Reggae In The Desert
Luciano, Capleton, The Green, Inner Circle, Daniel Marley, Reggae Angels, Da Soulution
500 S. Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
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Reggae In The Desert
Las Vegas' largest Reggae festival showcasing both the unifying power of Reggae music and the Caribbean lifestyle.
Jepther McClymont OD, aka Luciano was born October 20 1964 in Jamaica. He started recording in 1992, with his debut single "Ebony & Ivory" on the Aquarius Record label and followed with his debut album 'Moving Up' for RAS records in 1993.
Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents while growing up in Davey Town, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica.
Luciano's music is influenced by many artists, especially Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul and most memorably of all "The Crown Prince of Reggae" the Late Great Mr Dennis Emmanuel Brown.
After voicing several covers for the Producer Sky High, Luciano released "Give My Love A Try," which was produced at Castro Brown's New Name Studio and was a hit in Jamaica. It was there that Luciano met Freddie McGregor the former Studio One child star who had become an International Reggae Superstar.
It was later on that he changed his stage name to Luciano while often being referred to as "Jah Messenjah" and also at around that time collaborating with Fattis Burrell's Xterminator label where he developed his conscious roots aspect. After recording several LPs for Burrell, he recorded a set for Island records before starting an independent career recording.
Luciano is an award-winning artist and although his object is to stay humble, he has received numerous awards including 'Most Spiritual and Educative Singer' and Mandela's 'Most Cultural Artist'. He even received a plaque from the Jamaican government to encourage him in the work he is doing. He was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer on October 15, 2007 in recognition of his contribution to reggae music.
In July 2009, Luciano paid his respects to fellow musician Michael Jackson by releasing a Reggae tribute of Jackson's iconic song, "We are the World"
Luciano has travelled the Globe extensively. In 2011 he spread out to more of the Continents - Africa, Australia and Asia. His favorite places are the motherland, Africa and the cradle of civilization, Ethiopia. His album The United States of Africa reflects this love and longing. His most recent solo album Write My Name was released in November 2010. In 2011 he released Rub-A-Dub Market.
Capleton (born Clifton George Bailey III, 13 April 1967, Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. He is also referred to as King Shango, King David, The Fireman and The Prophet. His record label is called David House Productions. He is known for his Rastafari movement views expressed in his songs.
Formed in 2009 on Oahu, Hawaii, The Green blends roots reggae with traditional Hawaiian vibes. Their new single "Liar" is out now on Easy Star Records. The Green's sophomore album Ways & Means spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard's Reggae Chart. Their self-titled debut album was named iTunes Best Reggae Album of 2010.
"The Green's powerful sonic identity fuses late 1970s-era dub-heavy roots reggae (reminiscent of English bands like Aswad and Steel Pulse) with strands of contemporary rock/pop/R&B and sporadic indigenous Hawaiian musical and lyrical references. That appealing synthesis has catapulted The Green to the forefront of Hawaii's thriving reggae scene." – Billboard
To anyone who's familiar with the band's 20-year-plus history in the reggae field and their immense popularity around the world-there's much more to Inner Circle than what meets the eye. Indeed, this Jamaican-bred, Grammy winning quintet is one of the world's most respected reggae groups with a long string of successes stretching back to the mid-70's. Inner Circle's special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy -filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal.
Currently based in the San Francisco, Calif. East Bay, the Reggae Angels have been touring the last decade in the U.S., Hawaii, Canada and South America. They are well loved and respected. They've taken the message to many different markets. Top international artists have had the Reggae Angels back them, including Don Carlos, Horace Andy, Michael Rose, Big Youth, The Abyssinians, Edi Fitzroy, Bernard Collins, Carlton & The Shoes, Junior Murvin, Clinton Fearon, Everton Blender, Sugar Minott, Andrew Tosh, Junior Reid and Frankie Paul. They have consistently met the needs of world-class performers touring with them to the far reaches.
The Reggae Angels vocalists are Fenton Wardle and Cynthia Roots. Lead vocalist and bandleader Fenton Wardle started playing for the public at the age of twelve, playing his accordion in the streets in San Francisco. In 1982 Fenton fronted his first band Ily in New Hampshire, where he attended Dartmouth and graduated in 1984. In 1986 he formed a band on the West Coast called The Chosen Few. In 1989 the band re-formed as The Elevations. Fenton sang lead and harmony vocals and played keyboards. With the Elevations, he produced two albums- Jah Guide and Good Judgment. In 1992 Fenton left the Elevations and started the Reggae Angels.
For his Reggae Angels unit, Fenton has produced Guard the Honor, Jealousy, Truth and Conviction, Spirit, Signs and Wonders, Which Road Will You Choose, Live Positive, Come To Jah, Save Our Souls, A Heart With Love, Balance and Make Blessings. Augustus Pablo is featured playing melodica and synthesizer on the earlier works, adding his melodious far eastern sound. The early mixing was done in Jamaica with some of the top engineers including Sylvan Morris, David Rowe, Soljie, Dr. Marshall and Hugh Palmer. Scientist mixed the next four CDs in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Balance and Make Blessings were mixed at Lion and Fox recording studios in Alexandria, Virginia by Jim Fox. The Reggae angels have a new album called " Prophetic Mission" also mixed by Jim Fox. They have one of the most prolific catalogues of any American based reggae band, including 13 CDs and numerous dubs.
Fans of reggae know The Angels deliver high-energy performances with a happy, uplifting sound and sincere message. Their music speaks of God consciousness --- beneficial truths for humanity. The lyrics are condensed spiritual insights and teachings --- the message. All different ages and kinds of people love and appreciate the Reggae Angels, especially the spiritually inclined. Their focus is on spirituality, affirming and clarifying the message of the prophets --- advice and prayers to bring us nearer to God. The Reggae Angels have their own recording studio in Oakland, California called The Workshop. See the website www.ReggaeAngels.com for music samples and upcoming show schedule.