Reggae Legends for Father's Day Show
Fresh off the success of the their first annual Carnival All-Inclusive — C'est La Vie, 'Network trini Events' launches their second concept event 'Reggae on the Bay'. The event is carded to start at 3 p.m. on Father's Day – June 17 at the O2 Park (formerly Mobs2) Chaguaramas.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and showtime is promptly at 4 p.m. In its inaugural stage Reggae on the Bay features the grand masters of reggae Steel Pulse and the legend Barrington Levy backed by his full band. The cast also includes the newly discovered star Jah9 and her producer, the sound system icon Rory of infamous DJ group Stone Love.
Sons of the soil – Marlon Asher, Jah Melody, Levi Myaz and Aaron Marquez will open the festival. Also performing will be one of best reggae bands in tthe country – Buzzrock, as well as music by the great Nyah Binghi, New Chapter, Blackstone, Xixgon, Matsimela and X-caliber. The sound, stage and lighting will be the product of the best sound company in the Caribbean – Rent-A-Amp
Reggae on the Bay promises to be an annual feature on the premium event calendar in T&T. The pristine venue will host an art & craft area, huge bars and well place food courts. Set up inside the greenery of the Amphitheatre will also be branded promotional activities in the both the VIP Greens and the VVIP Courtyard.
Tickets are on sale directly from committee members listed on Facebook – keywords "Reggae on the Bay" or nationwide at strategic outlets around the country like Cache, Bazo Sport, the Converse stores, Woodford Cafe restaurants, Rehab Bar Pt Fortin, Frankies bar Ariapita Avenue, Bobby's bar Curepe and all Japs Fried Chicken
Its will be evening of positive vibes and high quality production accompanied by top class entertainment perfoming the music we love.
Ask any DJ in T&T "what song can liven up a party or save a DJ set?" Nine out of ten will sing to you the live version of Barrington Levy's classic Reggae Sunsplash performance of "Here I come".
He chants: "On the intercom Rosey tell me to come, say she didn't have a daughter, she already had a son...."
One of the great success stories of the '80s, Barrington Levy, arrived on the dancehall scene and swiftly remodeled it in his own image. Although numerous DJs and vocalists would rise and fall during this decade, Levy was one of the few with staying power, and he continued releasing massive hits well into the 90s. Born in 1964 in Clarendon, Jamaica, as a youngster, Barrington Levy formed the Mighty Multitude with his cousin Everton Dacres.
Levy's rich vocals were made for duets, both with other vocalists and DJs, and it wasn't long before the young star was also recording collaborative singles. Levy made a sensational appearance at Reggae Sunsplash in 1980, then returned a year later. During these early years, the singer seemingly spent all of his time between the recording studios and the dancehalls. Amidst the deluge of singles, four albums arrived as well between 1979 and 1980.
Roots music itself, though, was losing its grip on the contemporary Jamaican music scene, and the time was ripe — musically, politically, and culturally — for a change. People had tired of the more militant rasta-fired visions and were searching for something lighter, but with the immediacy of the dancehalls. Levy provided the perfect answer. A veteran of the clubs, he brought the spontaneity of the DJ to his records, while returning vocals back to the sound system scene which had been purely the realm of the DJs.
Utilising old roots rhythms revitalised by the Radics, and giving the songs a hard, but danceable edge, Lawes and Levy together helped establish a whole new dancehall sound. 1980's Robin Hood merely affirmed what everyone in Jamaica already knew: That Levy was now the biggest star on the island, with a talent that was unbeatable.
Before the 80s were over, he scored two more hits with "My Time" and "Too Experienced," both under the aegis of producer Jah Screw, and both covers of songs written by Bob Andy (ex-Paragons and also of Bob & Marcia fame). As the new decade dawned, Levy inked a deal with Island's Mango subsidiary, and released the Divine album, a strong return to form. He joined forces with Rebel MC and Tenor Fly for the smash single "Tribal Base," which soared into the British Top 20. Now signing with MCA in the US, Levy attempted to cross over into the North American market with 1993's Barrington.
Meanwhile, back in Britain, the singer was chalking up another hit with "Work." In 1994, Levy was joined by Beenie Man on the singles. From 1996 and over the next two years, his circle of friends was obviously growing, and 1998's exciting Living Dangerously featured such diverse artistes as rap master Snoop Doggy Dogg and Southern California punk-reggae heroes Long Beach Dub All-Stars. In 2003, his debut album Bounty Hunter was reordered and reissued as Moonlight Lover on the Burning Bush label. Two years later, the Sanctuary label collected his recordings with Henry Lawes and Alvin Ranglin for Love Your Brother Man: The Early Years. Numerous compilations have continued to appear featuring much of the singer's greatest work.
Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK's Grammy-winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The group has continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.
"We just can't ignore the politics, because every life and soul that's born on this earth is a political manoeuvre for someone, at some stage", Hinds explains. "From a spiritual aspect, it's really an upliftment through facing reality — what's out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society — especially the black communities right now".
The band has always taken its causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City's Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York.
Steel Pulse is the only UK reggae group to win a Grammy. In 1985, Babylon The Bandit Album won the Best Reggae Album category. Their international success earned them further Grammy Nominations for their albums, Victims, Rastafari Centennial, Rage & Fury, Living Legacy and African Holocaust.
Invited guest appearances include Arsenio Hall, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The Rev Al Sharpton, Jay Leno, Branford Marsalis, C Thomas Howell and Robert Townsend have all had cameo appearances in Steel Pulse videos. The band has been joined live on stage by artistes as diverse as Stevie Wonder to the "Stranglers" and has performed live with Bob Marley & the Wailers, Sting, Inxs, Santana, Robert Palmer, Herbie Hancock and Bob Dylan, amongst others. A collaboration with Spike Lee on the Do The Right Thing movie soundtrack in 1989 resulted in David's composition "Can't Stand It" featuring in the movie.
In 1993, at the request of the Clinton Administration, they became the first reggae band ever to perform during the inaugural festivities at The White House
Steel Pulse started out performing on the British punk scene with groups like Generation X as part of the Rock Against Racism movement was founded in the Handsworth section of Birmingham by Hinds, and core members Selwyn Brown and, Steve Nisbett. Their original bass player, Ronald McQueen, named the group after a popular racehorse.
2012 has seen the release of Rocksteady a film co-starring David Hinds and featuring band's live members. The Hinds track Rocksteady was composed especially for the movie.
January 2012 saw the group perform in Haiti for the first time. The track "Hold on for Haiti" was written as result of the earthquake and they have been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for the relief effort with Partners in Health.
Steel Pulse is currently working on a new album which will be released later in the year and also a documentary of their long career which features live footage and interviews.
Steel Pulse is David Hinds (lead vocals, rhythm guitar and Selwyn Brown (vocals, keyboards).