In an era in which
negativity, guns and profanity dominate the reggae airwaves, a conscious breathe of fresh
air has emerged in the personage of Warrior King. Born in Kingston as Mark
Dyer, this 23 year old Rastafarian burst onto the music scene in 2001 with his first
single Virtuous Woman. This selection, and the subsequent single Never
Go Where Pagans Go were smash hits, as both songs charted throughout the
Caribbean, London, Tokyo and beyond. Virtuous Woman went to #1 in the Jamaican and
New York charts, causing the Jamaica Observer to pronounce Warrior King to be
"one of the artists who made a difference in 2001"
Warrior King explains that he uses music as a
vehicle to deliver a message. "As a Rastafarian you just dont sing music,
you sing music with a purpose and a mission. To the four corners of the Earth. I carry my
music, and the message of the King. And the message if a message of love, to all people of
Last year Warrior King followed-up on the
success of his initial releases with A Breath Of Fresh Air, which was
rapidly rising in The Stars Top 10, prior to their discontinuing of this chart of
Jamaicas top singles. These three selections are all contained in Warrior Kings
debut album Virtuous Woman released by VP Records in October of 2002.
What sets Virtuous Woman apart from other recordings is "the
celebration of woman power" and the "richness of his poetry" explains Dr.
Carolyn Cooper, head of the Reggae Studies Unit of the University of the West Indies.
The album contains 17 incredible tracks which Warrior
King proclaims are designed to "uplift peoples heart, mind and soul in a
positive way. All of the songs are written by me, through the inspiration of the Father."
Virtuous Woman includes the song Education Is The Key, which was
written by Warrior King based upon a speech given by His Imperial Majesty, Haile
Warrior King recently completed tour dates
in England and on the East Coast where he performed with Luciano as part of the One Love
Tour. Long time reggae stalwart Copeland Forbes gives high marks for Warrior Kings
work ethic and humility saying "He is truly a fresh breath in our music."
With the release of Virtuous Woman, Warrior
King has firmly established himself as a champion for the cause of Roots and Culture.
We are delighted that Warrior King has chosen to make his California debut
performance at the 10th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.
Additional links for this artist:
Listen To an Interview of Warrior
Listen To Warrior
King' album - Virtuous Woman -