Born and raised in
Brooklyn, NY, Ras Rocker Tobias is the former originator and front man for the Skadanks, a
key component in the NY City Ska scene in the mid-1980s. After toasting and dee-jaying at
Mars Bay, Wild Pitch and the Wetlands in Manhattan for Rob Kenners sound system
BBC2, Puppy Ranks Eruption Hi Power and TNT Boys & Girls, Rocker T formed Jah
Warrior Shelter High Fidelity in the early 1990s, bringing his sound system to many
venues, including the infamous Lions Den in New York Citys West Village.
Recently, Rocker T, a
self-described traveling gypsy, has been spreading his messages throughout the US and
European reggae and dancehall communities with the Cannabis Cup Band, Version City
Rockers, Stubborn All-Stars, P.S.M., and his International Rastafarian Transport (IRT)
band. He has worked alongside and performed with KRS-1, Sugar Minott, Rita Marley,
Shinehead, Super Cat, Sidney Mills, Andrew Tosh, Maxi Priest and many others.
|A few of
Rocker Ts songs have had some airplay on Jamaican radio, a very hard market to
penetrate and a great accomplishment for a reggae/dancehall artist from
his beginnings with skinhead and new wave bands to his sing-jaying style of
ragga hip-hop, dancehall and reggae of today. Rocker Ts socially conscious lyrics
and positive musical messages encourage listeners to transcend the negative and apathetic
ways of the world. He also encourages listeners to get involved with political processes
to enact positive changes. Taking his example from His Majesty Haile Selassie, Rocker T is
a strong Believer in self-determination and self-reliance, fighting for truths, rights and
legalization of ganja by putting himself out on the frontlines with his music and actions.
Musical releases include Nicer By
The Hour, and his two Positive Sound Massive releases, Tru Ganjaman and the
more recent, If Yu Luv Luv, Show Ya Luv. His music is a vital link between the
messages of hip-hop, dancehall and pure reggae. If you love love, show your love
Rocker T, a crucial addition to the SNWMF 2001 lineup.
bio By Adaria Armstrong
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