March 12th Prezident Brown and the Reggae Angels are bringing a strong conscious roots reggae co-bill package to Ashkenaz in Berkeley, CA. This should be a great uplifting roots gathering.
Prezident Brown is a conscious Jamaican roots reggae artist who carries a universal message of love and righteousness. Prezident Brown has been touring the US every year consistently for the last decade with his own band. He has headlined many festivals including Reggae in the Hills, the Rejuvenation Festival in Santa Cruz, CA, The Northwest Reggaefest in Eugene, OR and The One Love One Heart Festival in Sacramento, CA. He also recently performed on Reggae on the River in Humboldt, CA, the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Mendocino, CA and the Mystic Mountain Reggae Revival in Greenwood Maine. He is touring North America again in March, April & May 2016. Contact Peter, Kings Music International at (510) 326-8445 or email if you are interested in bookings.
Prez recollects – “I remember as a youth I started out from humble beginnings in the country side, hiding from my mother after church on Saturdays so that I’d be able to go to the dance hall. She tried to punish me each time by not letting me into the house until day light or to by making me fill three big water drums from the standpipe down the road before she would let me eat or sleep. No punishment mattered to me, so she finally gave up and told me to do what I wanna do. I would ride on the back of the truck that transports the sound system to the dancehall on weekends through the 14 parishes of Jamaica as an MC. Without fail I would always end up chanting on the mic with steady, conscious and positive lyrics. Over the years I created a name and reputation for myself locally. Driven from then by the intention to entertain, inform and inspire, today I am an independent touring/recording artist delivering the same vibes, now mature and more accurate, creating a fan base internationally.”
Prezident Brown is an influential musical spokesman and grassroots leader. His popularity is steadily on the rise as he continues to carry the musical torch in North America, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and beyond. Prezident Brown is a spiritual musical messenger who has knowledge to share in his music. Prez is consistently a hard working artist, who keeps performing live and putting out new CD’s that bring strength and encouragement to his listeners. Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement that entertains, informs and inspires. Prez’s releases are called To Jah Only, Generation Next, Prezident Brown – Showcase Volume One, Two, Three, 4 Health and Strength, Common Prosperity and I Sound is from Creation.
Influenced by the spirit of Rastafari and the original Jamaican dancehall rub-a-dub sound system movement Prezident Brown is scheduled to release his tenth studio album called The Journeyman Pilgrimage. This project is close to his heart because it brings forth the best of his love in fourteen strong, fun, conscious, positive and spiritual tracks. These musical vibrations display the full maturity of his art, showcasing where he’s come from and where he is now.
“My career is a journey with different phases unfolding as I go. It’s a reggae journey and I believe music is of divine origin and should be invoked with the highest praise, so I’m inviting you all to join me. I call it The Journeyman Pilgrimage because I always go the extra mile with and for the purpose of delivering my music.”
The Journeyman Pilgrimage is scheduled to be released on the Tad’s Record label. Prez worked closely with producer/engineer Barry O’Hare, who has also worked with Burning Spear, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and many others. Bassist Devon Bradshaw from Axx of Jahpostles, who has worked with Burning Spear and the late Garnet Silk has been instrumental in Prez’s sound as the bass player and producer. Ian (Beezy) Coleman, the guitarist for Ziggy Marley, is also featured on this project as well as many of his previous works. Young artist/producer/beatmaker Rivah Jordan of Soundkillaz Music has also been heavily involved. The first single/Video from this project entitled Boy Baby was released on September 30th 2014.
Co-billing the evening March 12th at Ashkenaz with Prezident Brown is the Reggae Angels. The Reggae Angels had a strong festival season last year performing on Reggae in the Hills, The Oroville Rock Reggae Jamfest, Reggae on the River, the Trinity River Jamboree, the Bay Vibes Festival and the One Love One Heart Reggae festival in Sacramento, CA. They have also recently performed on the Northwest World Reggae Fest, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, The Seattle International Reggae Festival, Reggae in the Desert in Las Vegas, the Wild Mountain Fair, the Pitzer Reggae Festival and others. This year they are scheduled to perform on the World One Festival July 4th in El Cerrito, CA. The Reggae Angels toured North America in 2015 backed by Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang. This was their second US tour backed by the Rhythm Twins.
The Reggae Angels music consists of lyrical guidance for themselves and others towards righteous living – proverbial words and music. The Reggae Angels have toured North America, Hawaii, Canada, South America, Europe and Africa. They have co-billed tours with Andrew Tosh, Everton Blender, Michael Rose, Don Carlos, Anthony B, Junior Reid, The Abyssinians, Sugar Minott, Warrior King, Frankie Paul and Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang as well as touring on their own.
The Reggae Angels latest release is called The Way. This is serious message music in collaboration with the multi-Grammy award winning legends Sly and Robbie on bass and drums with the Taxi Gang, featuring Franklyn ‘Bubbler’ Waul on keyboards, Nambo Robinson on trombone and Stepper on saxophone. Also featured are Dwight Pinkney on guitar and Laurie Lewis on violin.
The Way brings the Reggae Angels 13 CD catalogue from strength to strength. It fires up the listener with the spiritual messages expressed in these works. Over the past two decades the Reggae Angels have been consistently bringing the world sincere message music. Their live show is well groomed after years of spot dates, touring and recording. They deliver high-energy performances with a happy, uplifting sound. Their musicians are world class.