Monthly Archives: June 2006

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Reggae Mission in SF – Rocker T LIVE July 12th

Live performance from Rocker T & Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi. Hosted by Rob1SanD13go. No Dress Code.
Jul 12, 2006
10:00 PM PST to 2:00 AM PST
ROCKER T LIVE with Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi, I-Lexis (, & Tru
21 and over
Duplex (more details)
1525 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Junior Reid LIVE in Solana Beach

After a successful month-long tour April and May of 2005, Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels had a top performance at Reggae on the River August 2005, and Headlined The Dreadstock Festival in Vallejo CA, and also headlined the stadium Rocktober festivals on four of the Hawaii Islands. Now, a year later they embark on the road again to do a tour of festivals and club dates including the Northwest World Reggae Festival and The Victoria Ska Festival in Canada. Reid has a new CD called “Clean Up Your Heart”, soon to be released. He has recently toured Japan, South America, and the US east and west coasts.

Several of Reid’s hits such as “One Blood”, “Mashing Up the Earth” and “Fit You Haffi Fit” have risen to anthem status. Junior Reid first won the hearts of people around the world as the lead vocalist for Black Uhuru. He has matured and gained strength as an artist performing internationally as well as producing other artists in his One Blood recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica. Junior Reid is a top festival performer with athletic showmanship and melodic phrasing. His message inspires people from all walks of life and he is a mentor to many Rasta enthusiasts. Junior is truly a man of the people and always in demand.

On the most recent American tour, the shows were consistently well attended. Within the last couple years, the Reggae Angels completed a 50-city tour with Andrew Tosh (son of Reggae icon Peter Tosh), a 21- city tour with Junior Reid, a 9-city tour with the Abyssinians, a 9-week tour covering North America and Canada co-billed with Everton Blender, and another month-long tour with Junior Reid. After working the festival circuit, they did their fourth trip to Hawaii within a year where they co-billed with and backed Frankie Paul, who now resides in Gambia, Africa.

It’s been a hard, busy schedule. They have toured consistently since the mid-90s, bringing their spiritually uplifting message to the people. They are well loved. Lyrically their music affirms such qualities as generosity, balance and gratitude. The Reggae Angels have one of the most extensive discographies of any American Reggae band. Now touring with their 13th and latest release – Make Blessings, on the Explorer Recordings Label- the Reggae Angels should not be missed when they come to your area.

Jul 1, 2006
9:00 PM PST
The current players for the Reggae Angels are as follows. Steve Hoffman on keyboards has a classical background. He has been playing professionally for 15 years. He has backed Dawn Penn, Sister Carol, Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Abyssinians, Apple Gab
$17 ADV $19 DAY OF
Belly Up (more details)
143 S. Cedros Ave.
Solana Beach, CA
(858) 481-8140

New Album From Ziggy Marley – Love Is My Religion

“This album is from my heart,” says Ziggy Marley of his second solo album, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide). Embracing both the spiritual and emotional side of life, Ziggy has definitively come into his own as an artist.

The twelve-track album, scheduled for release early July, showcases Ziggy’s tightly rolled talents as a songwriter (writing all cuts), musician (playing most of the instruments) and producer (shepherding all dozen tracks, with three co-produced by Grammy winner Ross Hogarth). The only thing more joyful than making it, says Ziggy, is the anticipation of the global tour he expects to kick off this summer.

Written “all over the world,” with some songs penned during his youth, Love Is My Religion expands upon the personal, social and political themes explored in Ziggy’s debut CD, Dragonfly. Its musical center is clearly reggae, peppered by African percussion and other flavors. Opening with the subversively danceable Into the Groove, Ziggy delves into an upbeat meditation on finding one’s self. On the title track, Love is My Religion, his message is one that “people need to hear,” a unifying devotion to love that “needs to be preached in churches and mosque and synagogues.” The notion of overcoming stereotypes and superstition informs the slinky Black Cat, while the romantic Make Some Music finds a partner in the mid-tempo A Lifetime.

Friendship is one of the album’s recurring themes, whether as the core of monogamous love or the connective tissue of global brotherhood. Friend and On the Beach in Hawaii each offer an ode to love. In Keep on Dreamin’, Ziggy extends the idea into the spiritual world, reconnecting with his father through dreams. The album’s most political song Be Free, implores the listener to reject the manipulating power of fear. Slavery and its continuing effects are explored on Still the Storms, which laments the crises in nations like Sudan, Rwanda and Sierra Leone by analogizing the path of hurricanes with the path of slave ships. The album closes with the simple and the complex: an acoustic guitar version of Love Is My Religion and a bass-heavy, trip-hop mix of Be Free.

A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ziggy first sat in on recording sessions with his father when he was ten years old. Joining with his three siblings to become The Melody Makers, Ziggy crafted his own soulful sound blending blues, R&B, hip-hop and reggae.

After two decades as the driving creative force behind The Melody Makers – a triple Grammy-winning act which included brother Stephen and sisters Sharon and Cedella, Ziggy released his debut solo album in 2003, Dragonfly (RCA Victor Group), which featured such guest artists as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Einziger and DJ Kilmore (Incubus). He has contributed to a variety of soundtracks including 50 First Dates and Shark’s Tale, in which he delved into acting for the first time, playing the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.

In addition to his skills as a singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy founded U.R.G.E. (Unlimited Resources Giving Enlightenment), a non-profit organization that benefits a wide range of charitable children’s causes in Jamaica, Ethiopia and other developing nations. More recently he has thrown his support behind the Youth AIDS campaign.


Binghi Ghost and Luv Fyah LIVE

This night will be on Fire! Featuring Musical stylings by BINGHI GHOST. Hailing from a little island in the Caribbean called St. Croix, B. ghost was raised with all the ingredients to make him a reggae force to be reckoned with. The culture of the island and the direct linkage to old, west African customs and cultures, has given Mr. Ghost all the tools he needs to go in a straight line with his music, as he likes to say…”forward ever, backward never”. Plus, he is an individual who truly feels the music and lets it envelop him in its pulsing rhythms and melodies.

Opening up the event is freesytle reggae artist LUV FYAH, who will be bring his unique style for your listening pleasures.

Dj SMOKE ONE (KING OF KINGS Reggae Sundays @ The Shattuck Downlow) & SELECTA KURIOUS (resident dj for BIGUPRADIO.COM Reality Time will be giving you the best in Reggae.

Jun 30, 2006
21 and over
Golden Bull (more details)
412 14th Street
Oakland, CA USA