A night of revolutionary conscious roots music. Jah Wave and special guests present a set of explosive roots reggae and hip hop from Guyana to California. This show will put forth a positive message and political education through word, sound and consequent power.
Jah Wave was born and raised in Dartmouth Essequibo, a small Black populated village on the north eastern coastline of Guyana. Uniquely the only English speaking country in South America and formerly known as the “food basket of the Caribbean.” Jah Wave’s influence in music came at a very young age. Growing up with 3 Rastafarian uncles, who would have friends over almost everyday to have a good vibe with music and marijuana. With no professional instruments at hand, they would use guitars with most strings missing, beat on bucket bottoms, shake spoons in glass soda bottles etc, in order to recreate instrumentals from reggae music coming out of Jamaica. “The vibe was nice. It was all about having a good time and living in love”. Wave recalls, “I was about three or four years old and they would ask me to freestyle. Of course I would rock it, and they would all stop and cheer me saying”, “Yuh bad bai”. From those early days he took his musical talent with him everywhere he went. From the jungle regions of Guyana (where he would go work in the gold mine) free-styling for several hours at a time with friends at jungle shops and night clubs. To Linden, a bauxite mining town up the Demerara river, where he spent most of his childhood summers. To Georgetown, the capital city of his country where he and his three sisters moved to in 1989 to live with their mother. Always remembering the support and encouragement he picked up along the way, he decided to start writing his music down and seeking a way for his music to be heard. In 1992, after seeing his mother struggle to raise him and his siblings, he dropped out of North Ruimvelt Multilateral High school to seek employment. But instead was influenced into hustling narcotics in the streets and ghettos of the city. In 1996 after spending two years in the gold mine he went back to the city and started singing in a small band with his father, who was versatile in building and playing steel pans, and two of his father’s brothers, who also played guitars and keyboard. They would play at night clubs and bars doing covers of popular reggae songs. In the same year, he became a member of the renowned Rastafarian organization, The Twelve Tribes Of Israel, where his vocal ability was recognized and chosen to be a lead singer in the organization’s band. Guyana however being little known for music production, has forced the artiste to keep on with his life and not pay much attention to music as a career decision. It wasn’t until migrating to the United States in 2005 and constant encouragement by friends, did it become clear to him that music was his calling.
Since moving to the Bay Area (California), Wave has been known to emceeing in popular reggae parties like Reggae Gold with Daddy Rollo’s Lonestar Sound, King of Kings Sunday with Deejay Smokey’s One Blood Sound and Cali’s champion sound, Jah Warrior Shelter Hifi, to name a few. Known for his energetic and emotional performances with the conscious lyrical content in his music, promoting the smoking of marijuana and singing about the struggles and blessings we all experience in life, Wave has earned his name as a unique musical talent with something of value to contribute to the reggae music arena. He has a natural gift of connecting, interacting and bringing good positive energy to an audience.
Audiomatic was born in Oakland, an only child to a strong Black woman – he was raised mostly with his family in Pittsburg and Oakland. The son of an actor and a teacher, Audiomatic was genetically inclined to being an “edutainer.” It was his teenage years that awoke his consciousness to the epidemic facing not only Black people but humanity and life as we know it under racism and social injustice. In school, Audiomatic was often dismissed or punished for challenging his teachers and inquiring about Black history. In fact, while in class completly ignoring the teacher looking out the window, he was first introduced to the Dead Prez song “They Schools Can’t Teach us Shit,” ironically from a car driving by and was never the same since. This sparked a hunger for knowledge-of-self through hip hop. The next few years while committing strong arm robberies at local BART stations, petty nickle and dime hustles and being terrorizde by police, Audiomatic used his talents and ears for hip hop to learn and educate about the dire situation facing the Blackman, woman and child. As a member of the Black Riders Liberation Party, Audiomatic is commited to awakening the people to the truth and using hip hop as a weapon against the mainstream matrix media.
Fly Benzo is a revolutionary hip hop artist from Hunter’s Point, San Francisco. Fly is a community organizer and activist in the revolutionary Bay Area people’s struggle community.