Sunday, January 27, 2008

Junior Reid - The Parish - February 3, 2008

From the just in time for Mardi Gras department... Junior Reid and the Reggae Angels, Andrew and Wada Blood, Jah Mighty and Jr Vibes @ The Parish on Feb 3rd. Show starts @ 9pm and tix are $20 and you can get them here.


Strolled into Momo's last night to check out RX Family and it was a real treat. As a complement, these guys are Boombox-esque. They're a live hip hop band, complete with a sax. The band have been friends since they were little kids, albeit, they still look fairly young. As a special guest appearance, the Misfitz joined the band and gave me an orgasm in my ears. Look out for more from these guys!

More info:

Junior Reid (born Delroy Reid on June 3, 1965 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician, best known for the song "One Blood", as well as being the man that replaced Michael Rose as lead vocalist for Black Uhuru.

Reid had a tough upbringing in West Kingston'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 "Know Myself" at the age of 14 for the late Hugh Mundell, released in the UK by Greensleeves Records. 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 80's, 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", "A1 Lover", and the evergreen "See How Me Black See How Me Shine", an uplifting and proud statement which became an anthem to the ghetto youth whom Reid increasingly championed. Reid was involved in the 1983 shooting death of reggae singer Hugh Mundell; he was travelling in the same car as Mundell in Kingston. After the death of Mundell, 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" - his chance of a wider audience came with the offer of replacing Michael Rose in Black Uhuru. Always a strong follower of Black Uhuru, and with a similar vocal style, Reid slipped into Rose's shoes with ease. The collaboration on his first Black Uhuru album Brutal, in 1986, was well received by all. Two years and two albums later, Junior's interest to produce material for himself drove him back into the solo arena and back to King Jammy's studio.

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