NEW ORLEANS NATIVE SON BEN E. HUNTER TO PERFORM AT THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY FOR NEW MUSIC SEMINAR, HOLLYWOOD, CA, FEB. 14.
Reggae artist Ben E. Hunter, a native of New Orleans, has been selected to perform on Monday, Feb. 14 at Opening Night Party for the New Music Seminar, “The After Grammy Jammy,” at the Music Box in Los Angeles. The event will take place the day after the 53rdGrammy Award Ceremony on Feb. 13.
Hunter, a longtime favorite on the New Orleans club circuit and established NOLA recording artist, will perform tracks from his upcoming album, “Delta Dub,” a fusion of traditional New Orleans music and reggae rhythms. Hunter will be backed by the renowned Detour Posse reggae band. .
Who: Reggae artist Ben E. Hunter
What: “After Grammy Jammy,” the Opening Night Party for the New Music Seminar
The New Music Seminar, a prestigious showcase and networking event for new artists and music industry professionals from around the world, takes place Feb. 14-16 in Los Angeles. Other featured performers at the Opening Night Party at the Music Box includethe Little Death, Blaqstarr, Sean Garrett, Naughty by Nature. Jessie and the Toy Boys. DJ Mia
Dan Morrell and special surprise guests.
About Ben E. Hunter:
Ben E. Hunter’s music represents the best of New Orleans. The NOLA born artist combines elements of jazz, folk, rock, Mardi Gras Indian chants and Caribbean rhythms to create a unique and unforgettable sound. A popular fixture on the New Orleans club circuit, which draws people from around the globe, Hunter has toured the world, from Central America to South Africa, performing at large scale musical events such as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica.
Hunter’s discography includes “Reality Check” (1992), “Soul Avenger: Live Intergalactic,” (1999), “Voodoo Reggae,” (2006), the post-Katrina recording “Traveler: A Healing Album for the City of New Orleans” (2008) and more.
Hunter is gearing up for the release of his new album, “Delta Dub,” recorded at the famed Jack Ruby studios in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Producer Native Wayne Jobson describes “Delta Dub” as Bob Marley meets Dr.John meets Lil’ Wayne. Each track on “Delta Dub” is a winner--from the rootical “Wars and Lies” to the achingly romantic “All I Live For” to Hunter’s Rasta/funky cover of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman.” “Delta Dub” brings together stellar producers and musicians such as Native Wayne and Brian Jobson, Neil Case and Barry O’Hare.
A Hurricane Katrina survivor, Hunter temporarily relocated to Los Angeles in 2005, where he was the subject of the Sledgehammer Films documentary “Baptized at Katrina: A Refugee Story.”In 2004, Hunter sang on the soundtrack of the film “Skeleton Key,” starring Kate Hudson.In 2010, he appeared in the first season of the award-winning HBO series “Treme.”
Hunter’s musical influences include Burning Spear, Lee “Scratch” Perry, dub poet Mutabaruka and Curtis Mayfield. Among many things, Hunter is a survivor; overcoming struggles with poverty, violence in his community and the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He has been outspoken about his ongoing struggle with epilepsy. When it comes to his inspirations, Hunter sees his original songs and poetry as reflections of daily life:
"I often write about friends or people around me who have many social and emotional experiences everyday."