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SUGAR MINOTT

The Kingston, Jamaica born, Lincoln "Sugar" Barrington Minott is one of the great figures of Reggae music, and is fully justified to carry the status as the "Godfather of Dancehall". In the early 1970's Sugar Minott went to Studio One Recording Studios. By laying vocal tracks over the original tapes from the 60's, rather than using a live band, he caused a revolution in the sound that brought a new style to Reggae music--Dancehall. Sugar started his musical journey by entering talent contests in his youth. After he finished school he began selling records and formed his own sound system Black Roots, which was eventually to develop into the mighty Youthman Promotion. In 1969 Sugar became part of the African Brothers, dropping several successful singles that were an early example of the Rastafari movement's influence on the Jamaican music scene...

RICHIE STEPHENS

Richard Stephenson, better known as Richie Stephens is easily recognized as the man with Jamaica's Golden Voice. A classic performer who has contributed much to the development of Reggae Music, Richie has a powerful sensuality that appeals to audience all over the world.
Richie Stephens has been a household name in Jamaica for nearly two decades and that is an honour not afforded to every Jamaican Artiste. Many Artistes, who gain notoriety internationally, yearn for success back home.

Stephens accomplished this feat from his very first performance, at the age of 11 which left the crowd in awe. Whether appearing with Reggae greats like the late Dennis Brown or with the late R & B Legend Luther Vandross, he has Jamaican Audiences rocking and dancing in the aisles...

FATHER WAYNE
King Aggression Soundsystem

(Canada/Jamaica) DJ / selector / producer / internet radio broadcaster and the creative force behind the much acclaimed King Aggression Soundsystem. I am the nephew of the great, late , Dennis Brown so music flows through my veins. Reggae music is my outlet, I use it to express myself and to bring enjoyment to those around me. As my uncle did, in the past , playmusic to his fellow peers this is what I intend to do and I want to accomplish a lot more in my time. I want to be a legend in my time and set a new trend to follow, allowing Reggae music to be exactly what it is meant to do, soothe the soul, heal and relax your mind. My dubs are featured in the "Tribute to Dennis Brown cd/dvd".

DELLY RANX

It's amazing that after more than ten years in the music industry, Delly Ranx has managed to find himself listed among the top 20 dancehall toasters in Jamaica. His throaty delivery has made him stand out, and his clever lyrics and style continue to move dancehall fans worldwide. From his debut hit Gal No More Than You in 1993, Ranks has unleashed hit after hit. His first number one single Hotty Hotty Gal spent three weeks at number one in Jamaica in 1993. His subsequent hits have included Wagga Wagga Fat, What a Gal Can Wine (featuring Rik Rok), Headache (featuring Elephant and on which he shares co-production credits), Them Vex Now and Warning (both done with singer Christopher with the former hitting the Top 10 in Italy), Social Girlfriend, Real Black Woman, Give it To Me (with Aisha), Granny Teaching, Three Steps Forward (with Daville) and Pelpa. His latest hit singles include the number one hit Weddy Time featuring Voise Mail, She Wants it Harder (with Voise Mail)...

SHELDON SENIOR

Sheldon Senior is a fresh dynamic artist who is certainly making his presence felt on the Reggae Music scene with an assured future in the global music industry. This extraordinary singer/songwriter is responsible for creating a number of deeply meaningful and thought-provoking songs that have truly captured the essence of a thriving artist capable of achieving world-wide acclaim. Born Sheldon Anthony Senior, from the parish of St Catherine in Jamaica, he started singing at a very young age making his debut as the lead singer for his Primary School Choir. In this prolific and melodious environment of Roots Rock Reggae and Gospel, his musical roots were given the necessary sustenance to blossom...

ISIAH MENTOR

Isiah Mentor was born in Rae Town Kingston ,Jamaica West Indies. At the age of three his family relocated to Spanish town, St.Catherine. Isiah was surrounded by music 24-7.His great Aunt, Miss Lore was a political vocalist. every household had a sound system with music in Ising , his family’s reaction brought him to realize that he has talent. Isiah started to sing at school, Tivoli Garden High School in Kingston when they had concerts or functions. Surrounding communities and with his friends, the word spread fast of his talent when Ministry of Health held a concert for the sick in Spanish town Isiah was one of the first talents on the line up. He became the most recognized new Artist in Spanish town promoters and night club owners in Spanish town had him performing on weekends...

CARL HENRY III

Carl Henry III is an international reggae artist and entertainer. He has performed with such acts as Millie Jackson, The Bee Gees, the late Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Papa San, Richie Stephens, Mickey Spice, Sly and Robbie, Jimmy Cliff, Steel Pulse, Shaggy, Tiger, Leroy Sibbles and Freddy McGregor and has opened for comedian Don Rickles and Joan Rivers. He was a featured star performer at the Mayor's and Governor's Convention in the U.S. and has played to packed audiences. Carl's act is very unique in that along with singing in English, he also has an Italian segment. Due to his diversity, Carl has appeared on "Telelatino" an Italian TV station in Canada. On stage, his electrifying performance range from ballads to reggae, touching on some rock 'n roll. Watching this talented performer in the act, makes it difficult for his audience not to get caught up in the moment.

KATT I

(Jamaica) The tragic passing of Dennis Brown in 1999 left an unfillable hole in the world of reggae, but, while no one can replace him, several younger artists continue to carry on his vibe. One that you may not have heard is Katt I (AKA Alston "Delroy" Burton), a Jamaican crooner who has worked his way up from the hotel circuit to the opening act for major stars like Michael Rose, Mutabaruka, and Toots and the Maytals. Katt's uncanny, smooth vocals often sound so similar to the Crown Prince of Reggae, you may have to rewind and listen again. Appropriately enough, Katt covers Brown's "World Is Troubled," and he does so with confidence and aptitude (and with an R&B flair).



RULA BROWN

Ruel Brown, aka Rula Brown was born in East Kingston, Jamaica and attended XLCR High School in Jamaica before he migrated to the United States to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Rula received his Master of Science (MSc.) in Mechanical Engineering from New Jersey Institute Of Technology with high honors. Rula has always enjoyed listening to music since the early days, listening to Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, The Heptones, Bob Marley, Delfonics & Stylistics. It was while studying for his Masters degree that Rula sang and produced his first song titled "Life Without Love/Reggae Down On It" which he released on his own BEE CAT RECORDS label out of New Jersey. The single went on to hit 5 on the reggae charts in New York and did very well in other states and Europe.

CULTURE BROWN

Born in the parish of Westmoreland and then moving to Kingston at an early age, Culture Brown found his start in reggae music as a member of the Black Star Sound System, opening the doors for him to become a powerful figure on the reggae scene. As a roots and culture dancehall artist, Culture Brown's lyrical content often sheds light on today's world issues and gives hope for a better tomorrow. His promotion of equal rights and justice for all is clearly demonstrated in the lyrics of his track "Here To Love" when he says 'I'm here to love, not here to judge?.' He stands firmly behind his lyrics as he extends his hand in friendship no matter what age, race, or sex. Culture Brown's musical journey has taken him as far as St. Lucia, England, Canada, and in his homeland Jamaica where he opened his own protools studio, The Culture Brown Recording Studio, in Westmoreland. He has since also started up his own independent label Akeel Records.

HUMBLE

So far Humble's journey has caused him to meet many artists and people in the music industry. In October 2005 Humble released his debut album titled "Hard To See" on the Soundcheck Records label. Humble has opened for many international artists such as Junior Kelly, popular dub poet Mutabaruka, Tony Rebel, and roots reggae's legendary Abyssinnians to name a few. At the present time Humble is working towards collaborating with some of Toronto's top reggae artists to help build the reggae reputation in Canada.
Humble has worked with many of Trinidad and Tobago's top reggae artists such as Jah Melody, Prophet Benjamin and Khari Kill. Humble has also appeared on the Rogers Television Network talkshow 'Daytime' in Toronto. Humble was also apart of the highly successful production of "Tribute to the Legends" organized by fellow Juno nominated artist Odel in February 2007.

MR BERTUS

Mr. Bertus' work spans the full gamut of Reggae & Dancehall. Bertus first recorded with reggae legend, Clancy Eccles on the Surego Label. Known as a talented musical perfectionist behind the mic; Mr. Bertus has written well known songs for many popular Jamaican Artists, Producers and Studios.
Long Lauded for his musical genius, Bertus won the 'Roots 96.1 FM "What’s The Verdict" Contest'; with Dudley Thompson. His Tune "Reckless Life" was voted the weeks BIG TUNE by Jamaicas' radio listeners island wide. The depth and breadth of Bertus musical career can be experienced by listening to any of the grooving songs from this talented artists’ discography.

ZUKIE JOSEPH

Greetings, I Babylon name was Junior Allen, but I have evolved since: my name is Zukie Joseph. My love for muzic started before I can remember, but what I do remember is my parents...They played Grace Thrillers, ABBA, Tom Jones, The Coasters, Platters, Blue Busters, Toots and The Maytals, The Wailers, Charlie Pride, Elvis, and The Beatles, to name a few... I always knew I wanted to be a singer, but I was sluggish in my effort until I saw The Crown Prince of Reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown, live in concert. I was mesmerized by the young Prince's magnificent delivery--the sweetest voice I have ever heard. I started writing and singing the next day... Years later I met Dennis and we became brethrens...



STEELE

Today, Steele has made his mark on the music industry and although most people recognize him as a singer, Steele is also an accomplished musician, songwriter, and producer who has earned a reputation as a perfectionist with his professional approach to his music. In 2004 Steele released his first full length solo CD/Album “Uncorrupted” and the world stood up to take note of this lyrically conscious brother. To date, Steele has been blessed with the achievements this album has attained. Tracks from “Uncorrupted” hit many charts globally and in Canada the cd was showered with many accolades which included Canada’s highest musical award, a Juno nomination for Reggae Recording of the Year. It is now only fitting that three years later Steele is dropping his sophomore cd entitled “The Love of Jah” and the critics are hailing this as his finest work to date.


DAINJAMENTAL

As a veteran Producer/Artist Nigel Julien aka Dainjamental formerly Reble Dainja has earned his reputation.From Producing his first track & recording his first song in 1991 he has worked with many of the industry heavyweights. Renowned for his versatility producing, engineering & mastering from Hip Hop, Reggae, Soca, 2 Step, R & B, Smooth Jazz & even folk music. Over the years he has shown that he is very adaptable to almost any genre of music.He also has recorded 400 songs in his allustrious catalogue.



JAH BAMI

Originally from Arima, Trinidad, Juicy aka Jahbami has found a new home in Brooklyn, New York, alongside fellow soldiers Khari Kill, Ridlah Red and King David, a talented group of artists known as "RED ARMY". Not just a vocalist, Juicy is the writer of all his own lyrics and musical scores and is also an accomplished steelpan arranger. The multifaceted artist studied music at the University of the West Indies and joined the T&T Coast Guard after graduating where he served for 2 years before leaving to pursue his love of the art form. Juicy spent a year in Japan, performing and writing music before moving to New York where he now resides. When asked why the two names, he explained "Juicy, has been with me from my school days. Jahbami is a recently acquired name that identifies me as a reggae artist."

CHATTA

(Canada) WINNER 2007 Best Dancehall Female Artist at the Toronto International Reggae Music Awards. After Bun Dung from the 2004 The Speed of Consciousness album, which speaks of the liberation and personal acceptance of our African person, went number one in Kingston Jamaica on a couple of dynamic radio shows, Chatta gives thanks for that success and life on a whole.

Chatta, "The Speed of Consciousness", WINNER of the 2005 Best Dancehall Female Artist featured at the Toronto International Reggae Music Awards...



DALLIO STAR

Dallio Was Born on March 21, 1987 In St Catherine Jamaica In A Small Community Name PollyGround. In 1998 He Then Moved To Kingston 8 Mannings Hill Road. Where He Attended Whitehall Primary And Jamaica College. Dallio Is A Talented Young Singjay But Even A Better SongWriter. Inspired By His Time Spent Around The Sound Systems Sparkles Disco And KR International Who Is Now Know As BlueSteelReggae.com. Dallio Is Currently Working On His First Project Of His Music Career His Self titled Album Call Here I Come. Dallio Hopes To One Day Start A Charity That Benefits Single Moms With Needs. The Plan Will Mostly Focused On The Rural Parts Of Jamaica. But Is A Idea To Help Improve The Current Situation Of Single Mothers In Jamaica. Dallio's Push And Motivation Comes From His Mom Who Is Also A Single Parent. Music Is Still A Learning Process For Dallio Who Is Currently Soaking In All the Experience He Can Receive At This Point Of His Young Career.

JUAKALI

Trinidad-born JuaKali is the resident MC of New York City's premier Dubstep event; Dub War and more recently, the internationally fueled bass driven Sub Swara NYC. He has been the featured vocalist with live dub band Dub Liberation Front (formerly Babylon Station) on two Eastern European Tours and his vinyl singles "Run Babylon" (Gunjah Rec. GJSP003-Winter '05-'06) and "FF01" (White label, Summer '06) reflect the ground breaking catalog.

SHABAKAN

(Honduras) International Latin/Hip-Hop to Reggae Rythms from Honduras, living in New York. He has 6 cds to his credit, and has toured with El General, performed with Kafu Banton of Panama, and has collaborated with Papi Sanchez. Shabakan's 7th cd, "Escucheme" (Listen to me) will be released very soon.






RAS KIDUS

(Jamaica) From the brighter side of Jamaica comes the talented RAS KIDUS a.k.a Jon 'Ras Kidus' Cornelius, Musician/ Actor/ Producer of the Roots Connection Band. He explodes with energy on stage, DVD and CD. His strong motivational message crosses over to all generations and he is proud to work with the youth to prove to the elders that they are good fruits.

REMEDY

As a youngster, music was always apart of my life. I used to listen to artist such as Pinchers, Diana Ross and so on, on the weekends with my father as a child, but never took it at interest at the time. I used to be involved in drawing and graphics arts as a child persuing to be an artist in artwork and to do cartoons. Later on, I passed that phase when going into high school. In 2000, I used to write music as a hobbie, but became so fascinated about it, I had to persue it as a career. In my earlier days of my writing skills, I made my sister listen to my songs of crack joking rhymes, she said I should quote"go back to drawing" which made me not discouraged, but made me write better and up to today,now she loves all my songs and hopes that my dreams come true. In 2004, I met a Jamaican producer who's been in the business for 30 odd years,and told me I was ready to burst into the scene of dancehall.

DREAD DAZE

The sights and sounds of Dread Daze were started by lead vocalist, Najashi. Based in Los Angeles, California, Dread Daze is a multi-racial, multi-cultural group of six dedicated and hardworking, talented musicians, whose positive attitudes
and heart-felt honesty are brought to life throughout their poignant songs. They play and write original material, creating an uplifting and new sound, in hopes of touching the world through positive music and always encouraging love and peace within mankind.

RISING LION

Rising Lion has been touring the US and abroad for 14 years. The Lion has performed and proven to be a favorite at various festivals and concert series over the years: The Legends of Rasta Reggae tour, The New England Reggae Fest, The Annual Bob Marley Reggae Festival, Mountain Town Stages Concert Series, Golden Gate Park Reggae Festival, and various Live After Five Concert Series around the US to name a few.




KING YOUTH

(France) Talented Beats Master and Producer from France, member of the Layanraw Productions team. King Youth is quickly gaining critical acclaim, respect, and recognition with the recent release of his "Meet Di Rasta Youth: Street Break, vol I" CD. King Youth, with raw and fresh energy, will ensure that a new generation is made aware of the Dennis Brown legacy--worldwide.





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