Reggae In The Desert

Las Vegas' largest Reggae festival showcasing both the unifying power of Reggae music and the Caribbean lifestyle.

Ky-Mani Marley

The Marley surname perpetuates Jamaican royalty, resonates world-wide recognition and represents the pioneer of a cultural, political and social revolution. Reggae icon and legend Bob Marley blessed the world with his timeless, brilliant and message filled sound which continues to inspire and influence audiences today. With such a living past, Bob Marley's conviction and passion for music unintentionally was passed to the lives of his offspring and has allowed the Marley name to remain relevant amongst the hierarchy of the reggae sound.

Born on February 26, 1976, Ky-Mani Marley is the son of Bob Marley and table tennis champion Anita Belnavis. Ky-mani is the second youngest of Bob Marley's eleven children. While bearing the Marley name, Ky-mani's childhood told a different story. Born in Falmouth, Trelawney, Jamaica and settling in Miami, Florida at the age of seven, he was raised in the inner-city in a two bedroom home along with eight family members.

Being exposed to an urban lifestyle, Ky-Mani adopted the attitude that all people are equal – no one is above or beneath him. This attitude has become the motto for the way he lives his life today. Humble. Soft spoken. Sincere. Loyal. Honest. Genuine. These are the makings of Ky-mani Marley.

As a child he had no interest following in the footsteps of his world-famous father and was more inclined to play sports. However, the seed that was planted by Bob's legacy sprouted in 1997 when Ky-Mani teamed up with hip hop artist Pras of The Fugees for a rendition of Eddy Grant's "Electric Avenue." This would be the defining moment in his journey which would lead him to pick up the torch his iconic father lit so many years ago.

Remaining true to his Jamaican culture, Ky-Mani's fondness for all genres of music influences the work he creates. He is an artist with no limits. Incorporating world music, hip hop, blues, rock and a grass roots sound into his music, the end product is the pure representation of life for Ky-Mani. His sound is one that transcends cultural lines and prohibits him from being categorized as only a reggae artist. His raw, unadulterated, gruff sound captures the listener and reverberates the essence of Ky-Mani's life story. Songs such as "Dear Dad," "I Pray," and "Ghetto Soldier" display the versatility and fiery-passion he exudes when sharing his voyage through song. Peace. One Love. Unity. Street Life. These are the makings of Ky-Mani's music.

Ky-Mani has four studio albums to his credit: Like Father Like Son, an album featuring cover versions of some of his father's songs; The Journey (Shang), in 1999, which received mass critical acclaim and peaked at #7 on the Billboard reggae album charts; 2001's Many More Roads (Fractal Ent/Reggae Vibes) which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album; and Radio (Vox), from 2007, which has more of a hip hop feel than his previous albums and reached #1 on the Billboard reggae album charts.

Ky-Mani has also collaborated with R&B and reggae songstresses (Mya, Marcia Griffiths, Tessanne Chin), dancehall giants (Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Mr. Vegas, Alborosie) and hip hop talents (Young Buck, Afu-Ra, Ms. Dynamite).

Third World

Third World is a band that some reggae purists disdain because they dare to deliberately cross-over to other genres to popularize their music for international mainstream audiences. Despite the critics, Third World remains one of most enduring and popular Jamaican bands in the world. Unlike many Jamaican reggae bands, comprised of hungry street kids with raw talent, no formal musical training and only their passion and drive to spur them to the top, the members of Third World come from the Kingston middle class.

The band was founded in 1973 by Stephen "Cat" Coore and Michael "Ibo" Cooper. Cooper is a policeman's son while Coore's father was a deputy prime minister who also taught music. Both Coore and Cooper received formal musical training at Forster Davis School of Music and Kingston's Royal School of Music respectively. Each also had solo and group experience on the Kingston reggae circuit. Cooper and Coore met while playing for Inner Circle. Other charter members include Richard Daley, Milton Hamilton (another Inner Circle veteran), Irwin "Carrot" Jarrett (a veteran percussionist with considerable concert and television production experience), and Cornel Marshal. From the start, the band was meant to be self-contained, a rarity back then. Third World did this so they could perform wherever they wanted rather than constantly scrambling for musicians or a sound system to support their singing.

They made their debut at the 1973 Jamaican Independence Celebration. Though they performed steadily around Kingston, they had trouble finding a studio willing to record them because most of the studios also ran the sound systems. In 1974, Third World went to London, released their debut single "Railroad Track" and signed to Island Records. Their first album came out in 1975. It received critical accolades and later that year Third World opened for Bob Marley on his U.K. summer tour. That year Marshall was replaced by William Stewart, and in 1976, William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke replaced Milton Hamilton on guitar. Though the title track of their second album, 96 Degrees in the Shade (1977), has become a reggae classic, the second album only sold moderately, yet it is considered to be one of their finest albums. Their third album, Journey to Addis, finally broke through to a bigger audience thanks to the R&B staple "Now That We Found Love," that Third World sang with a sophisticated blend of pop, funk and reggae riddims. The song, an international Top Ten hit, provided listeners the opportunity to sample the new Jamaican sound in a familiar aural environment.

Third World released three more albums through Island, but began feeling that they were standing too much in the shadow of the label's star act, Marley, and so moved to Columbia in the early '80s. Their first four albums did quite well in the U.S. and the U.K. with the single "Hooked on Love" from Rock the World (1981) making it to the Top Ten on the British charts. During the early '80s, Third World began working closely with Stevie Wonder who in 1982 penned and recorded another crossover hit with the group "Try Jah Love."

In response to critics, Third World justifies its forays into different genres as a means to keep the genre from stagnating. In making it accessible to wider audiences, they are also thereby making new inroads for their messages and making it music for the common people the world over. They are credited for being the first reggae act to add funk and to use a synthesizer. They were also instrumental in popularizing dub poetry, which in turn became the basis for dancehall, a form the band has increasingly embraced since the mid-'80s. Their 1985 album for Mercury, Sense of Purpose, marked their first foray into American hip-hop. Their 1992 album, Committed, was primarily a dancehall album though the title track spent time on the R&B charts. Subsequent recordings include 1995's Live It Up and 1999's Generation Coming. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Music Guide

Israel Vibration

Coming out of the late 1970s with a harder twist to the vocal trio format, Israel Vibration used dissonant singing to get their socially conscious message across. Having met as sufferers at a polio institute, this trio knew what the hard life was about, often coming on stage with a variety of canes and crutches. Their capable backing is usually provided by the impressive Dub ensemble, Roots Radics, who lay down heavy rhythms for the sad falsetto harmonies and Bob Marley-like lead vocals. Is Vibes or I-Vibes (as they are known to staunch supporters) have one of the best live shows around, thoroughly entrancing their ganja-loving audience with tales of Jah, unity and culture, tightly packaged in one of reggae's most haunting trinities.

With heavy influence from Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, and Midnite, Tribal Seeds brings a refreshing rock vibe to the roots style, reggae music. Spiritually driven and musically talented, Tribal Seeds have created an art form for rebel music enthusiasts! They bring an authentic sound that reaches a broad demographic and an energy that gets crowds moving to their infectious rhythms. Two brothers both raised playing instruments since early childhood in San Diego, head the group. The lead singer Steven writes the lyrics for the group. His brother Tony-Ray along with the band produces all their music. They have toured throughout the U.S. as well as Mexico, Guam, Aruba & Hawaii, and have shared the stage with such artists as, Matisyahu, The Wailers, Stephen Marley, Gregory Issacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and many more.

Their latest release "THE HARVEST" was released in June of 2009 & debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts. THE HARVEST is a follow up to their first official, self-titled album which was picked on iTunes "Best of 2008″ list. The new album consists of fourteen new and original songs, written and produced by Tribal Seeds. Lead singer, Steven continues the task of writing the lyrics, while his brother T-Ray (keyboards) and the rest of the band compose all of their music. THE HARVEST was recorded & mixed by Alan Sanderson at Signature Sound studios in San Diego, Ca. Mastered by Erik Lobson at Universal Mastering.

A few surprises ensue this latest release, with P.O.D.'s front man, Sonny Sandoval as special guest on "Warning". John (bass) debuts his singing and writing talents on songs "Come Around" & "Vampire", while the lyrics for "Libertad" were co-written by Tony (guitar).

Catch Tribal Seeds in 2010 as they tour in support of their latest release, The Harvest.

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Reggae In The Desert with Ky-Mani Marley, Third World, Israel Vibration, Tribal Seeds

Saturday, June 16 · Doors 12:00 PM at Clark County Government Center Amphitheater

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