Sizzla Kalonji

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Jamaican Dave Productions Presents | Reggae Spring Jam ft. Sizzla Kalonji & Friends

OPENING ACT(s): Kezz-I , Stassi Pryce , El-Feco , Ras Professor , Danny Roots , Elliven , Big Mind Band , DJ Vybz Xpress

Fri 4/6

Doors 7:30 / Show 8:30
Electric Factory
— $39.50 ADV - $45 DOS | All Ages
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Biography

Sizzla Kalonji is one of the most prolific leaders of the conscious Reggae dancehall movement. Emerging in the latter half of the 90s, he helped lead dancehall back to the musical and spiritual influence of roots reggae and heavily Rastafarian subject matter. He was born Miguel Collins on April 17, 1976 in St Mary and was raised in the community of August Town. The 1980's witnessed a dancehall explosion, and with the music came the lifestyle. Sizzla watched carefully, collecting his lyrical ammunition. He began his career in the music industry in his early teenage years. After honing his vocal skills, he landed a gig with the Caveman Hi-Fi sound system, where he first made a name for himself as a performer. He cut his first single for the small Zagalou label in 1995, and soon moved on to Fattis “Exterminator” Burrell. Extensive touring with fellow roots and culture artist Luciano followed, earning Sizzla critical acclaim. Working with Fattis marked an important turning point for Sizzla. From the outset their relationship was one of mutual respect and Inspiration. A run of successful singles led to the release of Sizzla's debut album, 'Burning Up' (RAS). The alliance again proved fruitful a year later with the follow-up, 'Praise Ye Jah' (JetStar). Securing his position as a top conscious reggae artist, he set about cultivating his role as a spiritual messenger. Sizzla's combination of Rasta principles and up-to-the-minute dancehall rhythms made his hard line approach more palatable. A brilliant and passionate performer, Sizzla broke boundaries, appealing to those looking for something new, music with depth. His major breakthrough came with the release in 1997 of the now classic album, 'Black Woman and Child' (Greensleeves). Bearing all the hallmarks of Bobby 'Digital' Dixon's dancehall-influenced production, the impact on both the reggae and mainstream markets was phenomenal. The evocative title track, issued as a single, rapidly achieved anthemic status. Along with universal praise came Sizzla's first nomination for Best International Reggae Artist of the Year at the 1998 MOBO Awards and a place in various magazines' top 100 albums of the year.

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  • Kezz-I

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    People who love reggae music will find that Kezz-I “The Rebel” is a necessary component to their music library. Earl Carlisle Daley, whose stage name is Kezz-I, emerged from Crofts Hill, Clarendon, in the countryside of Jamaica. Kezz-I was destined to be in music, and realized a passion for performing in front of an audience. At the young age of 10 he started to sing in the church choir and later performed at annual school fairs. His mother, a gifted singer in her own right, taught him everything she could. In order to make ends meet, Kezz-I was working a variety of odd jobs.Through his struggle, he looked within. After a great deal of introspection and soul searching, he realized that his calling was to educate people through his music. He started to focus his energy on using his music to teach, enlighten and empower Jah people through his soulful and melodic sound.Kezz-I’s goal is to awaken the masses to the grave injustices that are taking place in the world. His revolutionary concepts could be construed as rebellious, delving deep into the core of the current issues that impact the lives of people in Jamaica and all over the world. In his earlier days, his passion was not tempered, and he used the stage name Blade. While using this stage name, he performed at “March Out”, Croft’s Hill’s annual stage show in 2010 and 2011.

  • Stassi Pryce

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    Stassi Pryce is an Actress, Singer, Songwriter, and Dancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Stassi is ready to set the music and film industry on fire. This jewel graduated from Temple University with a bachelors in Theater for the Acting Concentration. Previously, she was a lead member in the Philly known singing group, Phi.Gi. where more of her talents were displayed as she sang the national anthem for the Walk to End Domestic Violence and at the AIDS Awareness Walk in Philadelphia. Ms. Pryce also took part in several leading roles in a few independent short films, was a headline performer for Philly Unite (People United for a safer, healthier Philadelphia), and for Council Woman Cindy Bass's "Music In The Park".

  • El-Feco

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    Get ready for the urban renaissance. In this world of fading borders and international boundaries, EL Feco steps to the forefront of the new musical frontier bringing a collection of beats, lyrics, hooks and harmonies blended together to create a sound similar to none. An Urban Singer, Songwriter, DJ and Poet, EL Feco creates a blend of old-school vibes and new-school attitude that moves into a funky new territory, knocking down artistic boundaries in every direction. Immersing himself in both the Reggae and Hip-Hop cultures, EL Feco has discovered a way to extract distinct essences from each movement, and bring Urban Music up to date by blending the two into something fresh and new. EL Feco shows us that Urban Music is not just a musical genre, but a philosophy, with a message handed out to a danceable beat. An art form meant to touch your mind and move your body.

  • Ras Professor

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    David Wheatley, AKA Ras Professor, born March 19, 1970, in the Parish of St. Elizabeth; raised in Spanish Town, St. Catherine. He was reared by two dedicated and loving parents, who worked extremely hard on a daily basis to provide for him and his five siblings. His first single was completed in Jamaica for Scandal Productions, in 1991, entitled "Music Business." Through Jah's blessings, he has been afforded the opportunities to perform as the opening act for Capelton, Luciano, Richie Spice, Morgan Heritage and many more. Currently working on a debut album, his aim is to use his music to promote messages regarding fundamental rights, enlightenment and equal opportunity on a global level.

  • Danny Roots

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  • Elliven

     

    ‘I aim to take reggae/dancehall music above and beyond. I want to help establish and maintain the presence of both genres of music worldwide and bring it to the forefront of the music industry. In the process I hope to find and develop new talent and retain and preserve the culture of the music’, Palmer noted. With a true commitment, talent, ability and achievement He is now focused on His own recording career creating a team of loyal players. Now performing as “Elliven” he has taken His career to a new dimension. Besides recording, producing and promoting His debut single “My Formula” which was pre- release late fall 2009, He is busy performing at venues in Philadelphia, Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and a line up of potential European dates to be announce. Elliven will be and already is reconized as one of the many successful industry producer/song writer turn artiste, developing a unique style of His own.

  • Big Mind Band

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    Comprised of five musicians, Big Mind is an original Reggae/Rock band from the greater Philadelphia area. All five musicians have taken an equal roll in the inventive style of creative song composition- both lyrically and musically. As well as Reggae and Rock, Big Mind is versed in many styles blending together Blues, Latin, Funk, Calypso, and Roots Reggae. You will enjoy new original music and hear your favorite covers done "Big Mind Style". Having been familiar with one another through previous musical endeavors, Art Rivell, Bryan Till and Jeremy Howe formed Big Mind in February of 2016.Craving a fuller sound, Big Mind enlisted the help of Keyboard player, Nick Morelli, in August of 2016. Almost immediately, Big Mind started writing original music to build their catalog. Although it took some time to develop their original sound, from the beginning, the band was unanimously certain that they weren't going to be a cover band.

  • DJ Vybz Xpress

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