Sunday, November 9, 2014

STELLAR GUITARIST ROBERT “DUBWISE” BROWNE LAUNCHES SOLO CAREER AFTER 15 YEARS WITH SHAGGY




Kingston, Jamaica-Nov. 3-After touring and recording with Grammy winning reggae/dancehall artist Shaggy since 1998, acclaimed guitarist Robert DubwiseBrowne has decided to leave the band to put all of his energies into pursuing his solo career as an instrumentalist.

Brownes new project,  “Groovy Love Thing, is scheduled to be released independently in January of 2015. Groovy Love Thing will be distributed by Zojak Worldwide digitally, and Browne is currently in discussions regarding distribution of physical copies of the CD. 

Although I've released two albums since working with Shaggy, I figured that this was the necessary step I had to take now towards being committed to my own music and career,said Browne.  “Shaggy & Valley Touring, Ltd, (his touring company) are disappointed with my decision but they gave me their blessing and said if I should ever want to return, my position as guitar player in his band will be available.” 

As an essential part of his signature groove and crossover sound, Browne recorded with Shaggy on his albums Lucky Day(2002), Clothes Drop (2005), Summer In Kingston(nominated for Grammy in 2012) and Out Of Many One Music(2013).

About Robert DubwiseBrownes New Project

The first single "Groovy Little Thing" will be released early this month. The project is a compilation of popular Jamaican reggae songs from the past decade and rearranged in what would be considered smooth jazz format. Browne, whose influences include Jimi Hendrix, Lee Ritenour and Joe Satriani, released his first solo album, the critically acclaimed Robert Dubwise: Birthin 2004.

I am happy with how the songs on Groovy Love Thing are turning out,said Browne. It's been a while since I've put this much focus and energy in a project - my previous release was in 2010 (Electrifying Grooves Of DiVersion) and I'm excited to get it out for everyone to hear what I've done with these songs.” 

About Robert Dubwise Brownes New Website:

With the release of the single "Groovy Little Thing" Browne will be launching his new website, which will feature information, photos, and songs from all of albums that you can hear, and you can also follow links to buy his products as well as links to his social media sites. It will also include concert dates and will be updated with new information periodically.

About Robert DubwiseBrowne

Robert DubwiseBrowne comes by his talent honesthe hails from one of Jamaicas most prestigious musical families. His father, renowned bassist/producer Glen Browne, head of Island Treasure Records, has worked with everyone from Ziggy Marley to jazz greats Monty Alexander and Delfeayo Marsalis and is currently touring with Tarrus Riley. His twin brother, bassist Richard ShamsBrowne has produced some of dancehalls hottest riddims. His uncle, producer Cleveland ClevieBrowne was a member of the famed classic dancehall duo Steely and Clevie. Uncle Dalton Browne has was influential in launching the Big Ship label with reggae great Freddie McGregor.

Throughout his illustrious career, Robert DubwiseBrowne has had the opportunity to tour the world, including opening for the Rolling Stones with Shaggy. He performed a solo set with his own band at Reggae Sunsplash 2006 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. He has also toured and recorded with NBCs The Voice season five winner Tessanne Chin, Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Toots Hibbert, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Morgan Heritage, Monty Alexander, Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, Julian Marley, Heather Headley, Beres Hammond, Tarrus Riley, Sly & Robbie and more. In 1998, Browne made history by playing on Lauryn Hills iconic album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,which went on to win several Grammy awards including Album of the Year.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Queen Makedah



"Blending reggae with the traditional sounds of R&B gorgeous lush vocals, Queen Makedah will take you on a vocally adorned journey to the very root of your soul. You’ll love the uplifting lyrics that border on socio-political issues tender to all our hearts. Good stuff."  Smother.net (Spiritual Healing Album Review)

"This is fresh and so different and is just basically one of the best Albums out there and is soothing for the soul and this CD is certainly a heavy weight contender for today’s world of music especially with its fresh stance."  English Crew, CD Baby (Spiritual Healing Album Review)

"Queen Makedah - Spreading Peace through Voice. Queen Makedah thrilled the crowd with charisma and vocal bravado, infusing R&B, soul and gospel into the traditional reggae grooves, while delivering music that is accessible and danceable."  Andrew Creasey, Oregon Music News

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TOURNENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS CONSCIOUS REGGAE ARTISTS I WAYNE AND BLACK AM I ON TOUR THIS FALL





                                                                   Black Am I


Oakland, CA—TourNentertainment is proud to announce the I & I U.S. Tour 2014, featuring two of Jamaica’s hottest roots/reggae performers, acclaimed reggae/dancehall singer I Wayne and Ghetto Youths International protégée Black Am I. The two fiery Rastafarian performers represent the past, present and future of reggae music.

The I & I U.S. Tour 2014 kicks off in southern California on Oct. 22 and wraps up in Tampa, FL, on Nov. 30.

                                                                I Wayne
I WAYNE BIO
I Wayne is a DJ’s dream. His VP Records produced hits, “Can’t Satisfy Her” “Living in Love” and “Lava Ground” have moved the masses with intoxicating beats and militant lyrics while inspiring love and romance in the dancehall. Throughout his career, I Wayne has demonstrated the ability to touch people at large scale music festivals as well as intimate night spots.
Born Cliffroy Taylor in Portmore, JA, I Wayne was raised by his aunt and her husband, legendary keyboardist Ansell Collins, known for his work with Jimmy Cliff and other artists. I Wayne remembers singing along while Collins played the keyboards. According to the singer, his moniker, I Wayne, derived from his childhood nickname, Dwayne, given to him by his parents.
In Rastafarian culture, I & I represents the oneness between the human and the divine.
I Wayne is also known for his expansive vocal range, which can soar from low tenor to falsetto.
“I would classify myself as a chanter, a singer and a singjay,” said I Wayne. “I don’t limit myself. Sometimes, I blend the three styles on one riddim to create a new sound. I can blend reggae with R&B.”
With his chart topping, soul-infused dancehall anthem, “Can’t Satisfy Her,” I Wayne brought to light the rampant sexual exploitation of women in Jamaica. Partially based on news reports and actual events that took place in his community, “Can’t Satisfy Her” tells the tragic tale of a young woman who went into prostitution to escape poverty and lack of opportunity.
As a photogenic artist with a huge female fan base, I Wayne does not consider himself a reggae sex symbol per se. But he feels that it important to create a balance between being hard core and sensual in his music.
“With females, you know, you have to put some of the harsh vibes aside and deal with it calm,” said I Wayne. “You haffi move like the lava.”
According to I Wayne, his hit politically charged hit, “Lava Ground” is a metaphor for the power of nature and the Most High, and warns people against committing injustice.
“I’m just reminding people that the lava; it’s nature; it’s more powerful than the gun and the knife,” said I-Wayne.
I Wayne glorifies the regenerative power of volcano, which can cause mass destruction when spewing fire, but is also a fertile ground for vegetation; lava rocks can also be turned into beautiful glass and gems.
On the I & I U.S. Tour 2014, I Wayne is looking forward to going back on the road, sharing his energy with his fans and generating new ideas.
                                                                Black Am I

BLACK AM I BIO
Rising star Black Am I is a protégée of Damian Marley and Ghetto Youths International. In the summer of 2014, Black Am I performed as one of the opening acts for Damian Marley, performing at large scale music events such as the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, CA.
Along with embarking on the I & I U.S. Tour 2014, Black Am I will perform with Shaggy, Etana, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Tarrus Riley and other reggae greats on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise, hosted by Damian Marley, from Oct. 20-25.
Black Am I was born Owen Davis on Nov. 17, 1984 in Nine Miles, JA, the birthplace of reggae icon Bob Marley. In honor of Robert Nesta Marley, Black Am I received the nickname I-Nesta from his father. He began writing lyrics at age 16 and recorded his first demo CD in 2005. He derived his moniker from his song “Black Am I” the first track he recorded for Ghetto Youths International. The song promotes black pride, solidarity and self-determination.
“The song says that I am black and I won’t be doing certain things like bleaching my skin; and I will stick to my roots and culture,” said Black Am I.
Other notable tracks by Black Am I include “Modern Day Freedom,” and “Sound System.”
Vocally, Black Am I considers himself a singjay; his influences include, naturally, Bob Marley as well as fiery roots reggae artists such as Damian Marley, Tarrus Riley Sizzla Kolonji, Jah Mason and Jah Cure.
“I’ve always wanted to do music could inspire people and could have the kind of impact that Bob Marley’s music has,” said Black Am I. “My message to the youth is to take life serious, and make sure that you know that education is the key. Do what you love and love what you do, and do it to the best of your ability.”
ABOUT TOURNENTERTAINMENT
TourNentertainment, a “meeting place for artists, bands and promoters,” was founded by Albert “Pretty” Cooke, Tressa Wells and Alreca Smith. Cooke, an AR agent, also works as tour manager for P. Diddy, Stephen and Damian Marley, Michael Franti and Spearhead and others.
The first part of our name says it all-TOUR,” said Cooke. “We book tours. We are focused on cutting wasteful spending, from which neither the artists or the promoters benefit. By being on tour, bands are more accessible. More people hear and see them perform. They have opportunity to sell their records and other merchandise that brings in additional income and keep promotion. Promoters are encouraged to stay in the business of bringing good music to the masses while the bands and artists have the opportunity to deliver their music and other wares. We are the meeting point between the point of origin of music and the point of consumption; our mission is to satisfy the souls and soothe the savage beasts of music lovers and promoters.”


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I WAYNE/BLACK AM I TOUR CONFIRMED DATES AND VENUES
WORLDBEAT CULTURE CENTER
SAN DIEGO, CA
22-Oct
www.worldbeatcenter.org
NEW PARISH
OAKLAND, CA
23-Oct
www.thenewparish.com
MOE'S ALLEY
SANTA CRUZ, CA
25-Oct
www.moesalley.com
ZODIAC
PETALUMA, CA
26-Oct
www.zodiacspetaluma.com
MATEEL CENTER
REDWAY, CA
27-Oct
www.mateel.org
NECTOR LOUNGE
SEATTLE, WA
28-Oct
www.nectarlounge.com
JAZZ BONES
TACOMA, WA
29-Oct
www.jazzbones.com
HAWTHORNE THEATER
PORTLAND, OR
30-Oct
www.hawthornetheater.com
FOX THEATER
BOULDER, CO
2-Nov
www.foxtheatre.com
BLUEBIRD
DENVER, CO
3-Nov
www.bluebirdtheater.net
BELLY UP
ASPEN, CO
4-Nov
www.bellyupaspen.com
THE STATE ROOM
SALT LAKE CITY, UT
6-Nov
www.thestateroom.com
BOTTLENECK
LAWRENCE, KS
8-Nov
www.thebottlenecklive.com
JUANITAS
LITTLE ROCK, AR
9-Nov
www.juanitas.com
RECORD BAR
KANSAS CITY, MO
12-Nov
www.therecordbar.com
POOR DAVID'S
DALLAS, TX
14-Nov
www.poordavidspub.com
CANTINA
AUSTIN, TX
15-Nov
www.flamingocantina.com
CLUB 47
HUNTSVILLE, AL
16-Nov
www.clubforty7.com
MOJOES
JOLIET, IL
17-Nov
www.mojoesofjoliet.com
THE POUR HOUSE
RALEIGH, NC
18-Nov
www.thepourhousemusichall.com
CANAL CLUB
RICHMOND, VA
19-Nov
www.thecanalclub.com
WILD HARE
CHICAGO, IL
20-Nov
www.wildharemusic.com
ALBANY MANOR
BROOKLYN, NY
21-Nov
www.clubplanet.com
BB KINGS
NEW YORK, NY
23-Nov
www.bbkingblues.com
CLUB FETE
PROVIDENCE, RI
26-Nov
www.fetemusic.com
REVOLUTION
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL
28-Nov
www.jointherevolution.net
FREEBIRD
JACKSONVILLE, FL
29-Nov
www.freebirdlive.com
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Tanya Asaki "I Love You Still".

Tanya AsakiCD title : I Love You StillGenre: ReggaeCountry: Jamaica


Introducing . . . . . Tanya Asaki!The lovely and very talented Tanya Asaki has always been involved in music from her early days in Canada. Recognizing her amazing gift from the beginning, her Jamaican parents and friends encouraged her music education through college. Now having already toured parts of the world and established herself as an artiste of quality, she is ready to take it to the next level with the release of her latest single, “I Love You Still.”Continuing the high level of excellence Tanya has maintained thus far in her career, “I Love You Still” was co-written and produced by Bobby Treasure of Treasure Chest Productions and developed and mixed by Stephen McGregor of Big Ship Studio . “I Love You Still” is an engaging Dancehall/Pop song that showcases her enchanting voice and draws the listener into the experience. Take a listen and see for yourself why she is getting attention from around the world!Attached is Tanya Asaki’s latest single, “I Love You Still,” for your listening pleasure.Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008193481032&fref=ts Twitter- www.twitter.com/tanya_asakiBookings – Evett Baker e.evett@gmail.com (876)467.1892

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy 420 Day

BIG SPLIF 420 REGGAE SHOW SPECIAL 2 HOUR SHOW TODAY AT 3PM Pacific Time

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Passing Of William "Bunny Ruggs" Clarke






All of us at Streetwise Radio mourn the passing of one of the greatest baritones of all time, William "Bunny Ruggs" Clarke, lead singer of Third World! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mavado




David Constantine Brooks is better known by his stage name, Mavado. This Kingston, JA born dancehall and reggae singer released his debut single “Real McCoy” in 2004. Mavado released his album “Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks in 2007."Weh Dem A Do" and "Dying,” two singles from the album, were introduced seriously on R&B/hip-hop radio in the U.S.A. and around the world. With all his success came some controversy. On July 27, 2007 Mavado was unlawfully detained by Jamaican police. While in police custody, he claimed they threw him through a glass window, slicing three fingers, causing him be hospitalized. The police claimed Mavado escaped from custody, even though they let him walk out with his manager to go to the hospital. Mavado was later arrested and charged with shooting, with intent and illegal possession of firearm in relation to an event that occurred on July 27, 2007. He was later freed of all charges. Even though he has had disagreement with the police, this brother is talented. Mavado has teamed up with a number of well-known artists such as Busta Rhymes, Wyclef, Ludacris, Birdman, Fabulous, Ace Hood, Akon, Snoop Dog; and is the only Jamaican act to have worked with Jay Z. If you have not heard of Mavado, take a listen to this brother on Streetwise Radio. Here are some of my picks: “Weh Dem A Do,” “Dying,” “Real McKoy,” “Caribbean Girls,” “Give It All To Me” ft. Nicki Minaj, “Take It” feat. Karian Sang and “Settle Down.” You can also listen to Streetwise Radio on Pandora, iTunes, MyGen365, Live365, Athena365 and Gilroy Radio.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013

 

THE NEW PARISH

 

 

King of Kings & Knakdemout present

ELEPHANT MAN


MEGA BANTON

longside ONE BLOOD sound SMOKY & YOUNG FYAH & DJ KURIOUS (Funktion)

SUNDAY 11/24

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER

 

CONTACT

Venue Phone: (510) 444-7474
Before 5 pm - please contact Parish Offices: 415.371.1631

LOCATION

579 18th Street (at San Pablo)
Oakland, CA 94612

MORE INFO

$25.00 - $30.00

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Sultry Reggae Singer Maxi Priest to Deliver the Gospel of Soul at Yoshi’s Oakland By Shelah Moody


Sultry Reggae Singer Maxi Priest to Deliver the Gospel of Soul at Yoshi’s Oakland
By Shelah Moody
 London-born singer/songwriter Max Alfred Elliot could not have chosen a better stage name: Maxi Priest. 

The name “Maxi” suits him because, since his first album, “You’re Safe: Caution” was released in 1985, he has taken reggae music to the maximum heights, to the top of the “Billboard” charts, to adult contemporary radio, to late night television, to the San Francisco Symphony. 

The last name “Priest” is fitting because it reflects his spiritual side and his belief in a higher power. Priest draws from his experience growing up in a Pentecostal church to create his unique blend of gospel, Jamaican reggae, British lover’s rock and American soul that inspires love and romance. 

There is something about a Maxi Priest song that moves you. It is no coincidence that Angela Basset and Taye Diggs shared their first dance while Priest’s song, “Art of Seduction” played in the background in the film adaptation of Terry McMillan’s novel “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.” 

Maxi Priest is known for his international string of hits including “Close to You,” “Housecall” (with Shabba Ranks). “Set the Night to Music” (with Roberta Flack), “That Girl” (with Shaggy) and remakes of Cat Stevens’  “Wild World” and Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.” Whether performing at a large scale music festival or an intimate night spot, Priest always gives 110 percent. In a rare appearance,  Maxi Priest and his band will perform two shows on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at Yoshi’s Oakland. 

 Maxi Priest is particularly proud of his latest releases “Maximum Collection,” which includes 36 songs from the beginning of his career to the present. Another recent album close to his heart is “Time of Year,” a compilation of his favorite Christmas songs. (Hint: This may be the perfect gift as the holiday season approaches). 


 




During a press conference at the 17th Annual Monterey Bay Reggaefest last year, among other insightful topics that were discussed, Priest gave the media a preview of “Maximum Collection.” 

 “I look at it as a giving the younger generation a fast lane to catching up with  who Maxi Priest is,” said the golden voiced singer, who is recognized by his long, cascading dreads and megawatt smile.

 Although Priest and his siblings grew up in south London, he hails from hardworking Jamaican parents who immigrated to England in search of opportunity and success for their offspring. Priest draws from a regal bloodline, the late reggae icon Jacob Miller was his uncle and rapper Heavy D his cousin. 

 Priest’s obvious musical influences include Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Cat Stevens and Sting, whose material he has covered. Since Priest covered Golden Lady” on his 1999 album “Combination,” I asked about Stevie Wonder’s influence. 

“I think that Stevie Wonder has influenced everybody in music— musicians and non-musicians—in some way or another, said Priest. “He is very much a freedom fighter, always looking to spread the word of equal rights and justice.” 

 While headlining at the Monterey Bay Reggaefest in 2012, Priest joined the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. There tone of the press conference took a serious turn.

“We know how to party, but we need to get a little bit serious sometimes,” said Priest. “(Jamaica) has survived for the last 50 years; and I can only hope that we learn from the 50 years of struggle that we’ve been through. There have been some highs and some serious lows. I only hope that our beautiful little island can look at those 50 years and make the next 50 years a better place, a better situation, for the younger generation. They are going to survive based on the foundation that we put down.”

Priest is particularly proud of his band, a multitalented, diverse group of musicians including Richard "Goofy" Campbell (keyboards), Paul KasticK (drums), JJ Sansaverino (guitar) and Taddy P. Camp (bass). When Camp approached the press table, Priest was more than happy to give him the spotlight. “He plays a mean solo bass and you should check out his CD, “Gimme Di Bass,” said Priest. “I had to say that, because it’s not good just to promote yourself.” 


 




In fact, Priest heaped praise on all of his band members, including DJ Beniton the Menace, a New Yorker who jams with Priest on “Housecall” and “That Girl.” Priest even invited his road manager/engineer, Steve Locke, to join the group at the table. 

Drummer Paul KasticK has been working with Priest since 1989; in fact, Priest’s was the first international band that KasticK played with. KasticK went on to play with the 809 band and other prestigious reggae artists. 

“In 1986, when I was a youth playing in the hotels six nights a week in Montego Bay, I heard Maxi Priest for the first time,” said KasticK. “I remember exactly where I was when I heard “Wild World” debut on the charts for the first time. Maxi’s music has had a profound effect on musicians. Maxi, to me, is one of the top five vocalists in the world.” 

Priest approached stellar guitarist JJ Sansaverino 12 years ago and ended up becoming a mentor. 

“I have the opportunity to work with one of my favorite reggae singers—Maxi Priest,” said Sansaverino. “I knew about Maxi Priest way before he knew about me. I was a fan; and I got the call to work with this brilliant artist. It’s been a learning experience. He’s groomed me from a shy guy on stage to a maniac—with a lot of constructive criticism along the way. He’s become my brother, and he’s taught me so much. I’m so happy to be doing my own project, but one of the happiest times for me is being on stage with this group of musicians. This is an all-star line-up and we’ve been all over the world, we’ve experience the best and the worst.” 

Priest’s attention turned to the 6’4 keyboardist Richard “Goofy” Campbell, a devout Seventh Day Adventist.

“There’s a lot more to Mr. Humble, Richard Campbell,” said Priest. “He has produced  quite a number of people; he continues to support a lot of the younger generation. In Montego Bay, he opens his doors to young people and helps them learn to play keyboard and play instruments. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with him, and that goes for all of my band members.”

During the end of the press conference, the conversation circled back to Maxi Priest’s inspiration on the younger generation. When I was in my twenties, my grandmother, the strong woman who raised me, had undergone brain surgery at age 90—and survived. During those critical moments, I played Priest’s album “Bonafide” over and over for comfort. Nowadays, I listen to Priest’s composition “God Watches over Us,” when I need an uplift. 

“Well, personally, I would say to a young person, first, find God,” said Priest. “When you find God, you will find yourself. When you can check out yourself, then you will know where you are going. It’s a support system. Faith is a key. Love is also a key. I’m a strong believer in faith, because it’s not everything that we know and understand. In traveling the world, my strongest asset has been faith, and belief that there is a God. I was brought up in very religious surroundings. I was raised in the Pentecostal church; my mother was a missionary in the Pentecostal church. So for me to create and sing a song like “God Watches over Us” is natural for me.”
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Grammy Winning Reggae Singer/Songwriter Mykal Rose Illuminates the Stage with Sly and Robbie at Yoshi’s San Francisco







Grammy Winning Reggae Singer/Songwriter Mykal Rose Illuminates the Stage with Sly and Robbie at Yoshi’s San Francisco
Who: The Showdown Tour Featuring Mykal Rose Backed by famed Drum and Bass Duo Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare
When: 10:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20
Where: Yoshi’s San Francisco, 1330 Fillmore St., SF
Info: 415 655 5600, www.yoshis.com,
Story and Photos By Shelah Moody
           


Mykal Rose loves to sing. The former lead singer of the Grammy winning reggae band Black Uhuru said that he records at least five songs a day at his home studio in Florida. Known for his percussive tenor and his trademark “tu tu twang” and “ding ding woy” vocal riffs, Rose cannot discuss any of the Black Uhuru classics, “Shine Eye Gal” and “Whole World is Africa” without singing a few lines from each song.
            Michael “Grammy” Rose is gearing up for a U.S. tour with his former Black Uhuru band mates, Sly Dunbar (drums) and Robbie Shakespeare (bass)—a mini reunion.
            The “Showdown” tour hits Yoshi’s San Francisco on Friday, Sept. 20.  Rose said that he is looking forward to performing at the upscale venue that has hosted acts such as Natalie Cole, Angie Stone, George Clinton and of course, Sly and Robbie, (multiple Grammy winners in their own right who have produced everyone from Dennis Brown to Grace  Jones to No Doubt). Accompanying Mykal Rose and Sly and Robbie on the “Showdown” tour are acclaimed keyboardist “Bubbler” Waul and engineer Garfield McDonald.
            Black Uhuru (a Swahili word meaning “freedom) formed in 1972 in Waterhouse, Jamaica. Rose joined the band in 1977;  and together with Sly and Robbie, vocalists Puma Jones, Errol “Tarzan Nelson Duckie Simpson, became the quintessential protest band of the seventies and eighties, with revolutionary albums such as “Sinsemilla,” “Red” and “Chill Out.” In 1985, Black Uhuru made history as the first band to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for “Anthem.” With his deft songwriting skills and exotic vocals, Mykal Rose literally put Black Uhuru on the map. 
            “Reuniting with Sly and Robbie is the highlight of this tour,” said Rose, who left Black Uhuru in the mid eighties and established himself as a solo artist. “This is a show of the past, present and the future. After this tour, in 2014, we are going to do an album together.
            “Each and every one, stand guard, because this is gonna be a great show,” said Rose. “This summer, we played the Garance Festival in France, to 60,000 people. If Europe is ready, let’s see if the west coast is ready!”
            Mykal Rose was born on July 11, 1957, on what he described as a “Ben Johnson” day, a term commonly used by Jamaicans for days when the household has no money and food is scarse. Luckily, the circumstances surrounding one’s birth do not determine one’s destiny.
            Before joining Black Uhuru, Rose recorded as a solo artist for Jamaican producers such as Niney the Observer and Yabby You. Rose is a man who is keen on keeping up with all genres of music. His dream is to duet with soul songstress Keyshia Cole. One of his all-time favorite albums is Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.” Rose recently got a kick out of watching Bill Cosby dance to “Spongy Reggae” on the Jimmy Fallon show—which exemplifies Black Uhuru’s influence on popular culture. Last year, Rose recorded a version of “Beat It” for Easy Star’s “Thrillah: A Reggae Tribute to Michael Jackson” compilation. Although he never met Michael Jackson, Rose said that he is a huge fan.
            “Yeah, mon, him great, oh Jah Jah,” Rose extolled in patois. “Michael Jackson went to the extreme with the music and gave the music justice when he sang. Yeah mon, him dangerous!” Rose could not resist singing a few lines from the Jackson/Paul McCartney duet, “The Girl is Mine.”
            One interesting fact about Mykal Rose is that he is an expert on holistic medicine. Rose has herbal remedies for everything from staying fit to getting over a cold, to personal hygiene  to fertility. For instance, he always carries fresh lemons, which he uses as an organic form of deodorant. Rose is extremely proud of his five children, one of whom is pursuing a career in nursing, another in civil engineering and another in music.
            Like conscious reggae artists of his era, Rose aims to make the world better for the youth.  Rose believes that Black Uhuru recordings should be available to students on college campuses for education and also for upliftment. His latest album, “Showdown Inna Bloody Town” addresses the global crisis of violence and gun culture. The album is extremely relevant in light of the recent Washington D.C. Navy Yard killings, the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut and other acts of senseless gun violence. For instance, producer Siahvash Dowlatshahi wanted to change the title of the Black Uhuru track “Youth of Eglington” to “Youth of Oakland,” due to the wave of violence in the city.
            “It looks like not even mankind can solve the crisis,” said Rose. “It’s like war upon war, and people want blood. We have songs like “Gunfighter,” about people who come to a party and break it up. A man fyah and everyone  run, gone, and the fun done. There’s a time for war, and there’s a time when people want to enjoy themselves.”
            There are also some creative dub mixes on “Showdown” such as “Bloody Dub” and Ethio-Jazz Version.”
 “This album is more Afrocentric,” said Rose. “It’s a different vibe for African brothers and sisters.”
            On a lighter note, at the end of our interview, Rose gladly entertained a fan’s curiosity about his famous dreadlocks, which he usually keeps under a hat or wrapped around his head like a turban.
            “When I let my hair down, it hits the floor,” said Rose. “It’s light as a feather, but heavy when it’s wet. That’s why I have to sleep on a king size bed—so that I can let out the whole of my dreads.


The Mykal Rose/Sly and Robbie Showdown Tour continues:
Sat Sept 21 Santa Cruz, CA – Moe’s Alley
Sun Sept 22 Santa Monica Pier
Tues Sept 24 Seattle, WA – Neumos
Wed Sept 25 San Juan Capistrano, CA
– The Coach House
Thurs Sept 26 Solano Beach, CA – The Belly Up
Fri Sept 27th Denver, CO – Casselman’s
Sun Sept 29thNew York, NY – B.B. Kings
Mon Sept 30th – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint

Tues Oct 1st – Washington, D.C. – The Howard Theatre