(schedule of performers is subject to change)
Composed of some of the most gifted musicians to ever walk the mean streets of the Jamaican capital, the Kingston All Stars project is a celebration of the heyday of vintage reggae, taking the form of a contemporary music project that pays homage to the glory days of the music’s past. Spearheaded by Canadian producer, engineer & musician Moss Raxlen, the Kingston All Stars revolves around a robust core of legendary session players who have been respectively responsible for the lion’s share of the greatest Jamaican music ever committed to tape.
Guitarist Hux Brown was a rhythm player in the All Stars and Toots’ band, too, and also cut key work for Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry in the early 1970s; lead axe man Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung was in the Now Generation with his brother Geoffrey and went on to make a dramatic impact in both the Revolutionaries and the Compass Point All Stars, notably backing Grace Jones and Joe Cocker in the latter. Anthony "Bassie" Hibbert, who currently lives in Jamaica, is a foundation bass player integral to the international reggae music scene. Bassie was the bass player for Earth Roots & Water, as well as a producer and general man-on-the-scene in reggae movements around the world working with such luminary artists as Leroy Heptones, Buju Banton and Bruce Cockburn.
Joining the all stars is Sister Nancy, know as the first female dancehall DJ and was described as being a "dominating female voice for over two decades" on the dancehall scene. One of her most famous songs is "Bam Bam", labeled as a "well-known reggae anthem" by BBC and a "classic" by The Observer. Her influence is seen in the successive generation of female acts, including Lady Saw, Sister Carol, Mack Diamond, Lady G, Shelly Thunder, Carla Marshall, Lorna G, Lady English, and Lady P
The 6-Time Winner of The Chicago Music Awards, Funkadesi is capturing the attention of the U.S. and the rest of the globe.
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