2014 Lineup



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 THURSDAY JUNE 19, 2014
 Kalamazoo Island Fest
 

5:00pm - 6:30pm  DJ

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Jabala Afrika

6:30pm - 8:00pm  Jabali Afrika

Jabali Afrika is a band with a seasoned sound and a clear, consistent message. Whether it’s Chakacha, Benga or Afro Beat, they pride themselves on creating music that can shake the hip as well as the soul.  Down through the years, from their classic song “Aoko”  to “People’s Voice,” their music remains uncompromised.  No longer the unaware youth that arrived in the 90’s,  Jabali’s music also adds a layer of consciousness. They aim to nurture the spirit and contribute to humanity even when doing so raises political eyebrows and isn’t part of the Top 40.

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Taj Weekes and Adowa

8:30pm - 10:00pm  Taj Weekes and Adowa

Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Poet, Freedom Fighter, Humanitarian. This is Taj Weekes through the eyes of those who have been fortunate enough to experience his music and receive his message of love, peace, truth, triumph and hope. Many write of his deft skills as a songwriter, the uniqueness of his hauntingly beautiful falsetto, and the vibrant diversity of his musical arrangements. However when speaking with the man behind the music, one will find a simple man, dedicated to presenting pure, honest music with a simple message that transcends race, class, gender, age, and nationality. The seeds of his values and sense of his place in the world were all sown on a quiet Caribbean island many years ago.

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 One Love Reggae Band

10:30pm - 12:00am  One Love Reggae Band

One Love Reggae Band is one of the hottest Roots Reggae band in the Midwest. A "Serious Force" to be reckoned with. True to the name & committed to the music. Performing various styles of Reggae from Roots, Dub & Lovers Rock with a unique signature sound of their own. One love has members hailing from the U.S. & Africa who have been performing & recording in the music industry for more than three decades. One Love has had the opportunity to share the stage with well known Reggae Recording Artist. Their debut album is soon to be released on Productive Dread Records.

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Between Sets  Tropical Storm Sound System

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 FRIDAY JUNE 20, 2014
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Akasha

11:45am - 1:15pm  Akasha
4:30pm - 6:00pm

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Rebel Roots

6:30pm - 7:30pm  Rebel Roots

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Prophecy

8:00pm - 9:30pm  Prophecy

Prophecy is a devoted Rastafarian who lives and worships according to the principles and teachings of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I. His utterances promote righteousness and a positive outlook towards mankind. His musical style is impacted by roots reggae, rocksteady and dub music which are embedded at the roots of Jamaica’s music culture. Truly, it is no surprise that Prophecy’s musical influences and inspirations came from music legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear who were the trail blazers for his generation.
The singer is also an activist for change with a passion for the young and the less fortunate. He started a book initiative for school children in St. Thomas and he can often be seen feeding the homeless.

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The Meditations

10:00pm - 11:30pm  The Meditations

The Meditations are among the most beloved and respected harmony trios to emerge from the roots era of reggae during the 1970s. In 1999, they returned better than ever with Ghetto Knowledge, their first album together since 1992 and their first with Easy Star.

In 1977, The Meditations came to the attention of reggae's most famous artist, Bob Marley. He heard in The Meditations echoes of his own group, The Wailers, when they were first starting out. He tapped The Meditations to sing backing vocals on a number of songs, including "Blackman Redemption," "Punky Reggae Party," and "Rastaman Live Up." He also invited them to open the historic One Love Peace Concert in April 1978, where they shared the bill with Marley, Peter Tosh and others. 

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Ifficial Reggae Movement

12:00am - 1:30am  Ifficial Reggae Movement

The Ifficial Reggae Movement is a stand out musical group. With their explosive style and mesmerizing “riddims” it’s no wonder the band members always sport a smile on stage as they jump around. Ifficial has been a constant on the Chicago Reggae scene, bringing in new fans with every performance. For the last ten years, Ifficial has been rocking shows all over the Midwest while creating new and original music. Each of the band’s members brings years of experience together to create this extremely energetic sound. Ifficial Reggae Movement plays a diverse style of reggae that encompasses roots, lover's rock and dancehall. Look for their highly anticipated CD to be released Summer 2014.

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  SATURDAY JUNE 21, 2014
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12:00pm - 1:30pm  Gypsi Fari Duo

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2:00pm - 3:30pm  Dunuya Drum and Dance

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Hurricane Reggae Band

4:00pm - 5:30pm  Hurricane Reggae Band

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Chicago Afrobeat Project

6:00pm - 7:30pm  Chicago Afrobeat Project

As practitioners of a “non-traditional” interpretation of afrobeat for more than a decade, Chicago Afrobeat Project frequently reinvents itself within a genre first pioneered by Fela Kuti. The group’s latest release Nyash Up!” shows the group redefining their signature version of afrobeat by incorporating elements of hip-hop, orchestra-like musical arrangement, and stylistic explorations of rock, jazz and funk.

Chicago Afrobeat Project embarked as one of the first nationally touring American bands to take the sound to the masses. The band has mastered a sound that weaves the uniqueness of the Chicago music scene with a distinct western-influenced Nigerian style of music. The group performed with Seun Kuti (son of the late Fela Kuti) and featured Sahr (the original actor portraying Fela in the Broadway musical) as a part of the official Fela! musical kick off party in Chicago. In the past with artists the group has performed with notables such as Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead, Jeff Parker of Tortoise, Paul Wertico, Steve Kimmock, Sugar Blue, Howard Levy, and many others.

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Dub Dis

8:00pm - 9:30pm  Dub Dis

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Luciano

10:00pm - 11:30pm  Luciano

Luciano is a very hard working reggae artist who has really developed a strong tour history in North America. His last tour with Kings Music International covered the whole of North America and lasted two months. He is definitely one of the strongest reggae artists worldwide. This month he is releasing his 40th studio album called Qabalah Man which is another spiritual contribution.

After getting numerous hit songs in Jamaica, Luciano rose up as one of the dominating reggae voices out of Jamaica. Luciano has toured the globe extensively reaching North & South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. "The Messenjah" as he is called, has toured North America successfully for years performing on festivals and in the clubs.

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Zion Lion

12:00am - 1:30am  Zion Lion

Zion Lion is the "baddest band to hit the Kalamazoo music scene.  The members are a combination of several bands from the Kalamazoo area that crossed each others path along the way and decided to form what we believe to be the right mix of reggae. African zouk, mucosa, zoukous and some Afro-latin influences.  Some of the members have had the honor of opening and sharing the stage with local, national and international reggae artists such as Freddie McGreggor, Pato Batun, Winston Jarrett, Culture, Beenie Man, Lucky Dube, Mikey Dread and the Meditations.

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