Don Carlos April 2008 North American Tour

Veteran reggae artist Don Carlos is preparing to do another US tour in April 2008. Don is a melodic singer whose classic songs are well put together and well executed. He is a mature artist  definitely one of the nicer and more genuine singers in the reggae business. Last April, he did a similar US tour. February and March 2008 he is scheduled to tour Europe. Don has recently returned from Brazil, where he is also greatly loved and appreciated. On this upcoming US tour in April, he will be carrying his trademark horn section, which has been working with him internationally for the last seven years, and his female background vocalists. Dons gentle contented spirit is a comfort to his friends and fans. There is a class about him as an artist that promoters and venue owners can take pride in.

August 2007 Don toured Poland, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Holland and France. Europe has been a strong consistant market for Don. Festival wise, he recently played Earthdance, in northern CA, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae On The River, Music In The Park in San Jose, CA, The Monterey Reggaefest, the Upsala festival in Sweden, the Reggae Sundance in Holland, and the Reggae Summerjam in Germany. Sly and Robbie backed him on Reggae on the River prime time Saturday night. Don has also been touring South America and Hawaii regularly, where he headlined the Bob Marley Day festivals last February on all four of the major Hawaiian islands.

Don has out seven albums with Ras records, and at least nineteen other releases on different labels. These titles are listed on his biography. Don recorded four albums with Black Uhuru for the Mesa Blue Moon label and toured with Black Uhuru as lead vocalist from 1989 – 1994.�

�In his music, Don speaks for all people.� He talks about peace and love, generosity and righteousness.� He doesnt leave out thanking Jah for everything.� I love you and Jah loves you more, he says.� Love Jah, and you will have everything  all wisdom.� Don has a big heart and a kind loving spirit. He is a special artist. Because of his blessings, the multitudes are drawn to him.

BIOGRAPHY: DON CARLOS

Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggae’s greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy, to name but a few. Don Carlos started his singing career in 1973 as one of the original members of Black Uhuru, alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls, and Derrick Ducky Simpson. As part of the trio, Don sang lead on the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, for producer Prince Jammy in 1977. This album was later re-released and re-titled as Black Sounds of Freedom. A year after the trio’s groundbreaking debut, Don Carlos surprisingly decided to leave Black Uhuru in pursuit of a solo career. Within three years as a solo artist, developing his song writing and grooming his distinctive vocal style, in May 1981 Suffering was released. This strong release took the fraternity by storm, courtesy of a heavy roots and culture flavored showcase for the Negus Roots label. This album was a massive hit in Africa, selling unprecedented units. Unfortunately, the album was bootlegged, and Don never received proper royalties.

At this time, he worked alongside Goldie, his sidekick, co writer, and back up vocalist. Together they built a staunch following through touring the live circuit and releasing consistant albums including Harvest Time, Day to Day Living, Them Never Know A Natty Dread Have Credentials, all three issued in 1982, Spread Out 1982 also otherwise known as Laser Beam to which the majority of tracks in this set have been culled, Never Run Away 1984, Just a Passing Glance 1985 and more recently Seven Days a Week. Dons partner, Gold was tragically shot and crippled, putting him out of the music business.

During the eighties dance hall mania, Don had five top ten hits between 1982  1985- Late Night Blues, Nice Time Tonight, Dice Cup, Hog & Goat, I’m Not Getting Crazy and Spread Out. Don is still churning out solid, melodic roots reggae. Other titles in his rich catalogue include Roots and Culture, Raving Tonight, Pure Gold, Spread Out, Plantation, Never Run Away, Slow Down Vol. 3, Rasta Brothers, Prophecy, Firehouse Clash, Deeply Concerned, Ease Up, Lazer Beam, Ras Portraits, Grove w/me, Head to Head, Jah Light, Live in San Francisco (2002), and Special Edition.� There’s an old saying in the music industry that claims: What goes around, comes back around. In Dons’ case, a request for reinstatement to his former role as lead vocalist for a rejuvenated Black Uhuru reunion resulted in another strong Black Uhuru album  Now. 1990 marked the reunion of the original vocal trio with Don, Garth and Duckie. After six years- 1989-1994- and four albums, singing lead for Black Uhuru in the studio, and on the road, Don again went back to his solo career. His other titles with Black Uhuru include Mystical Truths, Iron Storm and Strong. All of these four albums are classics with Don up front on lead vocals.

After the Black Uhuru stint, Don joined forces with the California based Reggae Angels for four successful years, and then kept some of the core players for his own permanent backing band. He has been touring successfully with this band in Europe, South America, Hawaii, and the western US. Dons popularity has been consistently growing, so he is now one of the most sought after roots reggae artists in the business. Check him out online atwww.doncarlosreggae.comor athttp://doncarlosinternational.com/.

Contact: Peter Wardle
King’s Music International
Phone: (510) 326-8445 or online at reggaeangl@aol.com
http://www.kingsmusicinternational.com

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Posted on December 5, 2007, in Reggae Artists, Reggae Events. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I have been a great fan of Don’s for decades and love his music. But I find it weird that no one has any decent information on his tour dates and schedules.

    The bits of information I’ve found are just scattered through out the Internet. Its a big disgrace that as big as Don Carlos is, there’s no decent site that showcases his work and tour information.

    Your blog is just about the only place that comes close to having a bit of info about his past tours…I will visit again next time to see if I can find update here.

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