June 22, 23 & 24, 2007

About This Year's Artists:

Bunny Wailer: Bunny Wailer, loved by generations of Jamaican music lovers, remains one of reggae's most reclusive and understated heroes. He grew up alongside Bob Marley in the country, his father, Thaddius "Taddy" Livingstone, moved to Kingston at the same time as Bob's mother Cedella, where he opened a rum bar.  - 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

Richie Spice: Earth A Run Red ever since the world discovered the exceptional talent of Richie Spice. With an unmistakably distinct style, Richie Spice merges singing and deejaying into a unique art form, being able to define the two art formats quite clearly on his signature tracks. - More

Barrington Levy: From his humble beginnings in Kingston, Barrington Levy slowly worked his way up to becoming an international sensation.  In the formative years, Levy and his cousin Everton Dacres sang as the Mighty Multitude. A year later, Levy joined Byron Lee and the Dragonaires as a backing vocalist. - More

Carlinhos Brown: It is impossible to go anywhere today in Brazil without hearing the music of Carlinhos Brown. His name is almost synonymous with music. Carlinhos Brown says he is a workaholic, if you can call singing, drumming, writing and dancing "work". - More

Ojos de Brujo: The journey of Ojos de Brujo (ODB) started well before they began to know one other. In their fascination with the rhythmical treasures of the planet and the languages of flamenco. With a constant experimental curiosity and the need to reach out to and encounter other artists.  - More

Les Nubians: Music is every moment of our lives," says Helene FAUSSART, one half of the Afropean hip hop/R&B duo Les Nubians. Her sister Celia, found that this feeling connected them with people in Jamaica, Egypt, Cameroon, Chad, London, their native Paris and other locales around the world.  - More

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars: They are a testament to indomitable spirit & the transcendent power of music. Born in the midst of a violent, decade-long civil war, the band celebrates our ability to sustain hope, inspiration and creativity even in a climate of rage, loss and madness.  - More

Turbulence: Born Sheldon Campbell, Turbulence grew up in the "Hungry Town" district of Kingston right next to the notorious Granspen ghetto.  Always singing, it was not until an uncle heard him sing at a wedding that he began to take his talent more seriously. - More

Junior Kelly: Born on 23rd. of September 1969 in Kingston 13, Junior was raised in nearby Spanish town. Throughout his childhood, he was surrounded by music, as his grandfather and father both played the banjo, his mother sang in the Church and his brother Jim was a Deejay with Killamanjaro.  - More

Sugar MinottSugar Minott: 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

Tony Rebel: Tony Rebel is threatening to become an institution! Armed with the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica and a most credible, sincere voice, the 'Rebel with a cause' has, become arguably the most imposing figure in Jamaica's entertainment industry.   - More

Derrick Morgan: A member of the classic first wave of Jamaican ska artists, Derrick Morgan was among the genre's founding fathers, emerging alongside pioneers including the Skatalites, Laurel Aitken, Prince Buster and Desmond DekkerBy 1960, Morgan was the unrivaled King of Ska  - More

Bob Andy: Bob Andy emerged as a solo star in 1966 with the smash hit "I've Got to Go Back Home", a song which has become a much-loved anthem for Jamaicans. He had served his singing and songwriting apprenticeship with The Paragons, which he founded with Tyrone Evans and Howard Barrett, later joined by John Holt. - More

The Ethiopians: The Ethiopians were one of Jamaica's most influential vocal groups during their heyday. Not only did the duo spearhead the transition between ska and rocksteady, Leonard Dillon's Rastafarian lyrics paved the way for the conscious roots reggae era that was to come.- More

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

Queen Ifrica: She is known as Queen Ifrica because everything about her is of royal character.  Strong,  effervescent, audacious and self-assured yet modest and humble, Queen Ifrica, of the stock of music great Derrick Morgan, was christened Ventrice Latora Morgan. - More

Clinton Fearon: If you know reggae music, you know Clinton "Basie" Fearon. For over 18 years he was singer and bass player with the internationally renowned group The Gladiators. Fearon's first two releases, "Freedom Train" and "Rockaman Soul", reached the Top 10 on the Jamaican charts. - More

Earl Zero: Earl Zero was born in the poorer Greenwich Town area of Kingston, Jamaica. By the mid 1970s, when Zero began to meet fellow neighbor-musicians such as Earl "Chinna" Smith, Greenwich Town was an area ripe for the flowering of Rasta, and Z's songs, such as "Shackles and Chains," began to reflect this way of life.  - More

Sukhawat Ali Khan represents the family lineage of the 660 year old Sham Choras traditional school of music established during the reign of Emperor Akbar of India.  His training in both classical raga and Sufi Qawwali singing began at the age of 7 under his father,  Pakistan/ Indian vocalist Ustad Salamat Alik Khan. - 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. Stone Love soon became a must-hear, drawing long lines and jamming every venue.  - More

Downbeat The Ruler: In the locally-run sound systems of New York City, Downbeat the Ruler has proved to be the most enduring. Founded in the 70's by selector Tony Screw, Downbeat rapidly became a force that could compete with the strongest sounds from New York to Jamaica.   - More

Markus James: Markus James is originally from Virginia and the DC area, where his first musical memory, is of an old, blind blues singer he saw playing on a sidewalk. He first encountered West African music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival when he was mesmerized by the Gambian Kora player and singer, Alhaji Bai Konte.  - 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

NiyoRah: Nigel "NiyoRah" Olivacce was born in the coastline village of Pointe Michel, Dominica. At age 4, he moved to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with his family, and cultivated an interest in music through listening to artists in his father's and uncle's roots reggae collections.   - More

Abja: Abja is a multi-talented singer, singjay, songwriter, and producer hailing from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.  Abja is a powerful performer whose spirit and energy transmits to everyone around him. He sings with a strength of purpose, with a dynamic and confident, yet humble, stage presence.  - More

Mada Nile: As a child, Mada Nile was always surrounded by music, either her mother's soul music or the roots reggae that her DJ brother was drawn to. She brings a full package to her performances, combining the heavy roots-oriented message of her lyrics with a delivery style that embraces riddims to move the people. - More

Volcano: Volcano (aka Lava) is the latest chanta to emerge on the St. Croix music scene. His fire-branded lyrics and delivery, which first surfaces on the "Black Star Liner" compilations, epitomize STX reggae.  2006 saw the release of his debut album "Mo Fyah Chant", which was followed by Tru Vibez Muzik release "Rise!!!!" - More

Aba Shaka: Imhotep Shaka, AKA Aba Shaka, has been involved with roots sound systems in the UK from the age of thirteen. He is a frontline musical warrior who is determined to use his music as an instrument for changing and healing minds and spirits.   - More

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

Mark Wonder: Mark Wonder is into his fourth album, Break The Ice, and he expects it to do exactly that.
Since Wonder's first album Signs Of The Time was released in 1996 he has been heralded as one of the new crop of singers likely to fill the vacuum left by the sudden departure of Garnett Silk.
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Elijah Emanuel: Elijah Emanuel has evolved through several incarnations of The Revelations since 1996.Their first-hand view of the struggle of the local immigrants against the U.S. government fueled Elijah Emanuel's imagination for addressing Roots Reggae music to concrete issues.  - More

Fire Pashon: There is now a female progeny of a prominent performer making her mark on the scene as an artist - Fire Pashon, the daughter of Reggae music legend Lincoln “Sugar” Minott. Fire Pashon has a new CD out on The Black Roots label called Flames that is currently getting a lot of play.  - More

Malika Madremana: Malika Madremana is a Puerto Rican sista from New York who has been singing, recording, and performing roots music for the past decade. Her debut album Healing, released in 2005, is one of the reggae genre’s best kept secrets and is well-loved and respected on the underground scene.  - More

Kusun Ensemble: Kusun Ensemble is an extraordinary group of musicians and dancers based in Ghana, West Africa. The group includes past members of The National Ballet and The Pan African Orchestra. Although rooted in traditional music, Kusun has developed a new brand of music and dance they have dubbed "Nokoko."  - More

SambaDá: SambaDá is soaring to new heights with the release of the album "Salve a Bahia". With one foot firmly rooted in California, and another in the deep cultural traditions of Brazil, SambaDá serves up non-stop percussion driven dance music that leaves people dripping wet and calling for more. - More

LoCura: Locura.. One word: madness. Separated into two, ..lo cura..: it cures it. Two words found within the one; the cure found within the madness. During the times when the world is spinning too fast to comprehend, we find we need a remedy, and music can be that cure. - More

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