Prezident Brown is a conscious roots reggae artist based in Jamaica, who carries a universal message of hope and righteousness. His band and set are consistently strong and he is an important musical spokesman and leader for the real roots people. His popularity is on the rise as he continues to attract more and more followers.
March / April 2011, Prez did a successful western US tour and in the summer he was a highlight on the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and a number of other festivals. Last August he toured Europe where he is also loved and appreciated. The year before, in April 2010 Prezident Brown did a special combination tour on which he co-billed with the Wailing Souls. The tour was a great success. The people loved both of the acts. Over the summer of 2010, Prezident Brown performed on the Reggae on the River festival, and numerous other shows. In the summer of 2009, in support of his Common Prosperity release, Prezident Brown performed at a number of key festivals including the Reggae Rising festival in Piercy, California, the Eugene Celebration and the Monterey Bay Reggae festival in Monterey, California, all within a western U.S. tour. Before that, Prez has been consistently touring over the years.
Prezident Brown is a substantial musical messenger who has knowledge to share in his songs. He is well loved and respected internationally. Prez is consistently a hard working artist, who keeps performing live and putting out new CD's that bring strength and encouragement to his listeners.
Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement that entertains, informs and inspires. Prez's latest release entitled Common Prosperity was produced by himself, his bass player Devon Bradshaw and his guitsy, Ian Coleman. Ian Coleman, known as "Beezy", also works with Ziggy Marley. Other of his earlier releases are called To Jah Only, Generation Next and Prezident Brown — Showcase Volume One, Two, Three and 4 Health and Strength.
"It's a rough road, as I trod along. Guide I Oh Jah with thy mighty hand. It's a rough road and I have to make my footsteps sure" chants Prezident Brown.
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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 latest CD, Common Prosperity, was released in July 2009, just prior to a western U.S. tour. Prezident Brown is well pleased with this album and feels it is some of his best work to date.
Prezident Brown is a serious reggae revolutionary who keeps persevering as a defender of the faith.
Contact: Peter Wardle