Roots Reggae experience in Nevada City Saturday with Prezident Brown
April 9, 2014
Jamaican roots reggae artist Prezident Brown will bring his ‘Experience’ to Nevada City Saturday evening. Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality conscious reggae movement that entertains, informs, and inspires. Doors at 9 p.m., pre-sale tickets are available online for $15 with No Service Charge via Brown Paper Tickets at http://prezidentbrownnogmo.brownpapertickets.com or tickets available at the door for $20.
Prezident Brown is a conscious Jamaican roots reggae artist who carries a universal message of hope and righteousness. He is well loved and respected internationally. Consistently a hard working artist who keeps performing live and putting out new CD’s that bring strength and encouragement to his listener, according to his bio. His latest message “NO To GMO”is the focus of his current tour. Saturday this tour stops at The Stonehouse in Nevada City. It’s called The Prezident Brown Experience because it’s more than just a show. Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality conscious reggae movement that entertains, informs, and inspires. The experience includes opening artists Rivah Jordan and Lee Tafari along with The I sound Band. Come early and enjoy an authentic Jamaican Ital Dinner along with a special early performance of “Live to Vinyl” by Lee’s Unlimited.
Born Fitz Albert Cotterell in the hills of Clarendon, Jamaica, 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. His mother called him Junior Ranking because he would always grab the microphone and chant at schoolyard and country dances. Prezident Brown launched his musical career at the age of 14, when he began dee-jaying for the Sound King Stereo Mix at the Bamboo Lounge where he was dubbed “Slim Brown” by dee-jayNicodemus because of his resemblance to and similar dee-jay style to his mentor, U Brown. When he recorded his debut single in 1988, he was named, “Dancehall Doctor”. The most formative influence on Prezident Brown was producer and sound system operator, Jack Ruby. The late great Jack Ruby saw something special in young “Slim Brown”, took him under his wing, renamed him Prezident Brown and appointed him resident MC of his Hi-Power Sound System traveling worldwide. After the sound system era changed following Jack Ruby’s death 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 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 then released “Showcase Volume 4 Health and Strength” and in July 2009 released “Common Prosperity”. October 2012 Tads Records released his latest CD entitled “I Sound is From Creation”. Prezident Brown now lives in Ocho Rios, in the Parish St. Ann, 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. Prezident Brown is a serious reggae revolutionary who keeps persevering as a defender of the faith and 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”.