Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm
Tickets are $17 advance / $20 day of show / $17 students
Prezident Brown is the reigning Jamaican reggae M.C., a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness, with a message that is pure Rasta conscious vibes, from the spiritual “To Jah Only” through his more recent “Do Thy Work.” He is an artist driven by a sense of mission and purpose that, he likes to say, “edutains” (heightens the consciousness of listeners) as much as entertains. According to JamBase, “A distinct and powerful stage presence, a Prezident Brown show is a transcendent spiritual movement that leaves audiences satiated, sweaty and smiling.”
Born Fitz Albert Cotterell, Prezident Brown grew up in the green hills of Clarendon, Jamaica. As “Junior Ranking,” a name his mother gave him, he would grab the microphone and chant away at schoolyards and country dances. As a teenager, he was known as Slim Brown because of his resemblance and similar DJ style to his mentor, U Brown. Discovered by reggae producer Jack Ruby, who renamed him Prezident Brown, he became one of the hottest sound system stars, recording for a number of record companies, and in the ’90s his songs began to supplant the guns and self-hype lyrics then popular in the dance halls. Collaborations included appearing on Steel Pulse’s “Black and Proud.”
Jerusalem-born reggae musician Lior Ben-Hur and his band Sol Tevél open the night with songs from their new CD, “So I Wander.” Ben-Hur and Sol Tevél‘s mission is mixing musical creativity and spirituality in conscious reggae and world music dance styles. Born in Israel with Greek and Iraqi roots, Lior Ben-Hur has called San Francisco home since 2004. He formed the band Sol Tevél in 2011. His lyrics shed new light with contemporary interpretations of old Jewish texts, ideals and mysticism. Ben-Hur has taken his musical message to more than a dozen countries in recent years. The CD “So I Wander” was released in February. It was produced by Marcus Urani (of Groundation) and features such guests as Kumar Bent (of Raging Fyah), Jah Levi, Yossi Fine, Iraqi-Israeli world music expert Yair Dalal, and the Palestinian rapper Saz.