steve 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 funky restaurant in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

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.

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.

irie dole
Irie Dole is a well established DJ, promoter, event host, radio personality and all around Reggae advocate. Whether alone or with Jah Warrior Shelter HI-Fi soundsystem, his unique delivery and selection puts him a cut above the average DJ. After nearly 20 years of service to the California reggae scene, Irie Dole now resides on Maui where he is the programming and operations director as well as a favorite on-air radio voice on the only commercial radio station in USA to play strictly reggae music, Q103. Promoting local music still remains one of his passions, now set on the roots music coming from Hawaii. As a 9 time sound clash champion, talking and relating to large audiences has come natural to him. His recent string of event MCing includes Reggae On The River, The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Monterey Bay Reggae Festival and shows from J-Boog, Capleton, Tarrus Riley and Barrington Levy. You can hear Irie Dole weekdays 10am-2pm, Saturday nights 8-10 for Rebel Music, and every other Friday night 9-10 on Q103 Follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @iriedole.

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