Prezident Brown & The Itals

MVFF Music Presents:

Prezident Brown & The Itals

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$27.00 - $32.00

This event is all ages

Prezident Brown
Prezident Brown
Prezident Brown, born Fitz Albert Cotterell, has been called, "one of the most interesting cultural dee-jays since U Roy". Emphasizing positive messages, Prezident Brown has continued to pioneer his own direction, developing his own approach to dee-jaying that he calls, "The chanting stylee".
Born to a Seventh Day Adventist family in Colonel Ridge, Clarendon, Prezident Brown grew up in the small town of Oracabessa in the Parish of St. Mary, Jamaica. He was forced to leave school at a young age when his father died leaving him with his mother and three sisters.

Prezident Brown launched his musical career at the age of fourteen, when he began dee-jaying for the Sound King Stereo Mix at the Bamboo Lounge. Initially known as Junior Ranking, Prezident Brown was dubbed, "Slim Brown", by dee-jay Nicodemus. When he recorded his debut single in 1988 Prezident Brown was named, "Dancehall Doctor". The late Jack Ruby, producer of Burning Spear’s albums, “Marcus Garvey”, and, “Man In The Hills”, bestowed the title, “Prezident”, upon him. In 1989, he joined Courtney Cole's label, Roof International, and began performing and dee-jaying at the Rooftop Club in Ocho Rios. In 1990, Prezident Brown became involved with producers Barry O'Hare and Steven Stewart at Grove Music in Ocho Rios. It was Barry O'Hare's X-Rated Record label that became Prezident Brown’s home base and it was X-Rated Records with Runn Records that launched his career in Europe. In Jamaica the X-Rated label took off as a massive roots revival swept across the country paving the way for Prezident Brown’s conscious style of reggae dee-jaying. In 1999 the Jamaican record label Kariang released the timeless, “To Jah Only” album.

In 2002, Jahmani Productions released a 2 CD disc called, “Showcase Volume 1”. The 46 show tour that followed that release took Prezident Brown across the United States and included performances at The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and on Reggae on the River. Jahmani Productions then released “Showcase Volume 2”, and “Showcase Volume 3” which includes a live performance from the 2002 Mt. Shasta Renegade Music Festival. In 2004 the German based label Chet Records with Sony Records released the album, “Generation Next”.

Prezident Brown currently lives in Jamaica. He continues to record and tour. He has developed a strong following in the United States and Europe, and continues to grow musically and in notoriety, as a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement. Prezident Brown entertains, informs and inspires. Common Prosperity, was released in July 2009. October 2012 Tads Records released I Sound is From Creation. Influenced by the spirit of Rastafari and the original Jamaican dancehall rub-a-dub sound system he is currently releasing The Journeyman Pilgrimage - his 10th studio album. This project is close to his heart because it brings forth the best of his love in fourteen strong, fun, conscious, positive and spiritual tracks. These musical vibrations display the full maturity of his art, showcasing where he’s come from as well as where he currently is. “My career is a journey with different phases unfolding as I go, it’s a reggae journey and I believe music is of divine origin and should be invoked with the highest praise, so I’m inviting you all to join me. I call it The Journeyman Pilgrimage because I always go the extra mile with and for the purpose of delivering my music.”

The Journeyman Pilgrimage is scheduled to be released on the Tad’s Record label. Prez worked closely with producer/engineer Barry O’Hare, who has also worked with Burning Spear, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and many others. Bassist Devon Bradshaw from Axx of Jahpostles, who has worked with Burning Spear and the late Garnet Silk, and has been instrumental in the sound as the bass player and producer. Ian (Beezy) Coleman, the guitarist for Ziggy Marley, is also featured on this project as well as many of his existing works. Young artist/producer/beatmaker Rivah Jordan of Soundkillaz Music has also been heavily involved. Rivah Jordan has been working making music with Prez since 2011. The first single/Video from this project entitled Boy Baby was released on September 30th 2014. Three more singles should be released in preparation for the full CD in spring 2015 at which time he is scheduled to be touring with The Journeyman Pilgrimage.

Prezident Brown is a serious reggae revolutionary who keeps persevering as a defender of the faith.
The Itals
The Itals
Long before The Itals were a spark in their producer's eye, Keith Porter recorded his first hit single, "Hitey Titey", with the Westmorelites on the Studio One label in 1967. Around 1969, Keith became lead singer for a band named Soul Hermit, backed by Eugene Gray and Wignal Henry on guitars, Reginald Seewell/Nash on base and drums. They played in numerous entertainment sectors of Jamaica until Owen Sinclair put together a new band in 1971. Called Future Generation, the band was composed of Dalton James and Roy Hilton on drums, Devon Henry on keyboards, Eugene Gray, guitar, Scott on sax, and Keith on vocals. They performed all over Jamaica for a few years, singing all styles of music, American R&B and love songs and native Jamaican songs.

Tiring of the club scene around 1975, Keith ran into Ronnie Davis on Orange Street in Kingston and asked him who was auditioning. Ronnie gave him a cassette with a rhythm he'd just had a hit on. "I was so happy with that rhythm I didn't look any further," says Keith. "In less than a week I had written Ina Disa Time and came back to Kingston to record it for Lloyd Campbell's SpiderMan label. Lloyd felt it needed some harmonies with my lead, so Ronnie and I both added harmony parts. There was no intention of forming a group called the Itals; the record first came out as Keith Porter." As he recounts, "After the song was on its way to becoming a hit in Jamaica, we all went out to do some promotion. Lloyd, Ronnie, myself and Brian Thomas of RJR were sitting out back in the cantina, when Brian said 'why not call them the Itals', because now there was more than one person singing. Everyone liked that name. It sounded good, so all of a sudden, Itals was a group. It was never intentional. I've always wondered if the name was the result of Brian noticing how strict I was about the food I ate, strictly Ital."

Lloyd quickly repressed the record as 'The Itals' to meet demand. Today the song remains The Itals' signature tune, and has been described by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones as "the perfect reggae track". It has been included on the Rolling Stones' Artist Choice cd, released this year, available through Starbucks Coffee from Hear Music, a division of EMI, and in selected major chains.

The success of "Ina Disa Time" saw the group return to the studio with the addition of Lloyd Ricketts singing the third harmony part on a series of superb recordings for the SpiderMan label. Tunes like "Don't Wake The Lion," "Brutal," and "Temptation" followed on 7" release in Jamaica and New York in '77 and '78, establishing the Itals among the best Jamaican singers and songwriters. The Itals were twice finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition, and their 1981 tune, "Jamaican Style," earned them a place at Reggae Sunsplash that year. 1982 saw the release of the first Itals' album, "Brutal Out Deh" on Nighthawk Records. The Itals toured the US and Canada backed by the Roots Radics. Their second album, "Give Me Power," was released to critical acclaim and hit #1 on CMJ's Reggae Route chart. In 1985, Pollstar Magazine placed them in the top 100 artists of the year.

Their third album, "Early Recordings," gathers together all the Itals' early singles and several rare pre-Itals tracks for a collector's feast from Nighthawk. The Itals' fourth recording, "Rasta Philosophy," won a Grammy nomination for best reggae album, followed by "Cool And Dread." Next came the Rhythm Safari album "Easy to Catch", followed by "Modern Age" on Ras Records, and continued touring throughout the U.S., Canada and
Europe.

Over the years, the Itals have performed countless shows worldwide. Although the background harmonies sometimes change, they always sound as sweet as ever, backing the original Itals lead vocalist, Keith Porter. Now, with the release of "Mi Livity," Mr. Porter steps a little further out front and demonstrates why good reggae music allows no labels or limitations.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/