The amazing PATO BANTON is the special guest on this week's REALITY TIME radio show. Hosted by the furious Selecta Kurious and mighty MC Taiyefoon this Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. Reality Time brings you the latest reggae news, culture and exclusive interviews each Sunday on Bigupradio's 24/7 dancehall station.
Tune in for this special interview with reggae sensation PATO BANTON.
Showtimes are 3am, 9am, 3pm & 9pm EST.
About PATO BANTON:
Patrick Murray was born in London in 1961, and moved to Birmingham when he was 8 years old. Pato’s stepfather (Lester Daley) was a DJ fresh from Jamaica and the house in which they lived became the weekend night spot for the local community. Pato was the lookout for these illegal parties, working on the door from the age of 9. In his early teens Pato started to gain his musical foundation on his stepfathers’ sound system called V-Rocket, from helping set up the equipment at first to later selecting the music and trying his skills on the microphone. Patrick would stay up all night entertaining the masses and was given the name Patoo by his stepfather. (The name derives from a wise night owl in Jamaica, that stays up all night, calling “patoo, patoo.”)
By the age of 16, Ranking Pato became well known around Birmingham and would get regular work from various leading sound systems across the city. Within a short space of time, Pato became the number 1 MC in Birmingham, winning the title seven years in a row. At the age of 19 while working for Sufferer Sound System, Pato was invited to join a local roots reggae band called Crucial Music. Within a year Pato became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager, taking the band on tours of the UK and Europe. Pato’s first recording was a double A sided single with Crucial Music entitled “All Night Raving & Sensimilla.” After five years, Pato’s notoriety as a British MC outgrew the popularity of the band, and he was forced to move on…….
During the early part of his career, Pato participated in a talent show where he was proclaimed the winner by judges Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. This culminated in the single, “Pato & Roger A Go talk”, which appears on the Beat’s gold selling album, Special Beat Service. Shortly thereafter Pato performed the hit songs, “Hip-Hop Lyrical Robot” and “King Step” on UB40’s Baggariddim and Little Baggariddim albums, which also featured the chart topping, “I Got You Babe” with guest artiste Chrissie Hines. Read more: PatoBanton.com
About REALITY TIME:
More than 15 years of consistent participation in Northern California's reggae scene qualifies Kurious as an old dog among the Bay Area's myriad selectas and sound systems. Top artists like Luciano, Yami Bolo and Warrior King have contributed to his impressive collection of dub plates. This Oakland native has spun at every dancehall venue worth its salt and 'long side any and all reputable selectas in the area. Reggae heads come from all 'round to hear his generous mix of bashment, ganja man and God-bless riddims every time he shows up to the dance.
For the last 5 years Selecta Kurious has been the co-host and dj for his very popular Internet radio show Reality Time. Broadcasting every Sunday and internationally reaching tens of thousands of devoted listeners weekly, Selecta Kurious and Mc Taiyefoon have over 150 shows under their belt and have interviewed and hosted the who’s who of Reggae artists: Barrington Levy, Eek-A-Mouse, Sugar Minott, Pato Banton, Lucky Dube, Tony Rebel, Jr. Reid and Yami Bolo, just to name a few.
Taiyefoon is Oakland born and grown. He began his radio career at Cal State Hayward where he hosted the university's popular hip-hop/reggae show Rip City Radio while studying broadcast media. The gentle giant has absorbed the reggae scene since the Reagan era when Eek A Mouse was an Omni regular and Sun Splash annually accompanied the arrival of spring at Berkeley's Greek Theater. Currently, Taiyefoon is host and producer of "Full Circle," KPFA's weekly culture magazine. Together they bring you Reality Time Reggae.