In support of his July 2009 release, Common Prosperity, Jamaican reggae artist Prezident Brown and The Solid Foundation Band are slated to commence a western U. S. tour in July 2009 that includes a performance at The Reggae Rising festival in Piercy, California. Prezident Brown is a substantial artist with a beneficial message pertaining to righteous living. His catalogue is large and consistently increasing. His current band is top of the line. Prezident Brown has been embraced and supported worldwide.
Prezident Brown’s band, The Solid Foundation band, consists of an all-star, world-class crew. Devon Bradshaw, former member of Burning Spear’s band, is the musical director and bass player. Nelson Miller, also formerly of Burning Spear’s band, is on drums. Vince Black, formerly with Black Uhuru, Andrew Tosh, The Wailing Souls and Dub Syndicate, is on guitar. Ryan Daisley, who owns The Shaolin Recording Studios in Oakland, CA, is on keyboards. Ryan has also played with Junior Reid, Don Carlos and Cornell Campbell amongst others.
Prezident Brown’s home base is in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It has been said that he is “one of the most interesting cultural Dee-jays since U Roy”. Emphasizing positive messages, Prezident Brown has pioneered his own direction, developing what he calls, “The chanting stylee”.
In the summer of 2002, Prezident Brown fulfilled a 46-show North American tour that helped establish his notoriety as a powerful, insightful performer worthy to lead and inspire the masses. This tour included performances at The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Reggae On The River. Prezident Brown has since done repeated performances at both of these festivals and many others. He has been very well received in the United States, where he has continued to tour hard and build his fan base.
Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement that entertains, informs and inspires. As a musical talent, he is a reflection of the times. He has been a part of the dynamic international music industry since 1996, when he signed to Island Records, followed by various other record labels such as Kariang, Chet Records and Sony Germany; producing memorable works like To Jah Only and Generation Next. His last release, Health and Strength, (Showcase Volume 4) has been selling strong.
Prezident Brown has now recently finished recording a new CD, entitled Common Prosperity, produced by his bass player Devon Bradshaw and Ian Coleman. Ian Coleman known as “Beezy” has been the guitarist for Ziggy Marley for the past twelve years. Prezident Brown is well pleased with this album, and feels it is some of his best work to date. The album features Prezident Brown’s Solid Foundation band, with a few additions such as Courtney “Bam” Diedrick of Damien Marley’s band on drums. Vin Gordon, on trombone, who plays with The Skatalites, and on sax is Glen Dacosta, formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Common Prosperity also includes a duet with Gary Pine, formerly of The Wailers. The executive producer of the project is Martel Moore. The release is scheduled for this summer 2009, on the Tomorrow’s Children label.
Prezident Brown and the Solid Foundation band are serious reggae revolutionaries.
BIOGRAPHY: PREZIDENT BROWN
Prezident Brown, born Fitz Albert Cotterell, has been called, “one of the most interesting cultural dee-jays since U Roy”. Emphasizing positive messages, Prezident Brown has continued to pioneer his own direction, developing his own approach to dee-jaying that he calls, “The chanting stylee”.
Born to a Seventh Day Adventist family in Colonel Ridge, Clarendon, Prezident Brown grew up in the small town of Oracabessa in the Parish of St. Mary, Jamaica. He was forced to leave school at a young age when his father died leaving him with his mother and three sisters.
Prezident Brown launched his musical career at the age of fourteen, when he began dee-jaying for the Sound King Stereo Mix at the Bamboo Lounge. Initially known as Junior Ranking, Prezident Brown was dubbed, “Slim Brown”, by dee-jay Nicodemus. When he recorded his debut single in 1988 Prezident Brown was named, “Dancehall Doctor”. The late Jack Ruby, producer of Burning Spear’s albums, “Marcus Garvey”, and, “Man In The Hills”, bestowed the title, “Prezident”, upon him. In 1989, he joined Courtney Cole’s label, Roof International, and began performing and dee-jaying at the Rooftop Club in Ocho Rios. In 1990, Prezident Brown became involved with producers Barry O’Hare and Steven Stewart at Grove Music in Ocho Rios. It was Barry O’Hare’s X-Rated Record label that became Prezident Brown’s home base and it was X-Rated Records with Runn Records that launched his career in Europe. In Jamaica the X-Rated label took off as a massive roots revival swept across the country paving the way for Prezident Brown’s conscious style of reggae dee-jaying. In 1999 the Jamaican record label Kariang released the timeless, “To Jah Only” album.
In 2002, Jahmani Productions released a 2 CD disc called, “Showcase Volume 1”. The 46 show tour that followed that release took Prezident Brown across the United States and included performances at The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and Reggae On The River. Jahmani Productions then released “Showcase Volume 2”, and “Showcase Volume 3” which includes a live performance from the 2002 Mt. Shasta Renegade Music Festival. In 2004 the German based label Chet Records with Sony Records released the album, “Generation Next”. Prezident Brown’s most current release is entitled, “Showcase Volume 4 Health and Strength”.
Prezident Brown now lives in Ocho Rios, in the Parish St. Ann, Jamaica. He continues to record and tour. He has developed a strong following in the United States and Europe, and continues to grow musically and in notoriety, as a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement. Prezident Brown entertains, informs and inspires.
His new CD, Common Prosperity, is slated for release just prier to a western U.S. tour, in the summer of 2009. Prezident Brown is well pleased with this album and feels it is some of his best work to date.
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