From the Bahamas…AVARAN – NOW AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS for festivals and events. Born on a small island in the Bahamas, Avaran’s first known experience with reggae was at the age of six. This was at a time in which Bob Marley had recently visited the Bahamas on tour. We fast forward years later to 1996 where Avaran first emerges on the reggae scene cutting a few specials for a Bahamian sound system out of Miami.
This step would be instrumental in the early stages of Avaran’s career. His first release entitled “Only Jah” was well received locally but it was internationally where it received a substantial amount of airplay. “Only Jah” was also featured on the compilation “New Era Reggae” (Gaitor/Meditation) which included mega reggae artists such as the late Greats Dennis Brown and John Holt, also Freddie McGregor,and Mykal Rose, just to name a few of the artists on the compilation.
”Avaran is said to have provided one of the best songs on the album with the righteous dancehall single of Only Jah”. ..”.Avaran puts forth an admirable effort”. .. and ‘‘Avaran definitely comes from the Garnett Silk school of singers, with his emotional wail and mix of modern roots dancehall echoing the late Great Silk.”
FIRST STAGE SHOW
Avaran’s first stage show was in July of 1997 when he opened for the famed late African Reggae Star Lucky Dube. It was this same year when the humble beginnings of the debut album “Short Rope” began taking shape. In October of 1997, Avaran shared the stage with Luciano “The Messenger”, Sizzla and Mikey General at the Cameo Theatre On Miami Beach, Florida.
Avaran shared the stage again in the spring of 1998, with the current leading reggae artists of that time, namely Capleton, Anthony B and Yami Bolo.
In July 1998, Avaran traveled to Jamaica and appeared on both Heineken Startime stage shows in Kingston and Mandeville, opening the stage for John Holt and a host of other foundation artists. Avaran left Jamaica with a feeling that something great was to come and he was right.
In 1999 Avaran finished the work on Short Rope, produced by legendary producer Karl Pitterson and was ready to showcase his talents as a performer at the Midem Music Conference held in Caanes France in January 2000. At the Midem music conference he shared the stage with Beres Hammond, Half Pint and Rapper Doug E. Fresh.
His spectacular performances secured him a distribution deal back in the United States. From there It was on to Lyons, France where he teamed up with the Grammy Kid Mykal Rose together they toured through Germany, Holland, Belgium, and Luxumberg. In 2001 the journey it seemed had ended and it was here that Avaran’s career was forced to take a back seat due to personal reasons, but music was never too far away.
Still recording for Europeans producers Avaran made a comeback in 2006 with a song that would cement his name in the French reggae market for years to come. “Let Jah Be Praised” was recorded for Zion Gate Music. This single made way for other producers to quickly grab singles from this upcoming reggae star, next came, VI Connections with “Rumble Jumble Life” and “Things Tough” also came calling was Messenjah Music out of London, England they produced “Powers that Be” on a recut of the Promise Land Riddim, next was Gold Cup Records hailing out of Italy, they cut three single entitled “Gonna Be Dread”, “I will Rise” and “I Never Knew,” a masterful lovers rock.
Also on the list was Patate Records in Paris France, for them Avaran recorded “Fire” aka (Heathens). Next the German Producers, Pow-Pow Productions, produced “Times Getting Serious” on the Respond Riddim, and the great Stingray Records out of England took two singles “One More Night” and “I wanna Love You” which was featured on the “Move Up Riddim” Compilation.
In 2007 Avaran again headed to Europe where he toured from northern to southern France and Geneva Switzerland. Avaran continued working doing small shows in his hometown, and in 2011 Avaran returned to the market that always showed him love, he performed at “The Hootananny in Brixton England and a few shows again in France.
Now in 2023, Avaran has exciting new projects completed and the first release “WHO SHALL JAH SEND to be released July 31st, 2023 has shown to be on reggae fans top playlist according to the amount of radio spins it has already received. Avaran now has a slew of brand new hits and is ready for bookings worldwide.
Avaran is one of Reggaes unfounded and unheralded talents.
The Journey Continues …..