Reggae music has many facets. Here in Canada, there seems to be a real division of things. One is either into roots and culture, into dancehall or into live music. There seem to be several lines drawn to the consumer where some only go to certain shows and certain artists or certain styles of music. What is evident is the lack of cohesiveness of the reggae fans, DJs, Selectas, bands and artists as it pertains to the education and knowledge of tons of talented people promoting and performing reggae music in Toronto.
Growing up in the home and birth place of reggae music, Kingston, Jamaica, I am more used to “Reggae” as one, all encompassing thing where DJs and live musicians garner the same respect and play on shows together, from roots, to lovers rock to dancehall, all in the same spot with adoring crowds at all of the events.
Not always too sure of all of the whys and wherefores except to say that here in Canada, the strong colonial presence encourages elitism and keeps good folks from fulljoying the music together, as it was meant to be, so I believe it then boils down to education or the lack of it. I will take the time to show some of the performances and events that I have been to and was able to get a little footage to show some of what I saw, yet I leave it to the consumer to decide what they would like to feel.
My hope / goal is to find a spot where reggae in all of its forms are celebrated on a weekly basis with all kinds of good people coming by to support / share in the positivity of the music and the performers.
Starting last night, Thursday, 11th June 2015 with. Rosco Christie one of the early days reggae contributors in Toronto, is the driving force The Memberz Band holding a live vibe together and morphs the band through SEVERAL personnel changes to continually bring their flavor of reggae vibes. It is nice to watch the emergence of Mavriq Brown as a lead vocalist express his vast range with this talented group behind him.
Raspect to to this band for their versatility and their musicianship!
This clip a bit bassy but it was perfect on the night...
Come see Star work at Island Soul @ Harbourfront Centre, 1st August, 2015 http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/islandsoul/2015/events/index.cfm?id=6943&festival_id=199
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