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Keith Buddle -
"J.A. Connection" (vocalist, musician)
been performing since the age of fourteen when he started singing in the
nightclub circuit of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Moving to Canada to attend
university, Keith became involved in the Canadian music scene playing
with various rock 'n roll acts as well as performing as a solo act. Keith
has performed with groups such as "Jerry Jerome and the Cardells"
(calypso) and the funk band, "The Cougars". He formed J.A. Connection
to perform and record his original material which is mostly reggae, R
& B and calypso and has played at various clubs in Toronto such as PWDS's
and the Bamboo Club. He has also played at events such as the 1988 Calgary
- Jamaican Canadian Music Ambassador
Jay Douglas' musical career began as a member of his church choir during
his youth in Jamaica. His future as a singer was sealed when he captured
first prize in an amateur talent contest when he was fifteen years old.
Since coming to Canada, Jay as opened for many major American R&B acts
including Fats Domino, Cissy Houston and Sweet Inspiration. He has performed
on every continent expect Australia. His talents extend beyond music into
theatre and he was an original cast member of Black Theatre Canada's production
"One More Stop on the Freedom Train".
"Wish Someone Would Care"
Toronto artist reggae artist Congo Katt has been described as having a
dancehall sound that sounds at times like "Burning Spear". Lead
singer, Katt (Egerton James) and his crew are popular among fans of the
small but thriving Canadian reggae scene with a number of new and established
artists releasing material every year.
Discography includes:"Zion Move"
performer, rapper, songwriter and entertainer)
Lenny was born Devon Anthony Stewart in Prospect St. Thomas, Jamaica,
and migrated to Canada in 1978. He soon got involved as a selector on
different sound systems in the Toronto area. In 1988 Lenny moved from
a successful stint as an award-winning Toronto DJ to a recording career,
and has released six duets and ten singles. In 1990 he won Best Male Performer
of the Year at the Canadian Reggae Music Awards and in 1994 he won a Juno
nomination in the Reggae category. Lenny has performed in Canada, Jamaica
and New York with top reggae entertainers such as Third World, Freddie
McGreggor, Shabba Ranks and Buju Banton.
Discography includes: "Mr. Walker", "Rapping For My Life".
DUB (reggae group)
Kali and Dub were formed in 1986 by Hayes "Kali" Thurton. Three years
later the group was named Best Live Reggae Band at the Canadian Music
Reggae Awards. In 1995, Kali and Dub was voted Best Worldbeat/Reggae Band
at the first ever Montreal Independent Music Industry Awards. With a conscious
message and potent reggae, rock, rap and dancehall beats, Kali and Dub
make serious sounds. They have opened for such international acts as UB40,
Ziggy Marley and the Melody Maker, Black Uhuru and Steel Pulse.
Discography includes: "Uncensored Reggae", "Mucambo" "Rise Up!"
(singer, songwriter, dancer, choreographer)
Touted as "Canada's
new reggae music queen", Donna Makeda has lit the local cultural entertainment
scene on fire with her positive lyrics and infectious dancehall/hip hop
beats. Her electrifying stage show also features Trinidad and Tobago soca
group "Burning Flame" as backup singers and dancers. Makeda
was voted "Best Female Reggae Newcomer" at the 1996 Canadian Reggae Music
Awards and has opened for many international recording artists such as
Culture, Cutty Ranks and Judy Mowatt.
Donna Makeda's Discography
includes: "Jah Is Real", "South Africa" (Uprising International Music)
Marshall (dancehall artist)
Carla Marshall has been dubbed Canada's "Dancehall Goddess". Dancehall,
Jamaica's raunchy cousin to reggae is known as much for its "slackness"
(read: an unabashed explicitness, usually with a hunorous twist) as for
its flamboyant performers, outrageous fashions and hypnotic beats. Whether
its musical roots or world politics, Marshall is quick-witted and sassy.
She'll show up on stage in a merry-widow corset and gartered fishnet hose,
looking like (The Artist Formerly Known As) Prince's ultimate wet-dream
incarnate, although she would probably leave His Royal Badness's Little
Red corvette bone dry in the dust. Marshall won a 1995 Juno Award for
the Canadian Top Reggae Recording for the Buju Banton written "Class and
Credential", and a Grammy nomination in the Reggae Category. In addition
to her solo performances, Carla has opened for the likes of Canada's Dream
Discography includes: "Jealously", "Champion", "Proud" "Class and Credential"
(songwriter, reggae performer)
Nana McLean has been
described by critics as a sweet, soulful lady with a wonderfully rousing
voice as well. She's also been described as a prolific writer and a captivating
musical artist. In addition to being a reggae artist, she is a first-class
soul, R & B, and country performer. In 1979, McLean burst into national
prominence with her debut album, "Dream of Life". In 1980 her country
and blues hit, "Georgia Eyes" received much airplay in Canada. She has
been granted numerous awards, nominations and presentations from such
organizations as the Canadian Black Music Association and the Canadian
"Till I kiss You", "Take Me Higher", "Single Girl", "Everlasting Love".
Chester Miller (reggae/dancehall
Chester Miller is in the vanguard of emerging Reggae singers poised
to unleash their positive vibes on the world, as singers catch up to the
Dancehall DJs and regain ground they've lost since the death of Bob Marley.
Miller's musical skills were honed under such masters as Dennis Brown
and Leroy Sibbles and he has won a Juno nomination and reggae awards for
Top Performer and Male Vocalist
Discography includes: "Saturday Evening", "True Love", "Fight Against
The Sattalites are
Jo Jo Bennett/ Fergus Hambleton/ Neville Francis/Bruce Mack/Bruce Fowler/David
After fourteen years
and five albums, the Sattalites are still making music. The philosophy
of this Juno-award-winning band is peace, hopefulness and love. The Sattalites
encompass a respect and tolerance for each other and an open minded acceptance
of all musical ideas and influences. Although reggae is their driving
force, bits of jazz, gospel and pop float through their music as well.
Late to Turn Back Now" , "Now and Forever"
of Mark Bennett, Benero Dyer, Orlando Brady, Junior McPherson, and Steve
Jamaicans who came to Canada with a vast knowledge and experience of reggae
music. Added to the mix is Rosemarie Stewart, an English diva whose R
& B/jazz/gospel roots contribute to the unique sound of Tatix. They have
toured Japan, Europe and North America with such reggae greats as Shabba
Ranks, Sanchez, Tiger and Cocoa Tea. They have recorded with such artists
as Junior Reid, Frankie Paul and Crucial Vibes.
"The Best Thing", "Freedom Street"
Stanley Mann (dancehall)
Stanley Mann is a
local talent that is new on the dancehall scene. His music is a fusion
of Trinidadian and Guyanese rhythms heavily influenced by bhangra and
East Indian film music. His debut album is entitled "Gimi De Bougie
"Murdera", "Want An Indian", "Free De Gun"
York University 2002
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