The title “Better Left Unsaid” delivers the overall message of this song in three short words, while encouraging the idea that some things are simply “Better Left Unsaid.”” The new song is a fusion of vibrant reggae sounds mixed in with a little Jazz for a laid-back flavor. Packed with pointed lyricism that inspires reservation over exaggeration Jus Goodie sings Don’t tell me bout how great you are and what you can do if what you say is true just show me the proof // Even when you don’t wanna // just put a smile on your face…
The new song came about after a writing session with Bubby Hustle. They recall, “This song was created in a very cool and original way, much different than our typical approach. The lyrics were written for this song and passed over to Eric Hirschhorn as an A cappella. Eric crafted the amazing arrangements underneath lyrics and melodies that were already formed.”
With the lyrics in hand Eric Hirschhorn (Rebelution) composed and arranged the song. He also added in his brassy touches to pull together the truly unique song. Other notable musicians include Zeb Dekofsky (Tribal Seeds) on Drums and Dauven Ducusin on Guitar. The new song was tracked at various locations including Tribal Studios and Rockaway Studios, andit was Mixed and Mastered by Nic Chaffee of Woodshed Music.
“Better Left Unsaid” is the newest single from JUS GOODIE and will be on the highly anticipated album due out this Fall. Delivering fully on their ethos to reach people through music, the new song delivers sonically, and presents positive change while it captivates the listener with uplifting lyricism, and catchy rhythms.
The San Diego based band, Jus Goodie, is led by band leaders Jus Goodie and Zan. Together with their band, they combine the elements of modern and vintage reggae, rock, Motown soul, and classic R&B to form music rooted in messages of liberation and love. The band is known for their production concepts,performance skills that hypnotize, powerful silky smooth vocals and harmonies, and diversity of sounds and lyricism. Having honed their sound on the road, Jus Goodie has headline tours throughout the US and has graced the stage alongside iconic acts including Luciano, Gregory Isaacs, Morgan Heritage, Anthony B, Damian Marley, Matisyahu, and Tribal Seeds to name a few.
Jus Goodie plans to release their 4th studio album in September 2021. In the meantime, catch the new song here: https://ps.onerpm.com/6712492044 L
And check out their socially distant and COVID cautious tour dates here: https://www.jusgoodiemusic.com/tour.
“This is set to a soundtrack of that includes bright and soulful brass and saxophone, a slinky organ, and a laid back reggae groove to make for a tune that feels sunny and optimistic.” – Glide Magazine
Atlanta based producer Matt Mansfield aka Piper Street Sound has created a collaborative EP of instrumental Reggae music with legendary Reggae guitarist Andy Bassford (Toots and the Maytals, Dennis Brown, Horace Andy, Culture, Roots Radics). Black Eyed Peace follows 2020’s Small Plate / Rid Them EP but puts a focus on guitar melodies masterfully executed by Maestro Bassford. The songs still bear Piper Street’s customary horn heavy and dub infused style but move into some new territory; elements of Rocksteady abound, major keys now bounce alongside their minor key brethren, Yaya Brown’s akete drumming prods and propels the rhythms carved by the ultra-tight drumming of Brian Daggett and the bass of Mansfield, Chris Case’s keyboard mastery blazes alongside the horns of Will Scruggs, Jonathan Lloyd and Dashill Smith.
Black Eyed Peace is a collaborative affair pieced together gradually over the course of the pandemic, the horn sessions miraculously took place the week before everything shut down, and all other elements were recorded in home studios and electronically gathered by Matt, who acted as track-herd and trail guide, scouting ahead, blazing a path while shooting fearful glances behind at the specter of disease and death that shadowed the procession through the forest of fear.
Piper Street Sound found a sacred glade, a clearing in the forest with room for hope, and got to work building a fire with his fellows, over which to craft this musical brew, heavily dosed with dubwise analog effects, shimmering and splashing spring reverbs, rich and hearty tape delays, the guitar mastery of a musical hero floats atop as frothy foam, and love for humanity is the base malt. Here it is. Won’t you take a sip?
Listen to the first single: https://piperstreetsound.bandcamp.com/track/black-eyed-peace
Over the past few months, we saw Jamaica’s Peter Lloyd feature on BBC Radio for his cover of John Lennon’s ‘Woman’. Peter Lloyd is now gaining momentum and is already working towards his third full-length album to be dropped later this year. We had a chance to sit down with Peter for an exclusive interview on TheBestOfReggae.com.
Hi Peter, how are you and what are you up to today?
I am blessed and grateful for life love and music. I just concluded my morning routine; an hour of Yoga, ten mins of meditation, weight training, then my day begins—meetings, interviews, studio etc. In the afternoon, I pick up my daughter from school then it’s all about her.
You did a cover of John Lennon’s ‘Woman’. What inspired you to cover the song?
I am a huge fan of the genius in John Lennon. ‘Woman’, I believe is a great ode to women. I have always thought the track was REAL—no fairy tale romance, just a man speaking honestly about who he aspires to be, to the woman he aspires to be worthy of. It was a friend who knew my thoughts regarding this particular song by John Lennon who suggested I cover this classic.
The track, now out, is being embraced globally by music consumers, industry persons, my peers and my Peter Lloyd Nation. I am happy and humbled. Praise Jah.
Apart from John Lennon, what other artists do you really like and why?
This answer may take forever.
Donny Hathaway is my all-time favorite vocalist. Reggae icon, the late and great Dennis Brown is a remarkable vocalist, who alongside rock-steady great Alton Ellis revolutionized the way reggae artists sang; Beres Hammond and Jimmy Cliff’s songwriting skills; Bob Marley’s drive, discipline and power; Kendrick Lamar’s poetry; hip-hop icons Jay Z, Tupac, and Biggie Smalls; NWA’s lyrical flow, content and revolution; The Beatles’ sheer brilliance; Nina Simone, Strange Fruit—amazing artists. Rihanna’s style—how she connects, the Rolling Stones is amazing live, Michael Jackson—greatest performer, Prince—genius… the list is endless.
I am continually hearing new artistes that positively impact me. I seek continued growth and to be the best me as a performer, artist, producer and songwriter.
How did you meet Dean Fraser and how did you get to work with him?
Dean Fraser and I met when I first entered the musical journey. Dean was open, helpful and giving. We have worked together on and off for many years. We use the word genius too often but in truth Dean is a genius. ‘Woman’ could not have been produced by anyone else for me. He brings out the best in everyone he works with. I consider Dean a teacher but also a brethren (friend).
Do you have any funny stories from being on the road?
Years ago, we were doing a tour across the island of Jamaica. One of the stops after the gig, one of the performers was accidentally left behind. As the tour bus pulled out it was funny as heck to see him running with his shoes in hand trying to catch the bus. He did, but it was really funny. Also from touring Germany a few years ago, we had a stop in Dortmund and it was raining like crazy—sold out show. In the middle of the set, I jumped and did a split. My pants ripped open in the crotch. It got breezy really fast… I have endless stories.
If you weren’t a musician what would you be?
A teacher. I love children, and I enjoy sharing with curious minds. I still think I do some teaching in my music. I hope my words and deeds conveys love.
So we know you have just released your single, ‘Woman’. What have you got coming up that you think people should know about? Are we expecting an album or tour?
‘Woman’ is the first single from my third full length studio album that drops later this year. The album has not yet titled. We are also about to announce dates for my annual USA tour which happens in July. We are also contemplating a return and more extensive UK tour. I also have a soup kitchen project that I want to launch in Montego Bay, Jamaica this year and other projects that are in the initial stages.
And finally, do you want to leave a message for our readers on The Best of Reggae?
Know that you are special. Believe it. See it in your minds eye and strive to be the best you possible. I LOVE YOU ALL.
About Peter Lloyd:
As featured on BBC Radio Leicester, BBC Radio Merseyside, Reggaeville, and Female First, international artist Peter Lloyd is well-known in Jamaica mostly for his music and also due to his notable acting career featuring in Walt Disney’s Return to Treasure Island, The Mighty Quinn starring Denzel Washington and Prelude to A Kiss starring Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin.
Peter Lloyd has also performed at dozens of festivals worldwide including Nottingham Carnival (UK), Reggae Jam (Germany), Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival (Jamaica), One Caribbean Music Festival (USA), Sunrise Reggae and Ska Festival (Germany). A respected veteran on the stage both as an actor and singer, Peter Lloyd is currently one of Jamaica’s hottest recording artistes.
Watch Peter Lloyd’s cover of ‘Woman’ by John Lennon:
Do It For The Love presents its second annual Rocker’s Ball fundraiser, an evening of music, healing and inspiration benefiting individuals with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans. The event will include a cocktail reception, an unparalleled three-course dinner by world-renowned chefs, live musical performances from Michael Franti & Spearhead, Vintage Trouble and other special guests, and exciting silent and live auctions items featuring one-of-a- kind experiences, collectible wines, musical memorabilia and luxurious trips.
Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change. He and his wife, Sara Agah Franti, founded Do It For the Love in 2013. The nonprofit organization’s mission is to bring people with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges and wounded veterans to see live music.
The event will be – Friday, November 17, 2017, 6:30 PM
The current sponsors and partners are Levi’s, Ca’Momi Wines, BottleRock, The Golden State Warriors, Double Cross Vodka and Williams-Sonoma. Sponsorship packages ranging from $5,000 to $60,000 and a limited number of $1,000 individual tickets are available. For information and to purchase sponsorships or tickets, visit www.doitforthelove.org/rockersball2017.
Proceeds from the event will support Do It For The Love’s mission to bring people with life-threatening illnesses, children with severe challenges, and wounded veterans to see live music. Co-founders Michael and Sara Franti started Do It For The Love in 2013 because they wanted to bring the healing power of music to those who need it most. The organization’s mission is to give the gift of live music to inspire joy, connectedness and a positive, potentially life-changing experience to as many people in need as possible.
To date, Do It For The Love has granted over 1,300 musical wishes to attend concerts ranging from Motley Crue to Ziggy Marley, Stevie Wonder to Train, Kenny Chesney to Paul McCartney. Whenever possible, the experience includes a meet and greet with the artist. Wish grants include concert tickets for the recipient and up to three friends, family or caregivers.
To learn more about Do It For The Love and the Rocker’s Ball, visit www.doitforthelove.org
Tun up fi hear and see how we’re all part of That Mosaic Riddim within The Universal Sounds Making Life Music on countless levels spinning all around us. Tun Up, nuh?!
Yes, one can read so many things, from scriptures to the Beatles, to discover something transcendental within music…, but with reggae, one only needs to let go into the riddim to feel that shift in Consciousness. Nuh joke.
It’s from this conscious level/groove MR songs strive to inspire the Collective Thought, to promote Potential in The Oneness we all share through Music.
We each witness, feel, and Live, our own Growth via the natural Freedom&Joy within Creating and Connecting to musical expressions, daily. Looking closely: we can see the same as the phenomenon of lightning reaching up from the earth to merge with that dancing downward through the sky, all Music Connects —with, and where …and to what degree, varies; still, Music Flows through Everyone.
‘That Feeling’ at the core of all music, which people, groups, cultures, Connect with is more tangible for some; however, it is best personified in reggae‘s de-facto anthem, “One Love,” which of course Flows from The One Source Of All Life Riddim…
It is time to Wake Up To That Feeling and let go of the fear-based mentality, which can only culminate in the end as greed within oneself, beginning with a desire for more than one needs. Nothing is more valuable than your Connection To Source Energy, and Nothing Is More Fulfilling – One Love.
Realize fear is far from Grace/Love, The Source from which All Life Comes Into Existence. Unless you think greed has given Life To All Things, Freely, and Unconditionally? No. We know this is not greed’s MO.
Look closer: see we were all planted here with Roots Ina We Soul to Nourish From The Source Of The One Love.
Mosaic Riddim’s band mission is to make minds think and bodies dance, hard, on both accounts; and yes, at the same time – or at the very least within the same night. And so far so good, we’re being told – thank you.
We perform original reggae and calypso songs inspired by the innate unity within society, and the conscious discourse that flows out as norms. That said we feel it important our music resonates from a sincere place/platform while we’re sharing. And it is from this perspective, I have to confess, it’s been the most challenging with forming and maintaining a reggae band, before even thinking about writing songs and performing live.
Don’t get me wrong, as the band leader, I’ve had the best musical experiences in my Life, thus far …and we’ve only just begun. However, if you’re looking for a little saucy expose, let me tell you, it’s not easy making reggae music in BC, Canada.
Still, the same as making honey in Turkey, Rye in Saskatchewan, or friends at a Klan rally; it may not easy, however, the results are worth the effort.
In no particular order, and with no names given [cuz it’s not a witch hunt, really], I will reveal since MR’s debut two years ago, it’s performed with nine drummers (six hand drummers), six guitarists, three keys players, and six bassists – one bassist worked with us twice, and of course one (the best) is working with us now. Well, that may all be interesting, but the rest is certainly juicy:
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…and so, that’s how Mosaic Riddim managed to work through four transitions, two drunken bouts, and 25 bandmates leading to our MR team today.
Still I cannot/ will not knock any of these musicians as they each brought talent to the table, truly. And Thankfully, through no control of my own, quite honestly, the band has grown in sound and production value – notably – with every step forward – Thank Goodness.
However, from all this, it is most clear (to me), a band is no different from any relationship…and it can only be fun/fair if/once everyone/everyone is enjoying themselves. This can only happen when trust exists among all members, with being free to express fully.
To begin with, before adding personality quirks (and booze in some cases)… imagine a room filled with musicians, with everyone’s creativity surfacing rapidly, constantly – for hours – as the music is coming out and being shaped and crafted from all directions. Imho there is no better way to express with others in Life. It’s like everyone gets a chance to mould and shape the (original) music at the same time.
The synergy within sharing music is immeasurable, as palpable. Think drum circle, or better yet, go to a drum circle to find/experience this Synergy for yourself. This can even exist between the dancer and the drummer in terms of self expressions in seeing and hearing the visual auditory synergy. It feels even more amazing in creating, than it is to watch, and I am certain the dancers feel the same. You just gotta Love The Riddim of The Music!
Yes, this started as an expose on MR’s debut challenges; however I would not change a thing seeing all are Life lessons within the privilege of meeting and working with some remarkable players, and real musicians. I am most grateful for this Gift we share, even more now as it feels we have the right band camaraderie (and respect) among members to move forward as One; playing music about Love and Unity.
Our most recent band kudos came from a random bloke, downtown Vancouver; he recognized us soon after our concert at Trinidad and Tobago north Vancouver festival. He said, “Hey man, you guys are really good…and I really like that you guys do originals, it’s something new…” There is nothing a lyricist likes to hear more, aside from maybe, “Your bill was paid for by that table.” Regardless, to that concert goer, thank you (again) for taking the time.
MR has a ways to go still in manifesting the simple idea of making Good Good reggae music in North America, but so far we know we are truly Blessed considering the wonderful opportunities given, including performing BC’s biggest and best Caribbean event, Caribbean Days Festival, in 2017; this, after playing some of Vancouver’s more established and recognizable venues like the Roxy and Calabash Bistro within our first year. Thank you.
All said we are especially grateful to be able to offer something new in the realm of reggae; so come catch a groove pan we riddim!
Marrett & Mosaic Riddim
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