Monday, December 8, 2014

Introducing: Skygrass

This week I'll be taking you through the land of reggae/hip hop/ska.

Today's band is one that was suggested to me by one of my loyal readers, Stephen Rsk Brown. I had never heard of this band before, but I was impressed when I gave them a listen.


Skygrass - Reggae Band http://jinglejanglejungle.blogspot.com/2014/12/skygrass.html
Skygrass
Bio taken from http://www.skygrassmusic.com

Skygrass is a metaphor that speaks to the universal principle of oneness. As it is above, so it is below, the Heaven and the Earth, the black and the white, the roots reggae and the high energy rock or dance hall music all exist in one divine symphony.

When three young men decided to combine their musical talents, thus formed the core of the greater movement to be known as Skygrass.

Simon, Suane, and Rasheed found their unique sound to be rooted in the heavily drum and bass influenced rhythms of reggae music, while sky-bound with the high flying energy of rock guitar; punctuated by the street flavoured lyrical delivery of Jamaican dance hall. Simon -- referred to as a "Vocally potent lead singer", by Andrea Frater of the Jamaica Gleaner and a "Lyrical genius" by Craig Parks of KeepLeft Records, leads each performance with his passionate delivery on vocals and rhythm guitar. While Rasheed -- son of Jamaican master classical guitarist Norman McCallum --energizes each set with his Dub-Rock Prowess; accompanied by Suane -- a natural drummer, dubbed "A monster on the drums", by Wayne Armond of the legendary reggae band Chalice.

Based in Kingston, Jamaica, the band plays a key role in the resurgence of live music among Kingston's youth. Giving critically acclaimed performances at various venues, including the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival Talent Stage 2010, which ushered in their return to the festival the following year as they opened the main stage for Maroon 5.

In a time when the majority of the islands music has for the most part, conformed to a genre related formula, often tainted by negative messages, Skygrass dares to be different. With performances that are engaging, entertaining and appeal to a wide audience do to their clever lyrics and high energy instrumentation. The band delivers a dynamic set of original songs that strike a chord with new audiences as well as loyal fans.

Unfortunately, I wasnt able to find any back stories on their songs but please enjoy these videos.

 http://youtu.be/opxuIfpVnEg


http://youtu.be/Oc6sJCpm1ZU


Thank you, Stephen, for suggesting this band to me.