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2003 Performers

FRI:
VALLEY STAGE:

Capleton &
Special Guest
Yami Bolo

DANCEHALL:

Stone Love

VILLAGE STAGE:

Lost At Last
Hamsa Lila

SAT:
VALLEY STAGE:

The Wailers
Barrington Levy
U-Roy
Pablo Moses
Sister Carol
Leroy Sibbles
Johnny Clarke
Mikey Dread
Fully Fullwood Band

DANCEHALL:

Stur-Gav HiFi w/
Brigadier Jerry
Mighty Crown

VILLAGE STAGE:

Shabaz
Medicine Drum
BrazilBeat Sound System

SUN:
VALLEY STAGE:

Prince Buster
Eek-A-Mouse
Pato Banton
Warrior King
Twinkle Bros w/
Della Grant

Peter Rowan
Big Mountain

VILLAGE STAGE:

Midnite
B-Side Players
Soul Majestic
Alma Melodiosa
Music Hours
Friday: 6 pm - Midnight;
Late show till 3am for 3-day ticket holders
Saturday: 11 am - Midnight;
Late show till 3am for 3-day ticket holders
Sunday: 11 am - 10 pm


      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Midnite

 

Press Pass

Midnite

Time is not counted from daylight, but from . . . Midnite

Hailing from the Island of St Croix, Midnite is one of the most promising roots reggae bands of the millennium. They are vanguards of conscious reggae music who represent the King's and Queen's music to the fullness of Jah. Midnite's profound and innovative lyrics are sincere and deeply rooted to presenting the other half of the story. Their cd recordings and live performances will have reggae and non reggae listeners open to the messages they bring.

Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae--soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron's exquisite keyboards and musical directorship form the nucleus of this musical quintet, which includes fellow St. Croix players Dion Hopkins (drums), Philip Merchant (bass) and Abijah (guitar). Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of "old school" roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Reggae - naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's "classic roots" musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements.

Unpolished is the suitably named title of their debut album which includes such classics as "Don't Move", "Mama Africa", and "Love the Life You Live". Originally released in 1997, while the band was located in Washington, D.C., this crucial album has recently been made widely available on Rastafaria Recordings.

In 1999, Midnite linked up with Wildchild! Records for their second release Ras Mek Peace. Incredibly, this album was recorded using only two channels and was mastered without any reverb, filtering, compression or equalization. Songs like "Hieroglyphics", in which graffiti is likened to ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, showcase the intelligent songwriting that pervades all of Midnite's works.

Following the release of Ras Mek Peace, Midnite returned to live in St. Croix so that they could work with the local musicians and make recordings at their African Roots Lab without any outside interference. The fruits of these labours can be found on Jubilees of Zion, which was released on their own independent Midnite Roots record label. The expansive, hypnotic rhythms continue, alongside the messages of peace, universal brotherhood, and cultural resistance to Babylon.

Midnite explode in live performances with sets that often exceed 3 hours. Their vigorous, weighty sound, driven by the punchy bass lines creates a vibe that penetrates straight to the heart. Midnite is one of the most exciting roots bands in the world today. They have garnered a huge listenership in St. Croix, St. Thomas & Puerto Rico, as well as creating a strong "underground" following in America. By breaking all the rules, Midnite is setting a new standard. Armed with a firm foundation in Jah Rastafari, their natural talents, and a strong and uncompromising musical vision, Midnite champions an old-school sound that is right on the cutting edge of modern roots music.

- Mara Weiss & Daniel Frankston   

Additional links for this artist:
www.midniteband.com

Listen To The Music of Midnite - Track List
Listen To an Interview of Midnite

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