The Memberz: Kings Highway Release + Lady Son & Dj Steady Vybz

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The BEAT Network says
Official ‘King’s Highway’ Video Release Party
with special guest

334 Queen St. W., Toronto
9:30 pm doors
$15 advance at Eventbrite or email for advance $15 list
$20 at the door

The Memberz are a collection of Toronto's finest musicians who have chosen Reggae as the genre in which they prefer to express themselves musically, lyrically, socially and politically. They draw upon the energy of the Jamaican-Canadian cross-cultural experience, supported by a throbbing bass, polished rhythms and powerful vocal harmony, to break the boundaries of traditional genre-fication.

Born into a musical family, bandleader and keyboard player, Garfield “Roscoe” Christie is a Toronto reggae scene veteran with decades of experience. His talent was nurtured in the musical crucible of Malton, Ontario where he and Devon "Mr. Metro" Martin along with several other high school friends, formed the multi-award winning reggae band 20th Century Rebels. His career continued to climb in Toronto where he played with The Sattalites, Livestock, Hit Squad and Culture Shock. Over the years he has also performed with Canadian dub poet pioneers Lillian Allen and Clifton Joseph, Jamaican legends like Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Alton Ellis, Sugar Minott, Marcia Griffiths, Lady Saw and realized a highlight dream to play trombone with the legendary Skatalites. His dedication has given him the vision and experience needed to lead this talented group of musicians.

One of the most arresting voices on the Canadian music scene, often drawing comparisons to music legend Celia Cruz, Lady Son (aka Yeti Ajasin), brings a powerful yet gentle contemporary voice to the rich vocal and percussion traditions of Afro-Cuban music -- with messages of everyday life, love and the issues that affect us all. Her 2009 debut album, “Semillas”, received the New Music Award for Best World Album, and is now embarking on a second album that layers a broader range of musical and cultural styles over her husky, commanding vocals, potent percussion and supremely skilled backing band; all informed by her uniquely multicultural Nigerian, Italian and Jewish background. Lady Son is one of the core artists in Toronto’s thriving “La Habana del Norte” community focused at Lula Lounge and has shared the stage with many of the giants of Afro-Cuban music such as Los Van Van, Oscar D’Leon, Alfredo de la Fe, and Ricardo Lemvo.
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By: The BEAT Network

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