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LION HEIGHTS (Austin). They trace their origins to the west side of Chicago in 2013, when friends Dane Foltin (bass/voice), Jeremy Carlson (keys/voice) and James Campbell (guitar) came together while studying music at Columbia College. Lion Heights is mainly influenced by the roots music that was pumping out of Jamaica in the 60s and 70s. However, combining aspects of soul and R&B helps them to introduce reggae music to new audiences.

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ROOTS FROM THE CLAY (Houston). Texas’ fastest-rising roots reggae band, RFTC aims to encourage people through positive music. Their music confronts real-world issues: Racial equality, poverty and relationships are honestly examined through a pulsing reggae beat. Roots From The Clay’s influences come from Jamaican Roots, Lovers Rock, Dub and Dancehall Reggae music from the 70’s through the 2000’s.

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WATUSI (Dallas) It is the premier original "REGGAE / WORLDBEAT" band from Texas and one of the pioneers of the genre in the USA and the world. Watusi is a tribe of 10 world musicians, coming from the Caribbean, Afrika and the USA, joining positive music, kulcha, lyrics and life together in a true Rasta spirit of international unity, with a "One World, One God, One Love" message and a world of rhythm.

WATUSI is the original group on World Beatnik Records, for over 30 years a Texas reggae legend, and worldbeat pioneer since the early 80's and since have become respected and played worldwide. Winners of numerous Reggae and World Music Awards including many Dallas Music Awards for Reggae and.. nominated for the Roots Music Association "Reggae Artist of the Year". Watusi is a charter member of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide (R.A.W.) and has shared the stage internationally with virtually all the top artists in Reggae music, including the Wailers, Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Kymani Marley, Burning Spear, Third World, Inner Circle, Black Uhuru, UB40, Marcia Griffiths, Michael Rose, Don Carlos, Franky Paul, Eek a Mouse, Charlie Chaplin, Big Youth, Yellowman, King Sunny Ade, Sonny Okosuns, the Itals, Afroman, Culture, Meditations, Half Pint, Glen Washington, Neville Brothers, Big Mountain, Ras Michael, Chief Twins 77, O.J. Ekemode, Fishbone, Jimmy Buffett & Reggae Sunsplash U.S. Tour.

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POLY HWY BAND (Dallas) The style and music of poly hwy is a blend of inspirations molded into an array of feel good vibes and body moving grooves. The influences of the band's music originate from each band members love for various genres and knowledge of music.

Although a majority of poly hwy have roots in the South Pacific, some were born and raised in the state of texas. Growing up in households of diverse and colorful personalities, and vibrant passions for music, the members of poly hwy naturally formed individual, and unique musical paths. Their musical journey involved mimicking and listening to artists such as Fiji, Prince, Michael Jackson, Pati, Metallica, Bob Marley and more. The culmination of Each band member paints a picture depicting what poly hwy is

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BUSY SIGNAL (born Glendale Goshia Gordon; January 24), is one of dancehall/reggae’s most prolific artistes. He was born in the garden parish of St Ann where he was first introduced to music by his grandparents who took him to church.

Busy Signal later moved to areas in West and East Kingston such as Tivoli Gardens, Papine, Spanish Town before migrating to the United States. A past student of Brown’s Town Comprehensive High School, Busy Signal’s love affair with music continued. He performed for his peers at school, beating his fists in time on his desk and deejaying Bounty Killer’s songs (he claims to know all of Bounty’s lyrics) before progressing to his own material. Known as one of the artistes leading the contemporary dancehall movement, Busy Signal has been a large part of the scene since 2003. His first hit single, “Step Out”, was one of the most popular dancehall songs in 2005.

His debut album Step Out was released a year later in 2006 with excellent reviews. With questions arising about his unusual moniker, Busy Signal explained that he got the nickname from his friends because he was constantly busy.

As his popularity grew, so did his catalogue. In 2007/2008, he released several hit singles including “Nah Go A Jail Again”, “Smoke Some High Grade”, “Tic Toc” and the track entitled “Unknown Number”.

September 22, 2008, Busy Signal released his second studio album titled Loaded, a 15 track compilation of VP Records of well known dancehall hits such as “Jail,” “Whine Pon Di Edge,” “These Are the Days,” as well as never-heard-before exclusive tracks such as “People So Evil” and “Hustle Hard.”

He also appeared on the lead single of international stars No Doubt’s Push and Shove album.

On May 21, 2012, Busy Signal was arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica due to an an extradition warrant from the U.S.A, just weeks after the release of his latest studio album and first authentic reggae album – Reggae Music Again.

He was however, released on November 16, 2013 after which his name was legally changed to Reanno Devon Gordon. After months of incarceration, Busy Signal maintained that it was the prayers and support of his family and friends which kept him going.

Just months after his release, Busy Signal was once again thrust into the spotlight with the release of Bumaye (Watch Out Fi Dis) with Major Lazer. The single has been one of his most successful to date. It made its way to the Billboard charts before being certified Platinum by the International Federation of the Photographic Industry (IFPI) in Denmark



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EVERTON BLENDER (born 21 November 1954) Everton Dennis Williams, in Clarendon, Jamaica) is an award-winning reggae singer and producer, known for his smooth, crooning, tenor vocals, up-tempo arrangements, and spiritually uplifting themes, successfully bridging the gap between roots reggae and dancehall.



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