SNWMF 2005:


Friday, June 17
Valley Stage:
5th Element Crew:
Richie Spice
Chuck Fenda
Anthony Cruz &
Omar Silk
Macka B
Queen Omega

Village Stage:
African Show Boyz

In the Dancehall:
Sugar Minott & Youth Promotion Sounds

Saturday, June 18
Valley Stage:
Morgan Heritage
Sugar Minott
Winston Jarrett
Lutan Fyah
Natty King

Village Stage:
Universal Language
African Show Boyz
Dennis Alcapone
The Maytones
Wadi Gad

In the Dancehall:
Stone Love

Sunday, June 19
Valley Stage:
Steel Pulse
Toots & The Maytals
Thomas Mapfumo
The Abyssinians
Yerba Buena

Village Stage:
St. Croix Roots w/
Bambu Station
Ras Attitude
Pressure &


About The Artists:

ShaggyShaggy: b. Orville Richard Burrell, 22 October 1968, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Shaggy is, effectively, the man who put New York reggae on the map, thanks to his worldwide hit, 'Oh Carolina'. - More

Toots And The MaytalsToots And The Maytals: What do you get when you take a pound of funky reggae, three quarts of R 'n' B, eight ounces of Gospel, and ten tons of Soul, and beat well? You get Toots! On the 10th of December, deep in the countryside of rural Jamaica, one of Reggae's supreme voices wailed its first cry. - More

Steel PulseSteel Pulse: They may have explored various styles of music, but when it comes to the message, the UK's Grammy - Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. They continue their commitment to fighting injustice, educating, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music. - More

LucianoLuciano: Reggae is music and much more. It's a rhythm set to a poor man’s cry, a pledge from singer to struggler that “better must come.” No other reggae singer today delivers that promise with as much grace, power, and heart as Jamaican baritone Luciano. - More

Morgan HeritageMorgan Heritage: Many take up the task of soul guidance, but Morgan Heritage is the widely acknowledged leader of the pack. Heritage delivers the message with a warm, inclusive spirituality that's as tangible as the band's muscular, rope-stretched-taut chops and fresh lyrical inspiration. - More

Richie Spice

Chuck Fenda

Anthony Cruz

5th Element Crew featuring:

Richie Spice: EARTH A RUN RED ever since the world discovered the exceptional talent of Richie Spice. His robust, commanding vocal couples with this solid lyrics, make his sing-jay stand out in an industry that produces artistes a dime a dozen. - More

Chuck Fenda: The world can't contain him anymore. With his embracing of the Rastafarian faith and his determination to be 'The Poor People Defender', DJ Chuck Fenda is on a mission. A mission inspired by the Almighty. Indeed, a new world has opened up its arms and audience to Chuck Fenda. - More

Anthony Cruz: With his cute baby face, captivating eyes, sexy physique, soulful voice, classy attire, shy-guy demeanour, fun-loving attitude and slick stage act, Anthony Cruz is regarded as one of the most charismatic entertainers around. And boy, does he have the ladies weak! - More

The AbyssiniansThe Abyssinians: The roots harmony vocals of Bernard Collins, Donald Manning, and Linford Manning brought a unique quality of Rastafarian majesty to some of the most important tracks ever recorded in Jamaican reggae, including "Satta Massagana", "Declaration of Rights," and "Y Mas Gan." - More

Sugar MinottSugar Minott & Youth Promotion Sound: Jamaican dancehall music of the early 80s is all too often overlooked. There was and still may be a feeling outside Jamaica that reggae died with Bob Marley, but that couldn't have been further from the truth. The sound changed, but the heartbeat remained. - More

Macka BMacka B: Macka B has always been interested in music. At a very young age he was impressed by the heavyweight sound system Lord Barley, playing in the blues party next door. The vibrant reggae beat found a place in his heart that remains there to this very day. - More

The MaytonesThe Maytones: A vocal duo composed of Gladstone Grant, harmony singer, and Vernon Buckley, lead singer and sole composer of many of their best songs.  The group's name was an amalgam taken from their town of origin, May Pen, and their admiration for the ruling harmony group, The Heptones. - More

Natty KingNatty King: With two number one songs under his belt, Natty King took the airwave by storm with ‘No Guns To Town’ & ‘Mister Greedy’ distributed by Sonic Sounds. Both songs show the depth and consciousness of a young man who catapulted on the scene with a blaze of consciousness. - More

Queen OmegaQueen Omega: 23-year-old Queen Omega was born in Trinidad. She used to sing harmonies for soca bands before lending her talents to reggae music. Already hailed for her songwriting ability, vocal performance, honesty of expression and lyrical vision, she has delivered four captivating albums. - More

Lutan FyahLutan Fyah: Lutan grew up in the famed Spanish Town area on the edge of Kingston. Surrounded by music his whole life it did not take long before Lutan realised that he was here for a musical purpose. He first gained popularity with a tune called "Fling Stone" that caught peoples attentionin 1999. - More

Stone LoveStone Love: Stone Love represents the popular street culture of dancehall.  When Wee-Pow began spinning in the early '70s, the hot Kingston nights would boom with open-air dances, animated by  sound systems. StoneLove soon became a must-hear, drawing long lines and jamming every venue. - More

Omar SilkOmar Silk: Listening to the voice of Omar Silk, it is difficult to distinguish between himself and his older brother, the late legendary Garnett Silk. There is identifiable sound in their delivery, as Omar aims to be a true manifestation of his mentor who he credits with determining the steps of his journey. - More

Dennis AlcaponeDennis Alcapone: Famed Dancehall toaster  known as Dennis Alcapone was born Dennis Smith, on 6th of August 1947, in Clarendon Jamaica. Alcapone, like many young men in the 1960’s was musically inspired by U-Roy;, he became the frontsman toasting for the sound system called El Paso Hi-Fi in 1969. - More

GroundationGroundation: It is said that if you don't know your past, you don't know your future; well Groundation knows its past, and they're stepping into the future. While capturing the essence of true roots, they aim to take the genre to a new height by blending elements of both jazz and dub in their sound. - More

Wadi GadWadi Gad: Wadi Gad is a veteran drummer and recording artist who is in music business for over three decades. During his career he has worked with many greats in reggae, as he has played drums for artists like Horace Andy, Abyssinians, Big Youth, U Roy, Mikey Dread and John Holt, to name a few. - More

Bambu StationBambu Station: Was founded in 1996 by Jalani Horton of St. Thomas, to present creative ideas that would impact peoples lives. In 1999, Andy Llanos of St. Croix joined as the bassist and Tuff Lion offered his brilliant guitar work and wealth of experience to help the young bredrens evolve and grow. - More

ArmyArmy: Acclaimed St. Croix singer and songwriter, the voice of Army first surfaced on the three selections he recorded for the Eastbound compilation.  Since then, Army has released two full-length CDs as well as contributing a selection on the 'Talkin' Roots Vol. II' compilation.  - More

PressurePressure: This native of St. Thomas was an original member of the Star Lion Family. With a foundation strongly rooted in the livity of Rastafari, Pressure comes forward with the full spectrum of vocals - poignant conscious lyrics that touch the soul along with some wicked fyah-blazing chants.     - More

IbaIba: Iba (pronounced: 'Eye-bah') was born Charles "Chucky" Encarnacion on the island of St. Croix, Virgin Islands.  As the son of a musician, Iba was indoctrinated into music at a very young age, and his passion for knowledge led him to embrace the teachings of Rastafari in his formative years.     - More

BatchBatch: Born on the island of St. Croix, Batch became inspired by music at a very early age.  With exposure to musical equipment and records he developed an interest in music.  As a teen he began playing drums and became exposed to other musical instruments at a church. - More

Ras AttitudeRas Attitude: Blessed with one of the Virgin Island's most crucial voices of Reggae is St. Croix born Ras Attitude.  His love for music is one passed down from generations.  His mother and Grandmother, both well known for their musical abilities, are the foundation for his established vocals. - More

Thomas MapfumoThomas Mapfumo: Dubbed the Conquering Lion of Zimbabwe, Thomas Mapfumo has been Zimbabwe¹s most consistent musical figure over the past three decades. Through his music and poetry, he delivers uncompromising social and political messages.  - More

Yerba BuenaYerba Buena: It is said that in ancient times there was a curandera who collected all the earth’s herbs with the most healing properties and with her magic turned them into one good herb that she later planted to grow as wild weeds. - More

Universal LanguageUniversal Language: Universal Language is a musical melting pot fusing Latin and world grooves to create infectious high energy dance music. With strong roots in Mexico, Israel, Cuba, Italy and California, UL has united realizing a pancultural vision of unity through music.  - More

AphrodesiaAphrodesia: The name conjures images of erotic bliss, of sweet nectar removing all inhibitions, a gift from the Goddess of Love. This young San Francisco-based musical orchestra marries wildebeasts marching through your bedroom to the gentle aroma of a drop of honey on your lover’s trembling backside. - More

African Show BoyzAfrican Show Boyz: From the bush of Africa, Napoleon, Joseph, Issac, Mosses and JJ Sabbah emerge. The African Showboyz hail from Binaba, a tiny village in the northeast region of Ghana, West Africa. This tribal quintet is a unique blend and remarkable experience of African drum, dance, magic and adrenaline. - More

AlbinoAlbino!: Don't expect to see any musicians with deficient skin pigmentation in the band Albino! This Berkeley-based, 14-piece all-star ensemble honors the fiery legacy of Afrobeat inventor Fela Kuti by melding tightly-crafted arrangements and nuances of jazz harmony with propulsive, high energy grooves. - More

AshebaAsheba: I share my stories and those of other songwriters and storytellers in a personal musical format - while bridging the gap between young and old. I love communicating with young children, knowing they have just come into this world bringing with them so much from their ancestors. - More

Soldiers Of Jah ArmySoldiers Of Jah Army: Since it's formation in 1997 SOJA has come along way spreading original music with a conscious message. Based out of the Washington D.C. area SOJA is rising up strong. While reggae is the root of the music, the branches are strong  creating for them a truly unique sound. - More


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