Celebrate Mother's Day with "Mother Culture" Grammy Nominated Jamaican Reggae Legend Sister Carol + IrieFuse

Celebrate Mother's Day with "Mother Culture" Grammy Nominated Jamaican Reggae Legend Sister Carol + IrieFuse

IrieFuse, Lee Tafari - Acoustic To Vinyl

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 Advance/ $25 Day of show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

Sister Carol
Sister Carol
Sister Carol was born Carole Theresa East, January 15 1959 in Kingston Jamaica. She is also known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture”. She is a Grammy nominated singer, DJ, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, educator and humanitarian.

Her odyssey began in the ghetto of Denham Town, Kingston in the midst of the exploding Jamaican music scene and has grown to become one of Jamaica’s top entertainers and a Global Icon.

Her formative years were spent at St Anne’s Primary School and Mico-Practicing All-Age School. Her father Howard East was a senior engineer who dedicated his life, to his career at RJR (Radio Jamaica Rediffusion), the number one radio station during that time. He was also a very important part of the Studio One and Treasure Isle sound.

He regularly participated in sessions with the legendary “Clement Coxsone Dodd.” These early influences not only left an indelible mark on her heart but also drew her closer to the infusion of the music industry.

At the age of 14 her family immigrated to Brooklyn NY in 1973. The thriving dancehall scene of New York City led this young rising star to a path that would acknowledge her talents with multiple awards, television appearances, sold out concerts and movies.

Following in the footsteps of her mentor and friend DJ Brigadier Jerry her musical career began after winning talent contests in both Kingston and New York. Sister Carol was offered an opening slot for one of Jamaica’s finest vocal trios, The Mediations who had been the harmony backup vocals for Bob Marley.

This opportunity opened the door for her to record her first two records “Liberation for Africa” on the Serious Gold Label 1983 and “Black Cinderella” on Jah Life Label 1984, bringing her greatest talents, personality and vibe to a wider audience establishing herself firmly in the dancehall/DJ movement. During this time she dominated the music scene winning the coveted “Best Female DJ” for five consecutive years from 1983 – 1987.With these accolades behind her she established her own “Black Cinderella Record Label” in 1989.

In the midst of her success as an artist she continued to pursue an education attending City College of New York where she obtained a B.Sc. degree in education in 1984.

A true testament of her resilient spirit and energy spans over thirty-five years in a male dominated industry, Sister Carol is a trailblazer for women in reggae. Her music carries a social message for people all over the world. Her message is rich with cultural heritage and infused with a vital social consciousness that permeates every aspect of life in the new millennium. (Hence her title as “Mother Culture”). She has maintained a loyal fan base across the globe from Kingston – to Queens, Ethiopia to England, Detroit, Denver, East coast to West coast - Sister Carol reigns as the Queen of Reggae.

Her prolific music career includes over 12 albums/cd, a Grammy nomination for “Best Reggae Album” in 1997, “Most Outstanding Reggae Artist” two consecutive years 1997 and 1998, and “Queen of Reggae” in 2000 in Detroit Michigan, New York City Council Proclamation celebrating Jamaica’s 39th year of independence. Also honoring Jamaicans in New York for outstanding cultural contribution to life in the city of New York in 2001, Institute of Caribbean Studies Wash. DC – “Cultural Heritage Award for Excellence in Music” in 2004, “Lifetime Achievement” in 2008 in Columbus Ohio, “Roots Women in Reggae” 2009 to name just a few.
IrieFuse
IrieFuse
IrieFuse is a collection of long-time friends and fresh talent, homegrown in the hills of Marin County, California. Originally formed as Counter Culture in 2011, they hit the scene hard through a flood of live shows and numerous festival appearances - refusing to let their music go unheard. They have gained recognition rapidly, packing the local bars and music venues repeatedly. The young group has become a favorite at numerous Northern California universities, weddings and house parties. Touring artists, venues and agents love IrieFuse as they bring positive vibes everywhere they go and their festival appearances frequently draw press attention.

Performing as IrieFuse since early 2013, they successfully toured the US West Coast and held the #1 spot on the local music charts, winning over the hearts of promoters and new fans at every stop. They have directly supported artists such as Richie Spice, Junior Kelly, Anthony B, Junior Ried, Natural Black, Prestige, Mystic Roots, and are currently the backing band for international reggae artist Ras Indio.

The grooves of IrieFuse are influenced by bands such as Sublime, Rebelution, Iration, Tribal Seeds, Fortunate Youth and of course, the reggae legends Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and more. Their debut EP, Sun is Rising, released July 26, 2013 and is available now.
Lee Tafari - Acoustic To Vinyl
Lee Tafari - Acoustic To Vinyl
Born Trevor B. Lee on Dec. 18th 1975 in Kingston Jamaica. As the son of Daddy Lees, owner of Lee's Unlimited Sound (est. 1968) he was surrounded by music from the start, and from early childhood he was clearly destined to be a part of it.

When Lee was 7 he moved with his mom and sister to Florida where he mostly grew up. His first venture into the music was dancing "Being part of a festive family such as mine it was hard not to pree Music.

When we would have parties or go to them everyone would want me to dance and lively up the place." but his ability as a selector(dj) soon became apparent. Just out of high school he started working with Riddim Force, before running a leg of Lee's Unlimited in the States. He was then approached by Black Chiney to do some of their international dates, which took him to places such as Canada and most of the Caribbean, becoming well known as Chip Lee the Performa and gaining a lot of popularity. After Deejaying at so many venues and places Lee decided it was time for a change. "I was playing for big crowds but not fulfilling what I feel the Most High ordained for my Life." He then started a radio program on a local radio station in Miami called 'JAH Guide'. "I went through a very Spiritual time and decided the only way this music thing was going to last is if I do it for a higher purpose." He soon linked up with 'Karib Link TV' and they put together a production called 'Sight and Sound.' This innovation got great recognition cause not only were the people hearing the songs but now visual was added. While this was very successful, it was time for more change/growth and Jamaica was calling, so he moved home settling
in Portland. It was in this time that Lee Tafari discovered his Love for song writing and the guitar, carrying it everywhere with him as he learned to play.

In 2013 Lee Tafari united with Haile Conscious, this union brought him to California a number of times, touring the West Coast - Acoustically, and with The Upliftment Band. On Nov. 1st 2014 they released his debut acoustic album ‘UP & UP’ Lee Tafari Unplugged.

The journey continues in 2017... with the brand new release of 2 songs ~ PEACE MAKERS and EARTH ANTHEM feat. Prezident Brown both recorded with master musician Tuff Lion. As always with his focus fully turned towards sharing purely positive vibration. Steadfast on the mission, he brings something rich and refreshing to the music, a truly humble and peaceful servant, a bright light sent from THE MOST HIGH - Lee is Unlimited
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/