SNWMF 2006 Lineup:

Friday, June 23 Saturday, June 24 Sunday, June 25

Valley Stage:
Baaba Maal
Amadou & Mariam
Samba Ngo

Indian Ceremony

Village Stage:
Ras Michael
Inner Visions
Luna Angel

In the Dancehall:
Jah Shaka

Valley Stage:
Misty In Roots
Gregory Isaacs
Nasio Fontaine
Rico Rodriguez
Michael Prophet

The Robotiks

Village Stage:
Vusi Mahlasela

Mambo This!
Lost Coast
Mad Professor

In the Dancehall:
Stur Gav Hi Fi


Valley Stage:
Coco Tea
Fantan Mojah

Don Carlos
Ken Boothe
Cornel Campbell
Neutral Sisters

Village Stage:

Toubab Krewe
Gomba Jahbari
Los Pinguos
Larry Marshall
Willi Williams
Soul Vendors


About This Year's Artists:

Baaba MaalBaaba Maal: Senegalese master musician Baaba Maal is a pillar of the African music world. For over ten years, he has been creating magical compositions ranging from the purest traditional sounds to exciting, innovative fusion.  - More

Misty In Roots: With a career spanning 4 decades, Misty in Roots are one of England’s finest reggae groups. The band was one of the most powerful live reggae acts to emerge from 1970s London, and they were a major force in the Rock Against Racism movement.  - More

Coco Tea: Coco Tea was one of the few early dancehall stars to carve out a consistent, productive career as the genre evolved over the years. His cool-toned, laid-back vocals were perfect for sweet, smooth lovers rock, and gave him a distinct identity amid his more aggressive peers.  - More

CultureCulture: Formed in the rich tradition of harmony trios in 1976, Culture quickly became a part of the vibrant, politically charged Jamaican reggae scene of the day.  Originally known as the African Disciples, the line-up consisted of Joseph Hill, Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes.  - More

Gregory Isaacs: One of Jamaica's most beloved vocalists who is as pertinent in dancehalls as he is in bedrooms, Gregory Isaacs' career has stretched over 30 years. From the heady days of reggae through lovers rock, a genre he virtually invented, his talent reached into the modern age.  - More

U-Roy: Ewart Beckford had no idea that the gleeful shouts, banter and jive he waxed at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle studios in early 1970 would net him even a shirt, let alone influence a musical trend which has no end in sight.  - More

Amadou & MiriamAmadou & Mariam: Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia, however, first came together through a shared adversity. Both are blind and they met at the Institute for the Young Blind in Bamako, the capital of Mali. - More

Vusi Mahlasela: Vusi Mahlasela was born in 1965 in Lady Selbourne, near Pretoria, and grew up in Mamelodi township, where he still resides. Vusi never knew his father, lost his mother at a young age, and was raised by his maternal grandmother.  - More

Sidestepper: Richard Blair was a rising producer in the U.K., working with Peter Gabriel's Real World sound factory and a host of international stars when he took a fateful detour to Bogota, Colombia, back in 1992.   - More

Don CarlosDon Carlos: Singer/composer Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) founded the legendary reggae band Black Uhuru in 1974 with Rudolph Dennis and Derrick "Duckie" Simpson, friends from the rough Waterhouse district of Kingston. - More

Jah Shaka: The two most important elements of a Jamaican sound system are selection of records and sheer volume, emphasizing an apocalyptic amount of BASS. Most sessions (reggae dances) are held in the most run down parts of cities such as Kingston, New York, Toronto, or London.  - More

Michael Prophet: Michael Prophet has got one of the most distinctive and beautiful voices known in the whole reggae world. He was born in 1957 and grew up in the western Kingston ghetto of Greenwich Farm. He began his recording career in 1977 when he was discovered by Vivian Jackson.   - More

Alika: Hailing from Argentina comes this deep latin roots rasta woman whose conscious message is touching souls far and wide.  She sings of the nueva alianza (new alliance) in which people flee from vengeance to find a new equilibrium and balance in life. - More

Mad Professor: A disciple of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor was one of the leading producers in dub reggae's second generation. His Dub Me Crazy albums helped dub make the transition into the digital age, when electronic productions started to take over mainstream reggae in the '80s.  - More

Rico Rodriguez: One of the most prolific session players of Jamaica's pre-ska era, trombonist Rico Rodriguez later emerged as a catalyst behind the UK's 2-Tone movement of the late 1970s, recording both as a solo artist and as a member of the legendary Specials.  - More

The Robotiks: Precision to rival a finely tuned, well-oiled machine, yet with the wild beating heart of a lion: those words aptly describe Robotiks, house band for “Mad Professor” Neil Fraser’s Ariwa Studios stable.   - More

Stur Gav: U-Roy had a powerful and direct influence on Jamaican music for well over a decade past his popularity’s peak in 1970, primarily through the sound system that he founded and ran. This sound, King Stur Gav Hi-Fi, provided a platform for artists to take their teacher’s style to the forefront.    - More

Ken Boothe: Ken Boothe is Jamaican music's best kept secret. The sheer intensity of his bravado vibrato has cut through some of Jamaica's most timeless, beloved and dangerous sides. At the top of the Jamaican charts in the late 60's, Ken could do no wrong.   - More

Cornel Campbell: Falsetto voiced Cornell Campbell, born 1948, Jamaica, first recorded for Studio One, and was a member of both The Uniques and The Eternals. At the beginning of the 70s he got involved with producer Bunny Lee, for whom he recorded numerous lovers and roots slices.  - More

Willi Williams: One of the true foundation members of reggae music. Best known as a producer and as the composer of "Armagideon Time" an international hit song for himself and the British Pop Group "The Clash". Willi Williams has been writing, producing and performing music for over 35 years.  - More

Larry Marshall: Born in 1945 in St. Anns, Jamaica, had his greatest successes recording for Coxsone Dodd. He worked as an engineer in Coxsone's studios and was able to voice a string of outstanding singles, sampled on the excellent "Presenting Larry Marshall". In the mid 70s he produced his own album "I Admire You", which enjoyed memorable success.  - More

Soul Vendors: The original "Studio One" Band members from Jamaica Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamaica. This creative group of talented studio musicians, recorded with, and helped to launch the careers of... - More

Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus: Ras Michael was born George Michael Henry in Kingston, Jamaica. He grew up in the Rastafarian communities, where he learned hand drumming and eventually became an internationally acclaimed Nyabinghi drum specialist whose style is roots, rock reggae.    - More

Nasio Fontaine: From the rugged green mountains of Dominica a passionate manifestation of Rastafari comes forward in reggae. His name is Nasio Fontaine and his music has the power to flow into your consciousness and lift your energy. - More

Inner VisionsInner Visions: St. John in the US Virgin Islands is home to this unique sounding band. With over twenty-five years experience in the field of reggae music you'd probably ask yourself why you haven't heard of them before now.  - More

Gomba Jahbari: Solid. Aggressive. Profound. These are only some of the words that describe the reggae group Gomba Jahbari. This band began 1998, when two childhood friends decided to join forces to undertake a musical project based on the simplicity of rhythm in Jamaican roots reggae.   - More

Fantan Mojah: Owen Moncrieffe took the name Fantan Mojah in order to clearly define his Rastafarian beliefs and to underline the serious content of the music that he felt compelled to make. His debut release of last year, "Hail The King" heralded the international arrival of a major new talent in Jamaican music     - More

Chezidek: Chezidek started singing from an early age at school concerts, and was a member of St. Ann's Bay Marching Band. After finishing school he performed on sound systems in the area, as Chilla Rinch singing and DJing at various dance and talent shows.  - More

Mishka: Mishka was born in Bermuda and he lived with his parents on a sailboat from the age of three onwards. His early musical memories included listening to Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, hearing snatches of pop and reggae on the radio on trips to Caribbean islands.  - More

Aisha: Aisha was always surrounded by music as her father ran a sound system playing at weddings and parties. It was her father who encouraged her early development as singer as he realized her natural talent and would give her the microphone so she could sing over the records that he played. - More

Samba Ngo: The music of Samba Ngo exudes a healing power that must be experienced to be understood. Rooted in traditional Congolese sounds, Ngo is a master of sebene - music that enchants and entrances listeners with driving layers of guitar, and call-and-response choruses.   - More

Toubab Krewe: Blending Malian, American, and "Dirty South" influences into a genre all its own, Toubab Krewe "has set a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music," says Banning Eyre at Afropop Worldwide.  - More

Los Pinguos: They came to the US from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a mixture of Latin rhythms, performed with Spanish guitars, a Cuban Tres, Peruvian cajón (box-drum) and harmonizing vocals.  - More

Neutral Sisters: The group Neutral Sisters consists of sisters Kyra and Bianca Noons. Born in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya Africa, to an English father and Jamaican mother. In 1980 the family moved to London and spent the next seven years there before returning to Jamaica. - More

Mambo This!: Mambo This! is a seven piece salsa band based on the Mendocino Coast. We have gathered from a variety of musical backgrounds to share our love of Afro-Cuban music.  - More

Luna AngelLuna Angel: Luna Angel was born in 1981 to a Jamaican mother and a French father in Marin County, California.  Luna’s family was always involved in music, coming down through many generations, music underlines Luna’s heritage.  - 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

Rootstock: Rootstock is a highly respected 5-piece reggae group from the heart of Northern California. Formed in 1983, Rootstock's musical style, based on roots-reggae and world-beat rhythms, has been described as "eclectic", "World fusion", and "reggae with a rock edge".   - More


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