A Rasta Tribute to Visionary & Legend Peter Tosh
Half Pint, Warrior King, The Rastarenes, DJ Spliff Skankin
Fri · October 19, 2018
Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pmCornerstone
$35 in advance / $40 at the door
This event is all ages
Out of Many One presents the
25th Annual PETER TOSH Birthday Celebration on
Friday, October 19, 2018 with Jamaican Reggae icons, Half Pint, Warrior King, and The Rastaenes, plus KPFA DJ Spliff Skankin.
It is a Rasta Tribute to the ‘Mystic Man’, a visionary and legend, Peter Tosh aka The Bush Doctor. Come in your Red, Gold and Green. Come alone or with your King or Queen.https://www.cornerstoneberkeley.com/event/1752573/
Half Pint began singing in the school choir at All Saints' Primary School. After the completion of his secondary education in 1976, he sought work as a vocalist within the Jamaican music industry. Half Pint toured the island with various sound systems including Black Scorpio, Jammys, Gemini, Lee's Unlimited and Kilimanjaro. He subsequently worked with record producers such as Errol (John) Marshall; Errol (Myrie) Lewis; King Jammy; Sly and Robbie; George Phang; Jack Scorpio; Bobby "Digital" Dixon and Mass Hugh. He also collaborated with Garnett Silk, Tony Rebel and The Tamlins. His first single, "Sally", was released in 1983 and was a hit in Jamaica, followed later that year with "Winsome".
He released Money Man Skank, recorded in the early 1980s by King Jammy, which possessed energy, ebullience and style that epitomizes the dancehall feel. In 1983, Pint's first single, "Sally," was released followed by the song "Winsome," and both tracks became reggae hits. He continued to release songs that became hits in the local and international reggae scenes, including "Mr. Landlord," "Level the Vibes," "Substitute Lover" and the chart-topper, Half Pint's all-time greatest hit "Greetings" which was released on Powerhouse in 1986 and was recorded in a single take. Besides these singles, Roberts has also released a number of albums. His largest fan bases are in Europe, Japan, Brazil, and the West Coast of the United States.
Half Pint's 1983 Jamaican number-one song "Winsome" was covered by The Rolling Stones in 1986 although it was renamed "Too Rude" for their Dirty Work album. The dub-punk group Sublime released a cover of Half Pint's "Loving" in 1996. Half Pint maintained his public profile by frequent touring and guest appearances. He has performed at music festivals and rock concerts. Half Pint's track "Giving/Sharing" was featured on the soundtrack album for the film, The Mighty Quinn (1989). His music has also been used on the films Substitute 2 (1998), and the French comedy Mookie (1998). In 1998, Half Pint was signed with the BMG Music Publishing Company.
Despite being noticeably absent from the recording studios for most of this decade, Half Pint enjoyed relative success with Legal We Legal (his first studio album within a ten-year period). This was followed by a fifteen city US tour with Anthony B. Half Pint was presented with "The Key to The City of Lauderdale Lakes" by the Mayor of the Florida suburb in 2000. Half Pint was featured on Sly & Robbie's 25th Anniversary US Tour along with Tony Rebel and Heineken Startime appearances in December 2004 in Jamaica. Half Pint has worked with the California-based band, DubCat. The New York-based Sotti Records label released a Half Pint single in 2005, "Wha Ya Wan," an updated remake of his "Winsome" with R&B singer DIA.
Half Pint was nominated and awarded the "Producer's Respect Award" at the 26th International Reggae and World Music Awards held in New York City at the Apollo Theater in May 2007.
Half Pint headlined at the Jamaica 360 festival in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in May, and a return performance at the 15th Annual Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, Jamaica in July. He also released No Stress Express that year.
Sublime's 1996 hit, "What I Got", was based on the chorus of Half Pint's track "Loving". In 2012, Half Pint toured the United States with Slightly Stoopid on their 'Unity' tour.
Half Pint is presently working on his 22nd album to be released in the Summer of 2018, then embarking on a cross-country USA album release tour.
In the ‘90s, Dyer’s sound was infused with dancehall. His stage name ‘Bounty Junior’ indicated his love for then mentor ‘Bounty Killa’, a Jamaican dancehall icon. After changing his stage name to ‘Junior King’ at age 16, it was another popular dancehall entertainer named ‘Frisco Kid’ aka ‘Ancient Monarchy’ that changed his stage name to ‘Warrior King’. “I agreed, because it has a more spiritual feel to it. Fighting against oppression, fighting against wrong; it represented the growth and evolution I had gone through,” says King. “It’s a natural thing that had grown inside of me, even without me realizing it. People started telling me they love my style of singing now. So, really and truly it was just a natural change.”
Warrior King’s debut single “Virtuous Woman”, produced by Michael ‘Lion Paw’ Johnson was released in 2001. It was an international smash hit. Its righteous lyrics prompted the Jamaica Observer to declare the singer “one of the artistes who has made a difference” in 2001. In 2002, his first album entitled Virtuous Woman was released by VP Records and spent nine weeks on the Billboard.com charts. That same year, the singer spent three weeks on his first tour across the United States to open for Luciano “The Messenger.”Then, in 2003, Warrior King went on a seven-week tour with The Abyssinians all over Europe. In 2005, his second studio album entitled Hold the Faith, also released on the VP Records label, was also a major international success. The artiste released Love is in the Air, 2009 and Tell Me How Me Sound, 2011 on the Tads Records label.
Throughout his career, Warrior King’s compositions have consistently charted in the Caribbean, the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. The singer’s hit singles “Never Go Where Pagans Go”, “A Friend Indeed”, “Can’t Get Me Down” and other compositions such as “Empress So Divine” and “Jah Is Always There” – which was a summer smash on Atlanta’s More Fire chart in 2002, have brought Warrior King much favor. Other hits such as “I Love You” released on Tixie’s Label went number one in Japan in the early 2000’s and “Baby Girl” went number one in Ghana in 2005.
In 2008, Barrack Obama publicly declared “Virtuous Woman” as one of his favorite songs and Warrior King as one of his favorite reggae artists on CNN Live and NBC. The latter notion was seconded by British Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton on BBC Television. Among his many recognitions and awards, Warrior King received The Marcus Garvey Music Award in 2010 along with Jimmy Tucker for their musical work.
On June 11th, 2017, Byron W Brown, Mayor of the City of Buffalo declared the day as ‘Mark “Warrior King” Dyer Day’. Warrior King has toured extensively across the United States.
The holistic singer has also performed at many major festivals, concerts, clubs and special events across the USA, South America, Canada, Europe, Japan, China, Australia and the Caribbean. Having performed on numerous occasions across the USA with reggae icons Luciano, the Abyssinians, Sanchez, Bushman and Junior Kelly, Warrior King also joined other legendary acts Lady Saw (Marion Hall) and Jimmy Cliff in representing Jamaica music in 2014 at the Boom Town Festival in the United Kingdom.
The singer believes that education is the key to better lives and hopes that his music will serve to convey the teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I. “As a Rastafarian, I understand we must teach religious tolerance, peace between all. I don’t just sing music; I sing music with a purpose, a mission and love. To the four corners of the earth I carry my music, the message of the King…” says Warrior King.
Warrior King’s most recent studio album The Rootz Warrior, already has a global buzz around “Ain’t Giving Up”, the first single from the new album; with each song on the album bearing a different style and feel. The Rootz Warrior brings forth messages of Purity, Truth, Strength and Love.
The new Warrior King album, The Rootz Warrior, is now available through all major online music outlets.
Their first song "Freedom fighter" was produced at Tuff Gong Studios under the auspices of Rita Marley who was one of the early mentors of the group.
Migration of two of the members of the RASTARENES led Keteis to go solo in 2004 after which she released her first single "In the Name of Life". This song got frequent airplay on local and international radio stations and saw Keteis touring the United States doing shows and interviews in New Rochelle, Manhattan and Washington DC.
Since then, this multi-talented scorpion has juggled family, school and entrepreneurship, and has always maintained her love for the music — a mission for which she knew she had been called. She has performed on shows such as Rebel Salute, Bob Marley Annual Tributes, Dennis Brown and Augustus Pablo Tributes, Satta Massagana, Garnet Silk Earthday Celebrations, Western Consciousness, Fire 2000, A St. Mary Mi Come From, International Reggae Day celebrations, Melkam Lidet among other local performances and on stages in California, New York, and Texas.
Keteis is that voice, that message that the world needs to hear. She is the Empress with healing words and vibrations. She is on a mission. She has an Afrikan Soul. She is pure energy. She is Keteis Oyonde.
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