If you ask most artists they would probably say that when it comes to awards just to be recognized is a win on it’s own but Exco Levi has won one of Canada’s most covented music awards five time.
In our community sometimes we tend to be oblivious or dismissive of what a great accomplishment it is so far and then we wonder why the recognition has not be wider in scope. Our collective answer to that fact should simply be this, if we are not bestowing the accolades from within why should anyone else.
As he prepares to release yet another album called Narrative we will like to take you on a small but engaging trip from our prospective of his journey thus far –
Rootz Reggae Radio was fortunate to have Iauwata Amha Selassie MD and Xola Lololi in our studio a few months ago and it with great appreciation, love and ? that we are able to bring this to you. A conversation with Julion King during Conscious Thought each and every Wednesday from 7-9 PM.
Here is another production done to the tune Rally -Iauwata Band.
The double CD Rally & Rally Ital, recorded primarily in Toronto at local City Community Centers: Lawrence Height and Falstaff where Iauwata mentored youths in music composition and music studio production for over 8 years; this musical teacher has touched the hearts of many musicians and singers around the world with his generous support of their music education and careers.
This is just briefly scratching the surface but you can see by the number of artists performing during the celebration noted above the influence he was able to leave on this community.
RastaFar “I” Faces is filmed in Canada,USA, Jamaica and Africa centred around the 4 main houses in Rastafarian culture Nyabinghi , Bobshanti, 12th Tribes and the Ethiopians Orothodox. Interviews have been given by the Nyabinghi High Priest: George Ions and the Boboshanti high Priest on the Rastafarian Movement. There is also an interview with Brother Robinson who may not be familiar to you but he’s one of the first to have repatriated to Africa.
It is a 30 min short doc in preparation for the longer indepth production anticipated later this year.
Interviews with some of the artists performing at the premiere:
While this presentation was being organized a personal exteremely difficult family incident occurred for Anthony Cruz and therefore he will not be performing. However in the true spirit of community and most importantly Rastafari- D-Medz will be steppin Up to complete the performance roaster.
On February 12th, 2017 while the 59th Grammy Awards were being handed out and Ziggy Marley was once again the receipent for Best Reggae Recording and Skip Marley was featured with Katy Perry on the new single”Chained to the Rhythm” Rootz Reggae Radio was live and direct on the phone with Alex Marley speaking about his music, his life, sports and paying it forward to the community around him in a unique way.
Here’s that interview with Alex Marley..
We also had the opportunity to speak with Warrior King here is that interview
Glen Washington a corner stone of the reggae industry with connections to Canada through family, friends and mentorship of other artists who have come into their own. During the interview with Glen Washington, Tony Anthony surprises him on the line. Looking for more information visit www.glenwashington.net
As we see various pictures on social media from the opening of the Peter Tosh Museum in Pulse Centre, Trafalgar Road, St Andrew, Jamaica which took place on what would have been the legendary artist 72nd Earth Strong ; October 19th, 2016.
Here is a brief interview with Andrew Tosh,one of his sons and a part of the living legacy.