Culture, Jah9, Dubtonic Kru, Unite-One Seattle July 24
Culture Yard Productions, our locally-based Rastacentric-arts-promoter, is hosting this intriguing bill of Jamaican artists at Hales Ales Palladium on July 24th : the original CULTURE band, featuring Kenyatta Hill - JAH9 - Dubtonic Kru
with local support from the Unite-One band featuring singers Katteye and Yaddi from Jamaica and Ethiopia.!!
Plus sets from our talented DJ Court !!!
It's going to be a Conscious World Party up in Fremont!!! Bring the family and join these amazing world-renowned artists in performance.
Deeply mystical, Jah9 has emerged from a chrysalis of poetry, dub and spirit to become a powerful femiNINE energy within a universal grassroots movement of consciousness. Inspired by the open spaces in the instrumental dub of 1970s Jamaican roots music, Jah9 sings with a voice that belies the dimensions of her physical body, from a soul much older than its current vessel; reminiscent of that darkly operatic wailer for truth & justice, Nina Simone. Her philosophyprofoundly spiritual, and her styleJazz on Dub.
A staple on Jamaicas underground poetry scene by 2009, in instrumental dub she found a place where her words could live, and the songs she started to write found eager encouragement.
Her focus and determination culminated in the 2013 release of her debut album New Name. Jah9's growing audience world-wide currently await her upcoming album "9".
Considered a nation builder and community activist, she has been heavily involved in youth development work. She has helped develop programs for at-risk youth in Kingston, worked on the creation of Healing of the Nation public awareness campaign and been at the core of the creation of the non-profit youth and arts advocacy group known as Manifesto JA in 2005. This is JAH9's debut performance in Seattle, appearing with her DUB TREATMENT band, fresh off the headlining slot at the NW World Reggae Festival in Oregon.
CULTURE featuring KENYATTA HILL
Culture, the preeminent roots reggae harmony group of Jamaica, founded in 1976 with the shining lead vocals of Joseph Hill, is solidly roots, perfectly executed and delivered with genuine emotional fervor. Joseph Hills devotion to the traditional Rastafarian values of purity, simplicity and justice is exemplified by Cultures lyrical themes. Hills message is clear and uplifting. His songwriting abilities are outstanding and music reviewers have lauded his achievements for three decades. The story of Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter for the legendary Jamaican vocal trio Culture, did not end when he collapsed and died while on a 2006 tour of Europe. To the amazement of promoters, fans and critics alike, his son, Kenyatta stepped onstage and delivered electrifying performances time and again nineteen shows in all until the tour was complete. This was unheard of in any genre of music at any time. Kenyatta gave of himself so totally as his father had for so many years that the two seemed to become one, the eerily similar voices and the vibes igniting the critics and yielding a new reggae mantra magic, not tragic!
At the Ranny Williams Center in Kingston Jamaica at the memorial concert for his father, Kenyattas performance with Culture was the highlight in a star studded night and garnered him the rousing support of the hard-to-please Kingston reggae audience. Kenyatta went on to front Culture in a series of performances in the US, Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, again leaving audiences amazed and delighted.
Influenced by elements of dancehall, grounded in the roots tradition and motivated to carry on his fathers work, Kenyatta set to writing to finish songs that Joseph had started and create new music of his own. On his poignant debut single, Daddy, (Tafari Records), backed by a masterful roster of musicians including Sly Dunbar and Dean Fraser, and produced by Lynford Fatta Marshall, he confronted the emotional pain and uncertainty he felt after the loss of his father. He cried while he wrote, just as audiences in Europe had cried while he sang.
Don't miss chance to see the Roots alive : CULTURE featuring Kenyatta Hill this July 24, 2016!
Imagine heavy baselines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics. Now imagine roots reggae, imagine dub, rock
Like their style of music, Dubtonic is a mixture of two words "DUB", relating to the heavy drum and bass aspect of reggae music and "TONIC", referring to medicine. The eclectic blend of music and musicians are certainly medicine to ones soul and after listening you simply just want more of this TONIC
It's then no surprise, the level of positive energy that is shared through music between "Dubtonic Kru" and their listeners everywhere they perform.
Founding members of Dubtonic Kru, Jubba and Stone, a dynamic Drum & Bass duo, who over the years contributed to the development of modern Roots Reggae, with their unique sound and approach that intertwines Jubbas mesmerizing Reggae/Jazz Fusion drumming with Stones groovy, yet pulsating bass lines. The Duo has gained about a decade and a half of experience from touring and or recording with the legendary likes of Max Romeo, U-Roy, Burning Spear, The Mighty Diamonds as well as modern day artistes such as Bushman, Junior Kelly, Richie Spice and Lutan Fyah.
With the addition of longtime friend and versatile guitarist Jallanzo, who added his strong vocal ability and the young, talented Luke Dixon on work stations, Dubtonic Kru became a more complete music machine. Another turning point of the groups dynamic came with the addition of very unique and powerful singer to round out the already electrifying dub compositions with sometimes spoken words and song writing by Jubba and Jallanzo. Kamau, the Quiet Warrior, brings a revolutionary voice to the Kru. Their songs and spoken words are consciously thought provoking, while their rhythm/dub section walks through the passage of time with a gritty sound that rolls stones and break fences. Some of their popular numbers like Sunshine Girl, Born Jamaican, World Crisis, Balance and Natty Dread are testimony to the groups versatility.
They are certainly dedicated and poised to raising the bar and keeping it interestingly spontaneous!
Dub and Tonic, the Dubtonic Kru is dedicated to keeping Bands and Reggae Alive
Unite-One is a band made of Seattle musicians that represent roots and culture from all over the world. Published and distributed by Culture Yard Records, our music is a symbol of the resonating local-vibe Seattle scene as it relates to the greater world issues of peace/war, globalization and mass consumption. Our shows bring diverse crowds together including the hiphop, funk, reggae, and indie-experimental rock communities. We are down for whatever, for whoever, whenever; as long as it includes conscious groove music and the best night ever!
DOORS OPEN 7:00 PM
Hales Ales Palladium (View)
4301 Leary Way Northwest
Seattle, WA 98107