FESTIVAL EMCEES

SNWMF is pleased to announce Steve "MC Rico" Heilig, Spliff Skankin', Junor Francis & Sweet-T as this year's festival MCs.






Steve "MC Rico" Heilig
Steve Heilig is a longtime reggae and world music journalist, promoter, radio deejay, and enthusiast. While still in school, he began his music writing career with an interview with Bob Marley. For two decades, he was a critic and columnist for The BEAT, a leading world music publication, for which he interviewed such figures as Carlos Santana, Milton Nascimiento, Alton Ellis, Lee Scratch Perry, Gilberto Gil, Ijahman, Femi Kuti, Bob Andy, Burning Spear, Thomas Mapfumo, Mickey Hart, Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussain, Baaba Maal, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer, and many more. He was also a volunteer and then staff member at Reggae On The River for many years, helping manage things backstage and onstage. He has attended and covered the SNWMF since the beginning. He's played drums for a number of relatively unknown musical outfits, although once very nervously sat in with the late Latin percussion legends Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente in a funky restaurant in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.






Spliff Skankin'
Reggae music is life to this talented spinmaster and MC. Since the late 80’s, Spliff has been sharing his “go with the flow” reggae music mix with KPFA listeners as well as being renown on the club scene both as an MC and also as a resident DJ for Massive Sound International..






Junor Francis
Since 1987, Jamaican-born Junor Francis has been hosting and producing "The Reggae Connection" on the Claremont College-based, non-profit KSPC 88.7 FM.  He can also be heard on the Loyola Marymount University-based KXLU 88.9FM with "The Reggae Show." Whether as a Master of Ceremonies, a journalist or a radio personality, Junor is one of California's premier reggae historians.  He can often be found at festivals deeply entangled in intense interviews and discussions with reggae artists.  Whether reasoning with a living legend or a rising star, Junor is able to make a meaningful and significant 'reggae connection' with his deep knowledge of the music of Jamaica coupled with his unique insights into all the artists within the reggae fraternity.






Sweet-T
Tanesha aka Sweet-T is the Host/Owner of the Rocksteady Reggae Radio Show, every Thursday live from 12am-2am at Vallejo's famous Ozcat Radio 89.5FM. Her hilarious & bubbly personality combines with her love for the music and her community. For 4 1/2 years now she's been setting the airwaves and stages on fyah with her electric spark and radio show, playing tunes and getting interviews from local and international artists, plus covering concerts and festivals. This will be her second year as an MC at SNWMF.