Jah Culture (English)
This is a fresh, energetic group with a very modern mix of Reggae styles.Textures range from Deep Roots, through refreshing Dancehall and Rockers to serious Ragga and D.J.Versions.
The energy and confidence the band radiates are remniscent of bands like Black Uhuru, Aswad, ….An interesting feature is their readiness and ability to adapt and cooperate with acts, artistes from the R & B , Hip-Hop and Afro scenes. “No session is too big or too small”. A reference to their readiness to perform anytime. All the musicians have very rich Live- and Studio-experience.
Emmanuel is the frontman. His very artful song-writing makes him one to watch out for. As frontman, he has been founding-member of New Culture, Reggaelites and Kente (Talking Drum Label) and features now in IRIE. “Jah Shaka’s (also Norman Grant’s) support and influence have been vital in my musical development ”, says Emmanuel. Memories are of sessions on stages with Jah Shaka, Norman Grant, Culture, Misty In Roots, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy (Panafest ,Ghana 1992-95), Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer, Third World etc., (Brighton, England, 1997) Cedella Marley, I-Qula, Damien Marley etc.(Nürnberg, Germany, 1995) with his previous group Kente. He plays rhythm (guitars) as well.
Emmanuel’s works on the local scene have made him quickly become one of the recognized Reggae musicians in the Bielefeld- Iserlohn- Dortmund region, fronting and backing artistes like Cat (24 – 7), Benji (Rhythm Heat), Singing U, Shocking Murray, etc. and working in the studio on the pieces of the innumerable musicians who pass through.
The repertoire is a refreshing mixture of JAH Culture music and the choicest Reggae classics. Featured are pieces from Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, etc.. The best is their aim and choice for every individual Party and Show.
Jah Culture lyrics emphasize the positive virtues usual to Roots Reggae and uphold values like love for humanity and peaceful resolution of conflicts.
The musicians-pool is one of the most seasoned in Europe with flavors from the
Carribean, Europe, and Africa. Live- and Studio- work is totally under control with
the selection of musicians.
Hector ” Benjamin ” ( 1. Drummer Afro Drums with George Darko, Amakye Dede, Okyerema Ashanti, etc., memories on stages with Stevie Wonder, Jermaine Jackson, Isaac Hayes, Misty In Roots, Kool and The Gang etc. (Panafest , Ghana).
Modestos ” Gad “ (1. Bass ) serious Bassie. Founder Lion of Judah.
Danny (Guitars) Studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Teaches Guitars, Features with I.R.I.E , Productions for Vox and DSF.
The main thing is the JAH Culture Music. The lyrics are conscious. The Bass is Roots at times, modern and even avantgarde in some versions. The line-up of songs make it possible for the group to adapt to any mood of gigs. The collective experience
makes the musicians feel comfortable working with each other, which in turn will leave any audience extremely satisfied. A full concert could sometimes be like a journey through time and most importantly through Reggae.