SUGAR MINOTT AND FIRE PASHON – PERFORMING ON REGGAE ON THE RIVER – AVAILABLE ON TOUR JULY 2010
The summer of 2007, the Godfather of Dancehall, reggae legendSugar Minott along with his daughter Fire Pashon, did a Kings Music International western US tour, which included Music in the Park in San Jose, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and the Monterey Bay Reggae Festival.
In 2005 Sugar did the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in California, and then toured from San Diego through LA, the four major Hawaiian Islands, and up the west coast to Canada and then down through Montana to Colorado. His shows brought out a lot of roots people and music lovers who were awed by Sugar’s talent.
From the mid 70’s to the mid 80’, Sugar dominated the dancehall in Jamaica for a decade. His crew has offered more lyrical variety and talent than virtually any other sound around. Now, Sugar again brings a style he created in the early days of Jamaica’s dancehalls in the 70’s and 80’s, when he defined the sound system performance and elevated singing and deejaying to new heights with his Black Roots record label and Youthman Promotion sound crew. Sugar Minott is an extremely talented, hard core reggae performer.
Sugar helped mentor and give experience to many aspiring artists that were later to become trendsetters in their own right, such as Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty, Junior Reid, Frankie Paul, Michael Palmer, Half Pint and Little John.
Sugar is the people’s choice in Jamaica and Europe, where they consistently flock his shows. In Europe he plays all the major reggae festivals every year. Sugar entertains a solid base of loyal fans, whether it is in the clubs of London, the dancehalls of Kingston or the nightclubs of New York City.
Fire Pashon, Sugar’s oldest daughter, is a good natured, high-energy performer who sings songs of love and redemption. She brings life and good energy to her father’s tours, opening the shows and singing harmony for her father. With wholesome lyrics, she encourages people to live good and spread love and happiness. She is a confident performer having grown up in the music business around her father and having performed on many stage shows worldwide. She is definitely a crowd pleaser. This was demonstrated in California in 2007 at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and the Monterey Bay Reggae Festival, where the fans loved her performances.
In 2008, Pashon did her own western U.S. tour that sold out every show. She is no stranger in the western U.S. Also in 2008 she was a featured performer on the Rebel Salute stage show, one of Jamaica’s most popular events. They love her in Jamaica too. Her performance is featured on the Rebel Salute 2008 DVD, a popular DVD worldwide.
One of her latest hit songs is a tune she did for the Jah Snow Cone label, called Hush Baby Mother. This song is a roots tune that gives hope and support to females, particularly the baby mothers, and creates empathy for their struggle. Hush Baby Mother has been real well received at the live shows, and has also received radio play worldwide. Another of her strong singles is called Love Yourself First. Thissong is more of a dancehall tune. She incorporates both the roots and the dancehall styles with ease.
In May / June 2009, Fire Pashon is did some shows on the east coast promoting her latest CD – Flames on the Black Roots label. This album features collaborations with Capleton, Fyahkin and her father Sugar Minott.
Talented, beautiful and good-natured, Fire Pashon comes with a conscious message of love and upliftment to the people of the world. Fire Pashon and Sugar Minott put on a great show.
BIOGRAPHY: LINCOLN“SUGAR” MINOTT
Sugar Minott is truly one of the best-loved performers from Jamaica.He has helped many young artists come up in the music business and produced numerous memorable recordings.Sugar Minott is one of reggae dancehall’s foundation artists.
From the onset of his career in 1969 in the African Brothers (with Tony Tuff and Derrick Howard), Sugar Minott has released hit tunes like “No Cup No Broke” in 1974 and his first major hit, “Vanity” in ‘78.Sugar’s 1979 debut album – Live Loving, has often been called the first Dancehall album.
Hit after hit followed with songs like “Run Come”, “Not For Sale”, “African Girl”, “Lover’s Rock”, “Africa”, “In A Dis Ya Time”, and “Make It With You”.A cover of Michael Jackson’s “Good Thing Going” was his first number one hit in England.He returned to Dancehall and Roots Reggae with the album Herbsman Hustling.Sugar’s Rub A Dub Sound Style album is considered by many to be the first Ragga recording.
Sugar Minott is without peer in the Reggae music industry.He was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. After finishing school he began selling records and formed his own sound system, Black Roots, from which the internationally acclaimed Youth Promotion evolved.
Among the artists Sugar is known for producing and mentoring are Yami Bolo, Tristan Palmer, Little John, Captain Sinbad, Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty, Junior Reid, Colourman, Daddy Freddy and Garnett Silk – who recorded his first song for the Black Roots label.
With over sixty albums and hundreds of singles to his credit, Sugar has over thirty years of hit-making experience and has performed all over the world.He has worked for all of Jamaica’s top producers such as George Phang, Sly & Robbie, Philip “Fatis” Burrell, Channel One, Prince Jammy and Donovan Germain, to name a few.His biggest tunes include “Herbsman Hustling”, “No Vacancy”, “Jamming In The Street”, “Rub A Dub Sound”, “Buy Off The Bar”, “Rydim”, “Devil’s Pickney” and “Hard Time Pressure”.Sugar Minott is the truly original Reggae Dancehall superstar who continues to shine and inspire the people of the world.
BIOGRAPHY: FIRE PASHON
Jamaica’s rich musical history has often been characterized by large musically oriented families. There is currently a female progeny of a prominent performer making her mark on the international music scene – Fire Pashon – the daughter of reggae legend Lincoln “Sugar” Minott. Saucy, spirited and bubbling with energy, Pashon’s lively performances come naturally as a part of her personality. She has a strong CD out on The Black Roots label called Flames, which has gotten a lot of radio play in Jamaica, and the follow-up album Mek It Inna Life is due to be released in the summer of 2010 on the Irie Sounds International label.
Born Tamar Minott in Kingston, Jamaica, Pashon’s exposure to the music world began at a tender age in the stimulating atmosphere of her father’s fame and high profile. Her father, Sugar Minott, owned and operated a recording studio, and also owned a prominent sound system called Youthman Promotion. Growing up in this environment gave Pashon the opportunity to get to know and witness the spawning ground of artists such as Junior Reid, Yami Bolo, Tenor Saw, Tony Rebel and Garnett Silk. Early exposure to the music business and the entertainment world helped to nurture and build her knowledge and skills as an artist. Pashon was born in the business.
At age eight, she recorded her first single, Reggae the Beat with her brothers and younger sister. Continuing to record, she voiced a song on the Chrome riddim entitled Real Fire Woman. The video release for this song received rave reviews and a lot of play. A linkup with Dancehall’s award winning producer Jah Snow Cone brought her significant success in 2005, when she recorded the song Dem Grudgeful, on his Applause Riddim. This song catered to more of a mainstream market, and was another great hit. As her radio spins increased, so did her recognition. This led to another video being produced shortly thereafter. In 2009, she recorded Mek It Inna Life for producer James "Dr Suess" Lord, which was featured prominently on Itunes in Europe for a month, and reached #6 on the Guam reggae charts. Another recent single is Fire Keep Blazing Hot, an anthem about Pashon’s persistance in the reggae business.
No stranger to the stage, Pashon has performed on many shows worldwide, including Sting, Reggae Sumfest, Sashi, CME, Reloaded, East Fest and Spectrum in Jamaica, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and The Sonoma Valley Green Music Festival, also in California, Irie Jamboree in New York, and Reggae X-Plosion in Japan. She recently toured England in November 2009. She has done numerous charity shows for worthy causes in Jamaica and abroad. Talented, beautiful and determined, Pashon comes with a conscious message to inspire the people of the world. This high-spirited Aries attributes her success to the positive influences of great artists such as her father Sugar Minott, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Wayne Wonder, Sister Carol and Lauren Hill. She consistently expresses uplifting themes of heartfelt love and unity in her music. Without a doubt, Pashon is one of the best female reggae artists in the business.