UNITY w/ Samory I, The Dubbeez & More

March 24, 2018 - de Warande, Turnhout, Belgium.


Yes we are proud! Very proud to announce our newest collaboration. March 24, de Warande, Turnhout. UNITY feat Samory I & the Black Heart Band; The Dubbeez; Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound System with guest MC Brother Culture; and Giraffe Sound. (Note: Due to Visa problems Hempress Sativa’s tour had to be cancelled, she’s replaced by The Dubbeez)

Unity : Live-Kuub – 21:00
Samory I & the Black Heart Band
The Dubbeez

Unity : Sound-Futur – 22:00
Sir Coxsone feat. MC Brother Culture
Giraffe Sound System

For more info (in Dutch) & tickets : warande.be

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Warande Poster Unity 2018

UNITY w/ Samory I & Black Heart Band; The Dubbeez; Sir Coxsone Outernational ft Brother Culture; Giraffe Sound

When: March 24, 2018 | Where: de Warande, Turnhout, Belgium | Doors: Unity Live 21:00 / Unity Sound 22:00

Samory I

In 2016 Roots Reggae singer Samory-Tour Frazer aka Samory I (a reference to Samory Touré, the Guinean founder of the Islamic Wassoulou empire and a fierce opponent of the French colonization) embarked on his first international tour, which took him on 17-day trip to Europe. It brought him to Reggae Geel where he performed at the Yard Stage. Now Samory I returns to Belgium to perform at the UNITY event in Turnhout.

After having released songs such as “Take Me Oh Jah” and “African Daughter”, which hit the international airways and gained much attention, he really left a serious impression with his 2017 released debut album “Black Gold”, produced by Rory ‘Stone Love’ Gilligan. The single taken from that album, “Rasta Nuh Gangsta”, made that he became a household name among Reggae fans world wide.

Invigorating, heartfelt and intoxicating are only a few words to describe the music of this vibrant Jamaican Roots Reggae artist. Samory I will be backed by the Black Heart Band.

The Dubbeez

The Dubbeez are a fresh reggae band from Amsterdam, who took off in 2015 and have gone from strength to strength since then. Riddim driven by brother and sister Earl on drums and Olivia on bass, the band draw immediate attention with their catchy reggae/dancehall/dub sound. Other members include Joanne – vocals, Quincy – vocals, Milan – guitar and Bobby – keyboards.

The young Amsterdam dubreggae band proves that good reggae is timeless. With a solid rhythm section, clear sound and a bag of catchy songs, they give their classically streamlined compositions a contemporary touch and feel. As a winner of the World Reggae Contest in Poland in 2016, the band flew to Kingston, Jamaica, to record their beautiful debut album “Peace, Love & Dub” in the Tuff Gong Studio together with producers Stephen Stewart and Sam Clayton.

Sir Coxsone Outernational feat. MC brother Culture

Lloyd Coxsone (born Lloyd Blackford) was born in Morant Bay, Jamaica, and moved to Wandsworth, London in 1962. With his surname borrowed from one of Jamaica’s leading sound system operators and producers, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd, he operated his own Coxsone Sound System in London from 1965 through to the 1980s, gaining a residency in the 1970s at the Roaring Twenties club in Carnaby Street.

In the early 1970s he began working as a producer, having success with one of the early lovers rock hits, Louisa Mark‘s “Caught You in a Lie”; Coxsone is credited with paving the way for lovers rock by incorporating soul records into his sound system sets. In the mid- and late-1970s he launched his own Safari, Tribesman and Outernational labels. Among his best-known works as a producer are two dub albums released in 1975 and 1982 – “King of the Dub Rock” and “King of the Dub Rock part 2”. These mixed his own productions featuring musicians such as Matumbi with rhythms produced in Jamaica by Gussie Clarke, with the second album also featuring mixes by Scientist. His other productions included the debut single by Levi Roots. In the mid-1980s, Coxsone took a back seat with his sound system, allowing younger men such as Blacker Dread to take a leading role.

Lloyd Coxsone went into semi-retirement in the late 1980s, but later returned to the sound system circuit with his Sir Coxsone Outernational Sound System. At the UNITY event he will be joined by guest MC Brother Culture, who since 2000, travels the world as an established MC artist spreading out the positive message of Jah music.

Giraffe Sound System

Giraffe Sound System was founded in 2004 by selector Invisible Bram (who originated in T-wood) & MC’s Saimn-I & Original Messenjah (who both originated in Bruges). Like the Jamaican tradition they also have an own Sound System that was built by engineer Frenkstar (also T-wood member).

In the dancehall the sound specializes in playing the oldies from ska, rocksteady to classic roots, dub & rubadub. They have had numerous guests on the sound like Sister Nancy (JAM), Top Cat (UK), Denis Alcapone (JA), Dubterror (UK), Radical Guru (UK), Rob Sparx (UK), Cluekid (UK) & played venues & festivals like Reggae Geel, Depot, Petrol, Pole Pole Beach Machine, Sojo, JK Paddestoel, Mek it Burn, Cameleon Fest, Fiesta Mundial…