June 18, 19 & 20, 2010

SNWMF 2010 - Lineup by Day (Reverse Running Order)


Friday, June 18:

Saturday, June 19:

Sunday, June 20:

Valley Stage:

Valley Stage:

Valley Stage:


Baaba Maal


Fat Freddy's Drop


Barrington Levy


Playing For Change


Don Carlos


Tony Allen


Toubab Krewe


Gregory Isaacs


Marcia Griffiths






Jimmy Riley

Village Stage:


Ken Boothe


Queen Omega


The Skatalites


Big Youth


Rootz Underground


Johnny Clarke


Soul Syndicate


Dubtonic Kru


Friends of Soul Syndicate


Ooklah The Moc




Judah Eskender Tafari  

Village Stage:


  Village Stage:



In The Dancehall:


Rootz Underground


Vernon Maytone


David Rodigan




Rey Fresco


Comanche High Power


Youssoupha Sidibe


Lloyd Brown


Jahdan Blakkamoore


Queen Makedah


Messenjah Selah    

Starting Times Approximate


  Lineup Subject to Change

In The Dancehall:




Stone Love




Ras Kush



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. Baaba is a citizen of the developing world who has carved out a place for himself in the first world. - More

Fat Freddy's Drop: From the underground to the higher-ground, Fat Freddy’s Drop do it for the love of music, and food! Driven by the power of live performance, sheer hard work and savvy independent CD and vinyl releases, the dream of world domination for the seven headed soul monster is fast becoming a reality. - 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

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

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.  
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Marica Griffiths: Kingston, JA. born and bred Linneth Marcia Griffiths O.D., started her reggae education as a young teenager at Jamaica's "Motown", Coxsone Dodd's prolific Studio One. She was born into a home full of love, faith, music and humility which are, Marcia says, the roots of her personal and professional success. - More

Jimmy Riley: Jimmy Riley was a founding member of The Sensations along with Cornell Campbell. Riley joined Slim Smith and Lloyd Charmers in The Uniques, before going on to do solo work including the 1980's chart-topping remake of "Sexual Healing." The recent success of his son, Tarrus Riley, has given a boost to Jimmy Riley's career.  - More

Tony AllenTony Allen: Born in Lagos of Nigerian and Ghanaian parentage, Tony taught himself to play by listening to records made by jazz drummers Art Blakey & Max Roach. Today living in Paris, Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest drummer and the man who, along with Fela Anikulapo Kuti,  created Afrobeat. - More

Playing For Change: Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to transcend & unite us as one human race. With this truth fixed in our minds, we share it with the world. - More

Soul Syndicate: Soul Syndicate rose to prominence in Kinston in the 1970s along with other groups such as the Wailers, The Upsetters, and Skin, Flesh & Bones.  With "Chinna" Smith and Tony Chin on guitars, "Fully" Fullwood on bass, and "Santa" Davis on drums, the group became Jamaica's most prolific hit maker during the 70s.  - More

Alborosie: Alborosie’s story starts in Italy where, at 15, he became a founding member of a reggae band called Reggae National Ticket.  Signed to BMG Italia, Reggae National Ticket enjoyed huge success and record sales in excess of 200,000 units.  Wanting more, Alborosie decided to quit the band & move to Jamaica. - More

The Skatalites: The Skatalites brought together the top musicians and styles of the time-fusing Boogie-Woogie Blues, R & B, Jazz, Mento, Calypso, and African rhythms -to create the first truly Jamaican music: Ska. Throughout the mid-20th century, experience in big bands solidified the prowess of most Jamaican musicians. - More

Ken Boothe: The Legendary Ken Boothe, O.D. has been through thick & thin, through star-time & no-time, from living in the shanties of Denham Town to the beautiful neighbor- hoods Jamaica.  The musical titan continues to record new music with a sense of purpose for promoting peace, love, and justice for all of humanity.  - More

Big Youth: A man with a message, Big Youth arrived on the music scene in the wake of U-Roy, Dennis Alcapone, and I-Roy, but quickly established his own style, threatening to eclipse them all. The consummate cultural toaster, the DJ ruled the dancehalls during the '70s and continues to have an impact on the music.  - More

Queen Omega: Jeneile Osborne a.k.a. Queen Omega is a name to be reckoned with in the field of Reggae Music. Hailing from San Fernando, Trinidad, Queenie displayed a passion for singing from a very young age and her mother Deborah, on recognizing her talent, encouraged her to pursue a career in music.   - More

Rootz Underground: Revolution reggae music - edgy, raw, natural, roots... They are Rootz Underground. That is their sound.  Since their start in 2000, performing at live jam sessions in Kingston, Jamaica at Harry's bar, Rootz Underground have gained notoriety for their live performances.  - More

Dubtonic Kru: The founding members of Dubtonic Kru are “Jubba” & “Stone”, a dynamic Drum & Bass duo who have contributed to the development of modern roots reggae with their unique sound & approach that intertwines Jubba's mesmerizing Reggae/Jazz Fusion drumming with Stone's groovy, yet pulsating bass lines.   - More

Toubab Krewe: Blending American and West African influences into a sound all its own, Toubab Krewe has set "a new standard for fusions of rock 'n' roll and West African music" (Afropop Worldwide). Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following. - More

Sambadá: Santa Cruz is the home of the surf-and-skate, capoeira-kicking, scene-busting phenomenon known as SambaDa. This smoldering and soldering band is a magnet of unexpected particles shaved from Brazilian and American sources. - More

Sarazino: Sarazino is the brainchild of Lamine Fellah, a musician, songwriter and producer whose nomadic life is reflected in the multicultural influences in his songs. Fellah is a true child of a globalized world and Sarazino's music draws on reggae, Latin & African grooves to create an upbeat celebration of the diverse world. - More

Johnny Clarke: One of Jamaica's most outstanding vocal talents, Johnny Clarke never achieved the international acclaim of some of his compatriots. However, during the mid through late '70s, the singer recorded a bundle of seminal albums and had an huge impact on the dancehall scene, which was then still the preserve of DJs.- More

Vernon Maytone: Vernon Maytone (Vernon Buckley), who started singing from the tender age of fifteen, formed the group The Maytones with his neighbour, Gladstone Grant, and almost instantly went in the studio after an audition for Alvin Ranglin of GG records in Kingston Jamaica. - More

Judah Eskender Tafari: With his captivating melodic voice, Judah Eskender Tafari delivers the positive message of Faith, Hope and Charity through music. He is a very seasoned artist that is blessed with the ability to musically thrill audiences. dancehalls during the '70s and continues to have an impact on the music.  - More

Ooklah The Moc: Ooklah The Moc was formed in 1997 playing a mix of roots reggae and hardcore. Through the years and several lineup changes, Ooklah became a strictly roots dub reggae band and reached its present lineup in 2000. - More

Rubblebucket: Someone once said that if Brooklyn and New Orleans had a love child it would be conceived while listening to Rubblebucket: a wild young eight-some from Brooklyn, Boston & Burlington, Vermont. Their banging horns and bombastic dance beats provide a landscape for the warm vocals of lead lady Kalmia.. - More

Rey Fresco: Inspired by a 36-string Veracruz harp, Ventura, California natives Rey Fresco recently released "The People," a remarkably fresh debut album that fuses the four band-members' varied heritages with their shared SoCal cool.  - More

Jahdan Blakkamoore: Jahdan Blakkamoore has long made a name for himself as a gifted and inspiring Reggae/Dancehall/Hip Hop/Dubstep artist - both nationally and internationally. His music has been described as “Urban World Music with a message,” and his skill and ability has solidified his status as a reggae artist. - More

Lloyd Brown: Over the course of the past two and a half decades, Lloyd Brown has risen to the very pinnacle of his profession, and with a string of hit singles and critically acclaimed albums to his credit, is now hailed as one of this country’s best ever reggae singer/songwriters.. - More

Messenjah Selah: Born Everton Clarke in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Messenjah Selah's songs address many important issues, including relationships, divinity, the environment, health, and more, in an original way. His strong lyrics and vocal delivery will no doubt capture the attention of all who seek knowledge and truth. - More

Queen Makedah: Queen Makedah of Zion serves up conscious, inspirational lyrics in a unique musical blend that fuses sweet full-throated vocal harmonies and delicious flavors of gospel, jazz and Middle Eastern music to muscular roots reggae rhythms. She is currently in California recording and promoting her music. - More

Youssoupha Sidibe: Youssoupha's music is deeply infused with a longing for the full realization of divine love in this world. His musical career began over twenty years ago in his home of Senegal. His music fuses traditional West African sounds on the Kora, with devotional Sufi chanting of the Baay Faal community.  - More

In The Dancehall:

David Rodigan ~ Photo by Sista IrieDavid Rodigan: Rodigan was born of Scott/Irish parentage having a Scottish father and an Irish mother.  At the age of approximately 15, Rodigan began buying records leading up to his first playing out date at age 16 in 1967.  The first arena for Rodigan’s DJ skill was a youth club playing to teenagers like himself.  - More

Stone 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

Ras Kush: The soundsystem profession, which Ras Kush practices, has been the path of evolvement for most major producers out of Jamaica. This also propelled Kush as a producer. His Black Redemption label has released consistently well-received productions, with sought-after titles and requests for continuous pressings. - More

Comanche High Power: Founded in 1999 by Daddy Stevo, Comanche High Power has grown to be the king reggae sound of the North Bay. Comanche High Power is a roots and culture sound - concerned with the culture of Jamaica and the Caribbean, as well as being conscious about the message in the music we play. - More

Sierra Nevada World Music FestivalThe Sierra Nevada World Music Festival typically has more than 30 reggae and world beat bands performing each year, and 2010 will be no exception.  Keep checking back as we are constantly adding artists to the line-up.

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