JUNIOR REID was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and had a tough upbringing in the city's Waterhouse district, notorious for being one of the most dangerous places in Jamaica. It was there in the politically turbulent late '70s that he recorded his first-ever single "Speak the Truth" at the age of 13 for the late Hugh Mundell, released in Jamaica on Augustus Pablo's Rockers International label, and popular as an import single in the United Kingdom. UK label Greensleeves Records followed this with "Know Myself" in 1981. He then went on to form his own band, the Voice of Progress, and after a local hit with "Mini-Bus Driver" the group scored local success with an album of the same name.
By the early '80s, commissioned by the great Sugar Minott to record a number of tunes on Minott's Youth Promotion label, enjoying considerable popularity with tracks such as "Human Nature" (produced by Junior Reid), "A1 Lover" (produced by Sugar Minnott), and the evergreen "Foreign Mind", an uplifting and proud statement which became an anthem to the ghetto youth whom Reid increasingly championed. Junior Reid transferred his talents to King Jammy's studio on St. Lucia Road where his fast-growing success rose yet another notch. "Boom Shacka Lacka" was his first UK hit and led to another exceptional album. After a number of fine singles – which included "Youthman", "Bank Clerk", "Sufferation", "Give Thanks and Praises" and "Higgler Move". Reid then launched his label "Jr Productions" with his first single "Settle Down" by Barrington Levy. His opportunity to then reach a wider international audience came with the offer to be the lead singer in Black Uhuru. Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru, and with a similar vocal style, Reid took the group to another level. Three of the singles he did with Black Uhuru "Pain", "Nah Get Rich and Switch", and "Let us Pray" were released on Junior Reid's label JR Productions. The collaboration on his first Black Uhuru album, the Grammy-nominated Brutal, in 1986, was well received by all and during the time he was with Black Uhuru they toured Europe, the UK, The USA, Canada and Bermuda. Two years and three albums later, Junior's interest to produce material for himself, and desire to regain his domestic popularity, drove him into the solo arena and into his own studio (One Blood Recording Studio), as well as focusing on his own label JR Productions. Reid had a number 21 hit in the UK in 1988 with the collaboration with Coldcut, "Stop This Crazy Thing". He had an even bigger hit in 1990, with "I'm Free", recorded with The Soup Dragons, reaching number 5. Meanwhile, 1989's "One Blood" saw him re-established at the forefront of the reggae scene. "One Blood" became an anthem for unity in America and around the world. According to Rolling Stone magazine (May 7, 2013), the lyrics of "One Blood" were the source of the album title for Vampire Weekend's third release, Modern Vampires of the City.
As a producer, Reid has his own production company; JR Productions. He produced two songs on Snow's second album, Murder Love, released in 1995. Reid has collaborated and produced for Dancehall artist Ninjaman, on many occasions since the early 1990s. He has also produced for Mighty Diamond, Big Youth, Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. He produced all of this work in his own recording studio, which he opened in 1988.
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His vocals have been used in the hip hop scene, which debuted as a collaboration on the songs "One Blood Under W" and "Jah World" from The W album by the Wu-Tang Clan, which was released on 21 November 2000. His next collaboration with Guru on the song "Mashing Up the World" on the album "Jaz Mattaz". In 2006, he collaborated with West Coast hip hop artist Game on the song "It's Okay (One Blood)"; The song also samples Reid's 1989 single "One Blood". The song hit the top of the billboards and it was also included in the video game Def Jam: Icon for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. The song was then remixed again and the official remix was released on November 7, 2006. It features 25 hip-hop artists including The Game.
Reid appeared on the Blackout remix of Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot" from his debut album M.I.M.S. (Music Is My Savior). This was one of the more popular remixes made in 2007. He recently did a song with Jim Jones, Max B and Mel Matrix called "What A Gwan", which features a sample from Barrington Levy's "Black Roses". Reid is on Fabolous's album From Nothin' to Somethin' on the track "Gangsta Don't Play" and he has collaborated with Fat Joe on the track "More Money". He appeared on the remix of Smitty's song "Died In Your Arms" also featuring Rick Ross and T-Pain. In late 2007 he performed in the "Freedom Concert" in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and also went on to record the remix version of "Free" with The Indispensibles, a Nigerian hip hop duo. Reid was also proudly featured on the track "Fire" from San Francisco-based DJ and deep house producer Miguel Migs' 2007 album "Those Things."
On 18 November 2007, Reid performed alongside Alicia Keys at the 2007 American Music Awards. Reid is also featured on a remix version of Alicia Keys' single "No One". He also did a song with Lil Wayne called "Ghetto Youths Rock". In 2008, Reid was featured on Bun B's song "If It Was Up II Me" off his album II Trill.
In 2011, Junior Reid teamed up with Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Bun B, Game, Twista, Jadakiss, Waka Flocka Flame, Fat Joe, Ace Hood & Birdman in the remix of DJ Khaled's "Welcome to My Hood". "Welcome To My Hood" (featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne & Plies) is the lead single of DJ Khaled's 5th studio album We the Best Forever.
In May 2013 Reid performed as a headliner at the Reggae On the Hills festival in Barbados. The festival was well attended with over 60,000 people in attendance, the largest crowd in their history, and Junior Reid's appearance was in wide anticipation.
His most recent singles are "Sharing the Night Together", "Never Let you Go", "Same Boat" and are being played widely in Jamaica and across the world.
Junior Reid released a mixtape in May 2013 called Kingston Firehouse which is leading up to his album Junior Reid Living Legend.
Reid's son, also named Junior, has followed him into a career in music, working under the name Juju Blood.
In an August 2014 interview with Midnight Raver, record producer Delroy Wright revealed that he has unreleased Junior Reid material from the Firehouse Clash sessions that he is planning to release on his Live & Learn record label.
David is constantly pushing the boundaries of live electronic music. Playing, composing, and conducting his own electronic symphony live on stage, his performances are brimming and layered with human emotion, world exploration, and sacred sounds. Whether performing by himself, or with a live band, “ THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE” always delivers an emotionally charged show.
“The Human Experience” aims to cross cultural barriers through music. David has collaborated with artists all over the world including Rising Appalachia, Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Random Rab, Elephant Revival and many others.
Since his debut album “Inaudible Sounds” in 2010 , he has released nine other albums in the last six years and has new projects planned for release in 2017. Each song is a sonic journey; interweaving psychedelic layers of melody and harmony with organic grooves and international vibes.
Composing and performing live with the Audio/Visual/Dance projects “Phadroid” (Android Jones + Phaedra), “Quixotic”, “Lucent Dossier”, and “Seraphim” David is expanding his sounds into the mixed media world.
David has performed all over the world sharing the stage with renowned artists such as The Roots, Thievery Corporation, Bonobo, Tipper, Emancipator, The Polish Ambassador, and many more.
Over the last several years he has toured in UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Central America, Canada, and all over the United States at a variety of events including festivals like Burning Man, Boom, Coachella, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Lightning in a Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Symbiosis, and Envision.
His music has been featured on NBC prime time TV and is beginning to make its way into the world of cinema.
David is consistently redefining himself as an artist, performer, and human being. Moving and traveling around the world, meeting people from all walks of life and realms of consciousness, he is continually learning, growing, and sharing inspiration with those around him.
“We don’t play music, music plays us” – David Block
THE GROUCH is one of the founding members of the internationally infamous crew, The Living Legends. Humbly beginning on a 4-track recorder nearly 15 years ago, The Grouch has steadily grown into one of the prominent figures within the independent hip hop scene. Known for captivating his listeners with his down to earth and truthfully poignant raps and production, The Grouch has successfully released over nine solo projects making this year’s, “Three Eyes Off The Time” his tenth solo release. In addition to his solo career, The Grouch has played an integral part in building the Living Legends brand, sound, and image. A consummate workaholic, The Grouch also has numerous groups outside of his solo career and LL collective, most notably: The Grouch & Eligh, Zion I & The Grouch, and The CMA with Living Legends crewmate, Luckyiam.
With a diverse array of musical influences, Pressure approaches the decks with reggae sensibilities in one hand and punk rock ethos in the other. Drawing upon wide-ranging backgrounds in global culture, his mixes are a high energy fusion of ancient musical traditions with the modern language of hip-hop, dancehall, trap and bass music with electro and latin samples. Over the years he's made warmly received appearances at festivals such as Reggae On The River, Northern Nights and Gaia. Artists he's opened for include Talib Kweli, Iamsu, Balkan Beat Box, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, Sage The Gemini, Mozzy, Nef The Pharaoh, Delhi 2 Dublin, Del The Funky Homosapian, The Skatalites, The English Beat, Mickey Avalon, Dirt Nasty, Yellowman, and Anthony B including backing Gift Of Gab and Baby Bash.
For years SUN HOP FAT has been at the forefront of introducing the unique sounds of Ethiopian Jazz to the masses. The music blends the rhythms of traditional American funk (James Brown, Parliament) and jazz (Yusef Lateef, Miles Davis) with harmonies and melodies from East Africa. The result is an up-tempo groove machine that borrows harmonies from the Middle East. The music focuses primarily on arrangements from the “golden era” of Ethiopian Jazz but includes original compositions as well. This all-star band includes standout musicians from other popular San Francisco Bay Area groups.
Sun Hop Fat has developed a solid following throughout Northern California by playing a number of clubs and festivals. The ability of the band to captivate sit down jazz crowds as well as steal the spotlight in prime festival slots, encouraging crowds to get up and dance, makes the group flexible in its appeal and garners support from diverse audiences.
Sun Hop Fat will be touring and appearing at festivals up and down the west coast throughout 2018.
“…a steady wall of extraordinary moving sound and beats…” – San Francisco Examiner
BOA Aka Chris Noonan is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and Dj
He has developed an exciting show, shattering Genre Boundries and Bringing together
elements of Dub, World Music, Funk, Hip Hop, Downtempo and experimental. While taking the audience on a Journey through cultures and styles. BOA draws the crowd in with intricate and elevating Horn lines
playing Tenor, Baritone sax, Flutes and even the Shanai. Channeling the energy of the Crowd
BOA's shows consistently build the energy with masterful use of tension and release.
He has shared the stage and played with Rob Garza, Lettuce, Breakscience, Brother Ali, Michael Menert, Gladkill, Kastle, Thriftworks, Dumstaphunk, Monophonics, Vinyl, DJ Logic,Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, and George Porter Jr.
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