CDXX Celebration Featuring Steel Pulse & More
Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 4:20 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)
"Steel Pulse is all about love and justice through Music - for the poor, the voiceless, and the downpressed. Our music is for the upliftment of all people on Jah planet. We must work together for a better tomorrow, to live in I-nity with all creation." - David "Dread" Hinds
To anyone who’s familiar with the band’s 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there’s much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70′s.
Electrik Dread - www.ElectrikDread.com
"Richard Booker’s life is filled with the enrichments of his strong musical heritage. Like his brother Bob Marley, Richie is an impassioned singer/songwriter with inherited talent... Electrik Dread fuses electronic, dance, and a blend of tribalism with vivid visuals to create a transcending message."
Kēvens - www.Kēvens.com
"An electic fusion of profound sounds,conscious lyrics,and inventive musical stylings.Incorporating the infectious energy of dubstep/rock/reggae vibe."
Biggz General and RedLyte with ARTIKaL Sound System -
Dax Lion and Jesse Royal with Judah Tribe -
SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS & SPEAKERS!
& MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
CDXX is a musical celebration held annually on 420. People from all over the world come together in unity and love: To enjoy live music performances by world renowned talent such as Steel Pulse, Electrik Dread, Kēvens, Artikal Sound System, Biggz General, RedLyte, Judah Tribe Band with Dax Lion and Jesse Royal, and many more.
Come experience live artistic displays such as glass blowing, an array of fine food, beverage vendors, local shops, dazzling special effects, giveaways, prizes, and much more. CDXX promotes love and charity within the community by providing an outlet for the soul to express itself through music, while also benefiting local charities.
Immerse yourself in an experience that will enrich youself and our brethren in unity for years to come.
Steel Pulse -
Steel Pulse was formed in 1975 in Birmingham, England, specifically the inner city area of Handsworth. The founding members were schoolmates David Hinds (the primary songwriter as well as the lead singer and guitarist), Basil Gabbidon (guitar), and Ronnie "Stepper" McQueen (bass). All of them came from working class West Indian immigrant families, and none had much musical experience. They took some time to improve their technical proficiency, often on Roots inspired material by the Wailers, Burning Spear and several other prominent Jamaican artists. McQueen suggested the group name, after a racehorse, and they soon fleshed out the lineup with drummer Steve "Grizzly" Nisbett, keyboardist/vocalist Selwyn "Bumbo" Brown, percussionist/vocalist Alphonso "Fonso" Martin, and vocalist Michael Riley.
Steel Pulse initially had difficulty finding live gigs, as club owners were reluctant to give them a platform for their "subversive" Rastafarian politics. Luckily, the punk movement was opening up new avenues for music all over Britain, and also finding a spiritual kinship with protest reggae. Thus, the group wound up as an opening act for punk and new wave bands like the Clash, the Stranglers, Generation X, the Police, and XTC, and built a broad-based audience in the process. In keeping with the spirit of the times, Steel Pulse developed a theatrical stage show that leavened their social commentary with satirical humor; many of the members dressed in costumes that mocked traditional British archetypes (Riley was a vicar, McQueen a bowler-wearing aristocrat, Martin a coach footman, etc.). The band issued two singles -- "Kibudu, Mansetta and Abuku" and "Nyah Love" -- on small independent labels, when they then came to the attention of Island Records after opening for Burning Spear.
Steel Pulse's first single for Island was the classic "Ku Klux Klan," which happened to lend itself well to the band's highly visual, costume-heavy concerts. It appeared on their 1978 debut album, Handsworth Revolution, which was soon hailed as a classic of British reggae by many fans and critics, thanks to songs like the title track, "Macka Splaff," "Prodigal Son," and "Soldiers." Riley departed before the follow-up, 1979's Tribute to the Martyrs, which featured other key early singles in "Sound System" and "Babylon Makes the Rules," and solidified the band's reputation for uncompromising political ferocity. That reputation went out the window on 1980's Caught You, a more pop-oriented set devoted to dance tracks and lovers rock. By that point, Steel Pulse was keen on trying to crack the American market, and went on tour over Island's objections. Caught You was issued in the States as Reggae Fever, but failed to break the group, and they soon parted ways with Island.
Steel Pulse moved on to Elektra/Asylum, which released an LP version of their headlining set at the 1981 Reggae Sunsplash Festival. Their studio debut was 1982's True Democracy, a generally acclaimed set that balanced bright, accessible production with a return to social consciousness. It became their first charting LP in America, making both the pop and R&B listings. The slicker follow-up, Earth Crisis, was released in 1984 and featured producer Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes subbing on guitar and bass for founding members Gabbidon and McQueen, both of whom left the group by the end of the recording sessions. They were replaced by guitarist Carlton Bryan and bassist Alvin Ewen for 1986's Babylon the Bandit, another Haynes-produced effort that ranked as the group's most polished, synth-centered record to date. It featured the powerful "Not King James Version" and won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album.
In 1988, Steel Pulse released State of Emergency, their most explicitly crossover-oriented album yet. They also contributed the track "Can't Stand It" to the soundtrack of Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing. In 1991, they released another heavily commercial album, the Grammy-nominated Victims, which featured the single "Taxi Driver." Backing up the song's views, Steel Pulse filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, charging that drivers discriminated against blacks and particularly Rastafarians. Founding member Fonso Martin left that year, reducing Steel Pulse to a core trio of Hinds, Nisbett, and Brown. Their backing band still featured Ewen and was elsewhere anchored by guitarist Clifford "Moonie" Pusey, keyboardist Sidney Mills, trumpeter Kevin Batchelor, Saxophonist Jerry Johnson and Trombonist Clark Gayton.
The 1992 live album Rastafari Centennial marked the beginning of a return to the group's musical roots, and earned another Grammy nomination. The following year, they performed at Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration, the first reggae band to appear at such an event. 1994's studio album Vex completed Steel Pulse's re-embrace of classic roots reggae, though it also nodded to contemporary dancehall with several guest toasters and a digital-flavored production. 1997's Rage and Fury continued in a similar vein, and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, the group released another collection of live performances, Living Legacy.
Fast forward a long seven years since their previous album, Rage and Fury, Steel Pulse would return yet again, this time with African Holocaust, and yet again have their ranks dwindled. Core members David Hinds (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Selwyn Brown (keyboards, backing vocals) are the only ones to remain from the band's original line-up, but they more than hold their own and they're joined by a deep roster of supporting musicians, a list too long to list. As always, the music is what's most important, and on that count, this Steel Pulse lineup indeed makes the mark. Granted, it did take them seven years to get the album out, but still it won a Grammy Awards Nomination for Best Reggae Album of the year. There's really not too much else to say about African Holocaust. Longtime fans will know what to expect. Newcomers should know a few things: above all, Steel Pulse are known for performing well-written, Afrocentric songs that are rebellious without being negative or inflammatory, and though the band membership has changed over the years, the type of songs hasn't, nor has the steady move away from dancehall that was apparent on the band's previous album. the message and music remain true to the band's principles and vision.
Steel Pulse is one of Britain's greatest reggae bands, in terms of creative and commercial success. Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience worldwide. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. By the late '80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound and have added touches of dancehall and hip-hop along the way.
To anyone who’s familiar with the band’s 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there’s much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world’s most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70′s. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy -filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. A testament to this is the fact that Inner Circle plays at many of the world’s largest music festivals-headlining alongside such towering pop and rock music icons as Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Conner, The Black Crowes, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many others.Along the way, the group has withstood two-and-a-half decades of triumph and tragedy, thanks to a shared belief in music’s power to unite and heal, and to the intensely loyal sense of family that’s kept the band vital through some turbulent times.” In 1978, while playing for the now infamous Reggae Peace Concert (a historic event ..ed in the film Heartland Reggae, which featured Bob Marley and Peter Tosh), the band achieved a major breakthrough when Chris Blackwell signed the group to Island Records. That same year, they achieved substantial commercial success with the Island album Everything Is Great, which became a Top 20 hit in the U.K and a Top 10 smash in France, and produced the popular singles “Mary, Mary” and “Music Machine. ”During this period, Inner Circle also became one of the first Jamaican groups to tour in the U.S. The band’s burgeoning fortunes were shattered in 1980, however, when vocalist Jacob Miller was killed in a car crash. Devastated by Miller’s loss, the band did not return to the studio until six years with new lead singer Calton. The regrouped combo was completed with the addition of drummer Lancelot Hall in 1985. Inner Circle achieved new levels of international success in the 1990s.The title track of the album Bad Boys became a Number One hit in almost every European territory and sold approximately seven million copies worldwide; and “Sweat (A La La La La Long)” exploded across the world, simultaneously topping the charts in several countries in Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand, as well as the European continent-where it became the most-played record ever in Germany and remained at 1 for a full three months.After winning a 1993 Grammy for Best Reggae Album with “Bad Boys,” the band scored again with the 1994 album Reggae Dancer, which earned another Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. That disc featured the breezy “Summer Jammin’,” featured in the soundtrack of Eddie Murphy’s film Beverly Hills Cop III. Meanwhile, the durable “Bad Boys” became a hit again when it was used as a title song for the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence action film of the same name. According to Touter Harvey, “The name Inner Circle means family, and that’s what we are. We’re all devoted to the band and each other, and that’s what makes us strong. We believe in the spiritual vibes of family and friends. Our success is nothing without warm, genuine people around to share it. Being successful is day-to-day just trying to be happy and keeping it real.
Electrik Dread -
Richard Booker’s life is filled with the enrichments of his strong musical heritage. Like his brother Bob Marley, Richie is an impassioned singer/songwriter with inherited talent. Their mother, Cedella Marley Booker, is the strength of his inspirational vibrations.
Booker was introduced to the music of the eighties as a child growing up in Wilmington, Delaware and spent his later years in South Florida. He penned his first real song at fifteen, beginning an endless musical journey as a writer, producer, and performer. Booker appeared in the feature film, Palmetto, with Woody Harrelson in 1998. Booker launched his first album, Shine the Light, in 2004 under the name Richie Booker. He has performed shows in Germany, Holland, Japan, Jamaica, the UK, and the United States.
For the past 19 years, Richard has been responsible for the complete production of the Annual Caribbean Festival, now known as the 9 Mile Music Festival. The festival, held in Miami, FL brings together thousands of people along with numerous talented musicians to help feed those in need. To date, more than two million canned goods have been donated through the festival’s charitable efforts.
Also, in honor of his family legacy, Booker has been the proprietor and facilitator of the world renowned “Nine Mile,” an everlasting tribute and monument to his brother and mother’s accomplishments as well as the many lives he has touched. Booker believes the world is something people have the power to change and his music is his instrument for change.
In 2011, he began working on his latest project, Electrik Dread. Electrik Dread fuses electronic, dance, and a blend of tribal ism with vivid visuals to create a transcending message. Through Electrik Dread, Booker plans to uplift the future golden age of eternal peace, righteousness, and prosperity to the masses with his energetic music.
Kēvens is on a quintessential mission. This 21st century, globally informed performer is the true renaissance man. Part musician, performance artist, actor, writer, reggae/ dub/rock/drum ‘n’ bass man and world citizen, he coins the ultimate mantra: “Positivity is a Necessity” .
With breathtaking skill and artistry the former DJ and MC turned singer/songwriter, strives to take people to a higher level of consciousness. An international traveler, he started his career spinning records in the clubs of South Florida but the innately poetic performer’s musical roots were more clearly witnessed when he formed the groundbreaking, progressive reggae group: Le Coup, with Bob Marley’s half brothers Richard and Anthony Booker. In fact, family matriarch Cedella Marley Booker told young Kēvens very early in his musical career: “Like a letter, you must write a song with purpose.”
This spiritual artist’s message is always at the center of his art and his life. Kēvens’ intricate concert performances and visualizations are pure conceptual theater. His goal is timeless and transcendent: to bring all races, cultures and creeds together. Kēvens is known for a beautifully lush drum ‘n’ bass amalgam of vocal dexterity and musicianship, mixed with a progressive but funky, rocking-reggae dub style and stunning dance as well as visual imagery. His knack for the timely and profound has enabled him to tour all over the world and finds him along side an eclectic array of legends and prodigies including Carlos Santana, Steven Tyler, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Cliff, The Prodigy, DMC, KRS ONE, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, The Chemical Brothers, Moby, Crystal Method, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, John Digweed, Roni Size Reprazent, BT, Stephen and Damian Marley, Steel Pulse, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Third World, KC & JoJo, Rabbit in the moon, Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation in recent times.
Biggz General -
BIGGZ GENERAL, Grandson of the HON. Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), is a thriving force amongst peers and positive voice for his generation. With inspirational lyrics and a Militant outlook on life, this soldier in Jah Army is on a mission to seek the truth, uphold the teaching of The King and promote oneness amongst his people.
RedLyte is the stage name for Al Laroche, a Trini-born and Brooklyn raised, Miami resident, whose musical attributes correlate to the changing environments of his upbringing. Having incorporated influences ranging from R&B to Soca, this ‘musical mutant’ as he is often referred by his comrades, possesses a solid, signature sound consisting of polyphonic texture, in any vocal range he desires, together with dominant lyrics and powerful harmonies.
ARTIKaL Sound System -
South Florida Reggae at it's finest. Official band of RedLyte and Biggz General.
Dax Lion -
While most upcoming artists tend to lack a strong identity and position on their music and their message, Dax Lion, a Roots Reggae artist, is cut from a different cloth. Emerging with the heart of a lion, he is unabashedly clear on his mission to convey world-reaching messages while embracing Rastafari in a solid, bass-driven Reggae groove.
When Jesse Royal was only a cub, the Lord revealed to his mother that she would have to release one of her sons to the world, proclaiming “he will be a psalmist, declaring righteousness and justice throughout creation.” As Jesse matured into a young lion, his mother observed in him a strong sense of integrity and a natural ability to positively affect those around him. But, it was his deep spirituality, passion for life and unique connection to music that would convince her that he was being molded to be used by the Creator.
Jesse David Leroi Grey, aka Jesse Royal, was born April 29, 1989. He enjoyed his early years in the hills of Maroon Town and the District of Orange in St. James before moving in the late 90’s with his mother and brother to join his father in Kingston. As fate would have it, Royal developed a special relationship with Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley (son of Ziggy Marley) at school. His friendship with Daniel proved to be fuel to the fire as they shared a deep passion for music and football. Their friendship evolved as they spent a great part of their childhood together. Soon the natural inclination confirmed they were simply brothers with different mothers. As these cubs became lions so grew their devotion to music. With the help of longtime friend Curt ‘Qban’ White they began composing and creating their own music. And together they proceeded to fulfill what they knew was a predestined musical journey, designed to inspire, engage and unite people beyond all geographic borders.
Judah Tribe Band -
The present fight and cry of the Children of the African diaspora can be heard and felt in the music of Soul-Reggae band, Judah Tribe. The band has members representing the USA, Haiti, Ecuador, & more, each bringing their own unique story in this fight for Peace, Livity, Equal Rights, & Justice. Led by singer/songwriters, Josh David(Q-Tip,Joy Denalane,Rene Neufville,Soul Cycle), and Eric (The General) Toussaint(Junior Reid, Riddim Nation, Ossie Delimore), the revolutionary sounds of Judah Tribe has been heard in New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, as a champion for the call to justice for Sean Bell with their tune, "Judgment", and at Lincoln Center singing the world disaster chant "Help Us JAH".
Presently, Judah Tribe is in the studio finishing up their own debut album, "New Day Dawnin", which is due this Summer. Other recent collaborations include Ethiopian-native, Shéba Sahlemariam("Love This Lifetime"), Jamaican Artists, Pashon Minott(Daughter of Sugar Minott), Biggz General & Alex Marley(of The Marley Family), & Dax Lion with new shows and new riddims soon come!
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