Join us on Saturday, march 19th, 2016 for an evening of world class reggae as the Mateel welcomes the legendary Mykal Rose with special guests, San Francisco Bay Area favorites Reggae Angels ~ PLUS! ~ DJ Party to follow at the Brass Rail Bar in Redway!
For over 25 years, Michael Rose has been recording and performing his brand of militant, hardcore Jamaican music to the delight of reggae fans around the world. As a solo artist, with Black Uhuru, and back as a solo artist, the “Ruff” Rose has achieved great success throughout his career, even as different Jamaican musical styles have phased in and out of popularity.
Perhaps the highest profile recognition came in 1984, when Michael Rose and the other Black Uhuru members (Duckie Simpson, Puma Jones, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare) won reggae’s first Grammy award for the album, Anthem. But the story doesn’t begin with Black Uhuru. In 1976, Michael Rose was already a seasoned performer, having honed his skills by performing on Jamaica’s hotel circuit. When an early incarnation of Black Uhuru (Ducky Simpson and Errol Nelson) approached Michael to join the group, he already had several solo singles to his credit. These include the original “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “Clap the Barber,” both recorded for producer Niney The Observer, and “Running Around” for Winston Campbell.
Black Uhuru’s first full length was released in 1977 and called Love Crisis. It was produced by King Jammy (then Prince Jammy), and the big hit of the album was “I Love King Selassie.” But it was not until the Showcase album was released in 1980-with a new lineup of Michael Rose, Duckie Simpson, and Puma Jones-that Black Uhuru reached their creative peak. Heartbeat reissued the set on CD (Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, HB 18), which includes the massive 12″ singles “Shine Eye Gal,” “General Penitentiary,” “Plastic Smile,” and of course, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” At the forefront of the recordings and live shows was the charismatic Michael Rose, who had incredible stage presence and a vocal style all his own. So popular was his trademark sound that singers like Don Carlos, Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, and others embraced it as the “Waterhouse” sound.
Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Black Uhuru continued their success with albums on Island Records-Sinsemilla, Red, Chill Out, and Anthem, along with compilations, dub albums, and live albums. They became the best-known reggae act since Bob Marley, and won the first reggae Grammy for Anthem in 1984. Even today, Island continues to capitalize on the group’s success by re-compiling and re-releasing the group’s Island years material.
With lead singer Michael Rose seemingly at the top of his game, he parted ways with Black Uhuru, with the intention of redefining his musical direction as a solo artist. In the early 1990s, Michael Rose suddenly appeared on the scene with new material including Jamaican singles produced by Sly & Robbie (“Monkey Business,” “Visit Them,” “One a We Two a We”), and three albums (Proud, Bonanza, and King of General) released in Japan.
As a solo artist, Michael regularly tours the U.S. and Europe, and has maintained his Jamaican fan base with hit singles on the island and abroad. He is a modern roots singer, and fits perfectly into today’s scene. With a glorious past and a wide-open future, Michael Rose is truly a reggae superstar.
Currently based in the San Francisco, CA East Bay, the Reggae Angels have been touring the last eighteen years in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Hawaii, and Canada. They are well loved and respected.
They have co-billed and toured with many top international reggae artists and groups such as Don Carlos, Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang, Anthony B, Perfect, Richie Spice, Horace Andy, Michael Rose, Big Youth, The Abyssinians, Edi Fitzroy, Lutan Fyah, Carlton & The Shoes, Clinton Fearon, Everton Blender, Sugar Minott, Andrew Tosh, Prezident Brown, Shinehead, Junior Reid and Frankie Paul. reggaeangelsThe Reggae Angels vocalists are Fenton Wardle, Cynthia Roots and Angelica Wardle. Lead vocalist Fenton Wardle started playing for the public at the age of twelve playing his accordion in the streets in San Francisco. In 1982 Fenton fronted his first band called Ily in New Hampshire where he attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1984. In 1986 he formed a band on the West Coast called The Chosen Few. In 1989 the band re-grouped as The Elevations. Fenton sang lead and harmony vocals and played keyboards. With the Elevations, he produced two albums – Jah Guide and Good Judgment. In 1992 Fenton started the Reggae Angels.
The Reggae Angels have one of the most extensive discographies of any American based Reggae acts. With the Reggae Angels, Fenton has produced – Guard the Honor, Truth and Conviction, Spirit, Signs and Wonders, Which Road Will You Choose, Live Positive, Come To Jah, Save Our Souls, A Heart With Love, Balance, Make Blessings, Prophetic Mission and most recently The Way. Augustus Pablo is featured playing melodica and synthesizer on the earlier works, adding his melodious far eastern sound. The early mixing was done in Jamaica with top engineers there including Sylvan Morris, David Rowe, Soljie, Dr. Marshall and Hugh Palmer. Scientist mixed the next four CDs in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The latest albums, Balance, Make Blessings, Prophetic Mission, Turn on the Light and The Way were mixed at Lion and Fox recording studios, in Washington DC by Jim Fox.
Their new 13th album features Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang and is called The Way. This album is a double CD featuring a dub CD – Fox Dubs the Taxi Gang. The Reggae Angels record their rhythms live in their own studio in Oakland, CA called The Workshop.
Fans of reggae know The Reggae Angels deliver high-energy pumping performances with a happy, uplifting sound and conscious message. Their message is universal and their musicians are world class. Their music speaks of God consciousness. The lyrics contain spiritual insights and teachings. All different ages and kinds of people love and appreciate the Reggae Angels, especially the spiritually inclined. Their focus is on clarifying the message of the prophets – sincere advice and prayers to help us live lives pleasing to the creator.