King of Kings & Knakdemout present
Elephant Man (the Energy God), Mega Banton (Sound Bwoy Killa)
longside ONE BLOOD sound SMOKY & YOUNG FYAH & DJ KURIOUS (Funktion)
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Elephant Man (the Energy God)
Elephant Man, also known as the Energy God (born O'Neil Bryan; 11 September 1975; Kingston, Jamaica) is a dancehall musician. Career: Bryan's stagename stemmed from his large ears, which led to the nickname Dumbo in his youth. He started out his musical career as a member of the Scare Dem Crew, later continuing as a solo artist. He was later characterized for several trademarks, such as his dyed yellow-orange hair, his unique low-key voice, and his stage performance, which included jumping and running, or even climbing on stage props and monitors. His acoustic trademark is marked by a light lisp. Bryan had his first international recognition when he and Puma settled a contract for using his single "All Out" for its Olympics commercial campaign in 2004. He also had a song called "Willie Bounce" that appeared on several mixtapes in early 2006. It sampled the first few bars from "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor. Recently, Bryan signed with New York-based label Bad Boy Records and released Let's Get Physical on 6 November 2007. The first single is called "Five-O" and features Wyclef Jean. Another track on the album will feature Diddy and Busta Rhymes, and it was produced by Cipha Sounds and Solitair. Many of his songs are found on various Riddim Driven albums by VP Records and Greensleeves Records's Rhythm Album series. He performs on popular riddims such as "Diwali", "Coolie", "Stepz", and "Bubble Up". The Gully Creeper dance, for which Bryan created a song, was danced by Usain Bolt at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after winning the gold medal and breaking a world record in the 200 meter sprint.
Megah Banton (Sound Bwoy Killa)
Williams was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973. Inspired by the likes of Burro Banton and Buju Banton, and with a similar gruff style of delivery, he achieved international success in the early 1990s with singles such as "First Position", "Decision", "No Ninja, No Buju", and "Sound Boy Killing", working with the Black Scorpio team. He recorded a duet with Leroy Smart ("Mr. Want All"). When Garnett Silk died, Banton released the "A Tribute to Garnett Silk" single, along with Sattalite. In 1988 he had a combination hit with Barrington Levy with "She's Mine". In 1995 he made his major-label album debut with 1,000,000 Megwatts. He is still performing, well into the 2000s.