Earshot Entertainment Presents
Mango Kingz, Jordan T, DJ Jah Yzer, hosted by Big Body Cisco (Big Body Radio)
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Reggae is one of the bloodlines of New Zealand music, and the all-Maori band Katchafire has become its foremost advocate today. A family affair from day one in 1997, founder and lead guitarist Grenville Bell and sons Logan (lead vocals) and Jordan (drums), remain the core of the band. Transcending their origins in a Hamilton garage as a cover band, Katchafire took their Marley-inspired original music to the bars and clubs, building up a fan base of thousands. Their exceptional debut album, the prophetically named Revival, sold in excess of 45,000 copies (more than double platinum in New Zealand) and they scored massive hits with songs like Giddy Up, the nation's biggest selling single of 2002-3.
After building on that success at home with the platinum follow-up "Slow Burning", Katchafire took a major step forward when New Zealand foreign exchange students Introduced their Kiwi reggae vibes to the fertile soil of the Hawaiian Islands. Underground popularity soon exploded onto the airwaves, and by the summer of 2006 Katchafire was topping the sales charts in the Aloha State and headlining at the 10,000 capacity Waikiki Shell. That's when
the band started giving their passports a considerable workout, from festival appearances all over Europe to increasingly successful mainland U.S. excursions. They now draw huge
crowds all over the Pacific, from Australia to Guam and Saipan.
On record, Katchafire reached a new level of musical depth and maturity on 2007's "Say What You're Thinking". With jazz, pop, rock and even hip-hop influences enhancing a solid roots foundation, they scored their greatest American chart success to date with a #6 showing on the Billboard Reggae chart. Katchafire is well known for trading instruments among themselves during their marathon live shows. That versatility is demonstrated as never before on this album, with no less than five bands contributing songs and sharing lead vocal duties. Front man Logan Bell contributes four tunes including the instant classic love song "Meant to Be". Jamey Ferguson contributes his unmistakable raspy leads on four more, including the thoughtful title track and gospel-tinged "Doesn't Anybody". Percussionist Leon Davey shows off his vocal skills on "Now Girl" and "Love Letter", as does drummer Jordan Bell on "J. Dubb" and keybooardist Haani Totorewa with "This World".
The last several years have found the boys supporting this landmark release with an increasingly hectic tour schedule, featuring stops at the Big Day Out Festival at home, Raggamuffin tour of Australia, and new island conquests like Fiji. And each U.S. tour is bigger than the last, with stops at SXSW, Reggae on the River, House of Blues and many more. With a long-awaited fourth album due this fall, combined with their relentless work ethic and phenomenal live shows, It looks like only a matter of time before the whole world is Katchafire country.
The Mango Kingz is a group of bay area guys that joined together to create an islandreggae sound that spans generations. Through the years, the Mango Kingz have grown and changed and so has their distinct style of music. They have strived to bring a little bit of aloha to the mainland, doing it all for the loveof a music that they discovered on a family vacation. They have spent the past few years creating their own buzz and very loyal following.
With their first single, "You Got Me" released on June 15 blowin up the radio waves in Hawaii and their debut album set to be released early next year, you can definitely expect to hear a lot more from the Mango Kingz. You can pick up their single today on iTunes, Amazon mp3, Spotify and all of your favorite digital distrubution spots.
You can also follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram by searching @mangokingz for all the latest and greatest news! And dont forget to check out their video for "You Got Me" by subscribing to our YouTube channel MangoKingzTV .
DJ Jah Yzer
Jah Yzer also known as BMK (Blunt Masta Kash) is a DJ, producer, and emcee. He is considered a prominent figure in the reggae scene and was first noticed on air with Bay Area's number one hip hop radio station "106 KMEL". Jah Love Universal and KMEL organized a live sound clash airing round one, and then continued the competition at "The End Up's party known as Club Dread" in San Francisco. Jah Warrior Shelter took the trophy over Queen Dons and Vibes Supreme, and Jah Yzer's career was on a rise.
Jah Yzer's main influences are Clint O'neil, DJ Cash Money, DJ Magic Mike, MetroMedia (Skyjuice), Bass Odyssey, Stone Love, DJ Coop D'Ville and Waggy T. He acknowledges his teachers for; they have broadened his abilities and contributed to the growth of his reputation and following as trademark DJ that he is today.
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