Jamaica’s Root Reggae Legend, Ras Midas & the Bridge plus Root Awakening & Soul Majestic will provide a full night of conscious local reggae Saturday, December 10 at Moe’ss Alley.
Hailing from Jamaica, Ras Midas, a reggae sensation that has graced stages across the world for thirty years, distinguishing himself by consistently delivering high-energy performances, positive lyrics and music for the entire family, Ras Midas draws his inspiration and themes from daily life and his messages hit everything from international and political issues to love and respect for all.
As a solo artist, Ras Midas’ first international hit, “Kude -A- Bamba”, was recorded in English and Swahili for Island Records and sold a half million copies worldwide. As the first artist to record reggae in French, Ras Midas’ “Rastaman in Exile” earned him and “Album of the Year” award and rave reviews from such music publications such as Paris’ “Rock & Folk”, who said that Ras Midas’ music is, “a new, unique, clear, perfect, crystal sound, interwoven to challenge fashions and times.” Rise up and let you body and soul move to the rhythms and social consciousness of Ras Midas!
Just returning from their two-week, west coast tour with Anthony B, Soul Majestic will share the Moe’s stage with Ras Midas. Soul Majestic is said to be one of North America’s most powerful and promising reggae acts in years. Recently mentioned in The Beat Magazine, writer and radio DJ, Chuck Foster hailed them as “poised to inherit the top US Reggae band mantle previously held by Blue Riddim and Inka Inka”. The diversity in their range of fans demonstrates their ability to move the most hard-core reggae enthusiasts as well as a wider, more universal audience, and keep them dancing from start to finish. Influenced by old school Studio One style, conscious roots, dub, and cultural dance hall, the band takes what they have learned from their reggae heroes and funnels it into a unique sound all their own.
Soul Majestic achieves this authenticity with their talented combination of players featuring bass and drums, keyboard/organ, lead and rhythm guitar, percussion and Nyahbingi drums. With charismatic vocalist Eric-I as the band’s main front person and primary songwriter, the band keeps things fresh by featuring Soul Majestic’s other vocal talents as well. They incorporate a strong female presence with Oriana and Diyay on leads and collaborations for a handful of tunes, and a dancehall edge with Bay Area freestyle artist Luv Fyah stepping up to chant between Eric’s vocal stylings. Lush harmonies from the band’s two soul sisters, tight rhythm section, and energetic drum and bass vibes lend the perfect backdrop to this dynamic vocal blend. With emphasis on the music’s power to convey a message, Soul Majestic’s lyrics present a clear understanding of the human condition and address pertinent political issues.
Saturday, December 10
Jamaica’s Roots Reggae Legend
& Root Awakening
Plus special guest Soul Majestic
& DJ Adam 12 & MC Rocky Bailey
Moe’s Alley – 1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA
$13 advance / $15 door
Tickets Available at: Moe’s Alley – 1535 Commercial Way Santa Cruz, CA – call 831-479-1854 or go to www.moesalley.com
For press inquires, contact Amy Shapas of So You Can at 831-479-0711 or firstname.lastname@example.org