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The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival promotes "conscious" music. Conscious music is music with a message of peace, unity and brotherhood, which transcends the divisions of race and culture.
Over the past twenty years we have endeavored to build a community where Conscious music, Roots music, and World music is embraced. Where bringing diverse people from many lands together in celebration yields more than just the sum of each individual present, but something much grander.
At SNWMF, people experience a unique sense of unity and belonging, a semi-utopian moment in time where love, generosity, joy and innocence can be reclaimed. We believe that music has the power to move mountains and change paradigms, and the phenomenal artists who have graced SNWMF stages over the past decade have imparted an overwhelmingly Positive force.
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Welcome to snwmf 2014
Nevada World Music Festival is
pleased to announce that Tarrus Riley and Morgan Heritage have been added to perform
at SNWMF 2014. This brings the number of artists confirmed for SNWMF
2014 to twenty-four, with even more artists to be announced in the weeks
With 2 stages and a "Jamaican-style" Late-Night Dancehall, SNWMF is a great way to kick off your summer. Our festival is very "family-friendly" with an extensive array of children's activities, including arts and crafts, dance & music workshops, a festival parade and family and alter-able camping. The beautiful streaming colors and exotic aromas makes the international festival village an attractive marketplace of food and craft booths.
Advance tickets to our 21st annual summer solstice gathering are now
available online and via mail order. RV with hook-ups are now
sold out and only a limited number of Bus/RV (sans hook-ups) remain. As always, children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a paid adult.
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Tarrus Riley’s foray into music was inevitable. The talented singer and songwriter was always surrounded by music from an early age. His father is veteran reggae singer Jimmy Riley.
Tarrus has learnt a lot by merely being in the environment of the music business. He caught on very quickly and made his recording debut as a teenager. “I’ve always loved music; I used to deejay but everyone used to encourage me to sing. They used to call me “Singy Singy” because I was always singing,” Riley commented. The secret to his success is quite simple – “when preparation meets opportunity”, stated a self-assured Riley. ‘I sing for the people - this is the contribution I can make and after I make a song; it isn’t even mine anymore; it belongs to the people.”
Nearly two decades and ten albums later, the mission has come full circle for Morgan Heritage. Globally known as the “Royal Family of Reggae,” and now today being dubbed as the “Rolling Stones of Reggae” (in large part due to the act’s electric stage shows), Morgan Heritage has established themselves as the premiere live group on the reggae circuit. From an extraordinarily talented teen quintet to one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces, Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Roy “Gramps” Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan (percussion/vocals) are back with
Here Come The Kings —the collective’s first musical arrangement in five years. The band’s latest studio album on VP Records will “stimulate the minds of the people and let them know what we’ve created, it’s real,” proclaims Peetah Morgan, the group’s lead vocalist. Prepare for the revolution.
Spotlight on SNWMF 2014 Artist: Sly & Robbie
Reggae emerged from the ghettos of Jamaica in the 1970s to become an internationally known and acclaimed form of music. There are perhaps no two persons more responsible for the evolution of this genre of music and its mainstream acceptance than the “Riddim Twins” - Sly & Robbie.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1952, Lowell Dunbar was given the moniker of “Sly”
based upon his admiration for funk star Sly Stone. While attending the Trenchtown Comprehensive School one day, Sly was captivated by a performance by Ken Boothe and The Gaylads. Studio One singer Lloyd Parks would later give Sly his first exposure to playing music. "Before I even started recording in a studio or playing in a band Lloyd Parks would come around my house and I would play on the table or on pans and pots and we would record and listen back to what we were doing. Where the teaching really came from was from listening back at an early age. We had the privilege of listening back to what we were doing so then we could go and correct ourselves again. At that time I had never sat around a drum set.”
In 1968, Ansel Collins invited Sly to sit in on a rehearsal at a Rasta bakery named the Rainbow Healing Temple. Impressed with his talents, Collins sets up a recording session with Sly at Federal Studios. One of those recordings, “Night Doctor,” would became a big hit in England the following year and would eventually lead to Dunbar joining Lee “Scratch” Perry’s The Upsetters.
Kingston born Robert “Robbie” Shakespeare listened to a variety of music before
becoming infatuated with Treasure Isle’s resident bassist Jackie Jackson. But it was seeing Aston Barrett play as a member of The Hippy Boys that drew Robbie into playing bass. "When I heard Familyman play the bass up live and personal I say ‘you have to teach me to play this.’ I remember the next morning I was sleeping and he come and woke me up and say ‘you want to learn, here is some new thing.’ Every day he would come and do that.”
As Familyman’s commitments with The Hippy Boys and later with The Upsetters grew, Robbie was able to pick up work both in clubs and in the studio. His first recordings, for Sonia Pottinger’s Gay Feet label, produced the Errol Dunkley song "You’ll Never Know.” Familyman’s absence from Jamaica during the recording of The Wailers “Catch A Fire” album opened the door for Shakespeare to lend his musical talents to the songs “Concrete Jungle” and “Stir It Up” prior to his joining forces with Bunny "Striker” Lee’s house band The Aggrovators.
In 1974, Robbie convinced Striker Lee to include Sly on a recording session for John Holt, thus giving birth to the “Riddim Twins.” Shakespeare recalls "After I saw Sly play I said ‘Bwoy, Bunny Lee, I saw a little drummer, we have to try him. Book a session now.’ Bunny Lee’s a man confident with what I say so he called the session and I went for Sly.”
Sly Dunbar went on tour with Jimmy Cliff the following year which eventually led to Sly & Robbie performing together on their first album, Cliff’s “Follow My Mind.” But it was the Riddim Twins’ recording of The Mighty Diamonds’ “Right Time” album that would catapult Sly and Robbie to the forefront of reggae music. The drum beat on the title track (a double hit on the rim of the snare on first beat and offbeat of the bar) gives rise to a new style of reggae known as “Rockers.”
Reggae’s dynamic duo would go on to become members of Peter Tosh’s band “Word, Sound and Power” where they would garner international recognition on songs including the Peter Tosh/Mick Jagger chart topper “Don’t Look Back.” While touring with Peter Tosh, the duo managed to save enough money to form the “Taxi Productions” company. The first recording session by the Taxi All-Stars resulted in a number one Jamaican hit “Soon Forward” by Gregory Isaacs.
As the 70s drew to a close, Sly & Robbie teamed up with the newly reformed vocal trio Black Uhuru that included Michael Rose. The partnership would bring them international fame when Black Uhuru toured with groups like The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads and The Police.
The Riddim Twins association with Black Uhuru lasted more than 5 years and brought hit albums that include “Sinsemilla,” “Red,” “Chill Out” and “Anthem,” the latter of which won the very first Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording. Sly & Robbie have been nominated for more Grammy Awards than any other reggae artists and captured the award in 2009 for the album “Sly & Robbie - Friends.”
Having played together on more than 100,000 tracks, the musical contributions of the Riddim Twins cannot be accurately chronicled but include backing such diverse artists as Bunny Wailer, Culture, Prince Far-I, The Tamlins, Horace Andy, Bitty McLean, Sugar Minott, Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Joan Armatrading, Serge Gainsbourg, Willie Nelson and Sinead O’Conner.
Sly & Robbie are not newcomers to the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, having performed with Michael Rose in 1999 and 2009, along with Cherine Anderson.
In addition to what is sure to be an exciting set of their own, Sly and Robbie will also be backing the legendary Horace Andy with whom they recorded the album “Livin’ It Up” in 2006 and the companion “Dubbin’ It Up” album.
Dunbar & Shakespeare will also lend their exquisite talents to the set of U.K crooner Bitty McLean, who will be making his Northern California debut at SNWMF 2014. In addition to doing all the productions and performances on Bitty’s 2007 Taxi Records release “Movin’ On,” these talents also combined forces on Bitty McLean’s album of last year, “The Taxi Sessions.”
For decades, the Riddim Twins have been one of reggae music’s hardest working musicians. The same will hold true at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds this June as they will cap their workload off on Saturday night by backing Mykal Rose.
SNWMF is very pleased to have the Riddim Twins return to Boonville this June.
The Artists of SNWMF 2014...
Peace. Love. Music.