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Monday Nov 22nd: PERFECT GIDDIMANI @ THE HOPMONK

November 16, 2010   No Comments

MONDAY MAY 3rd: I-WAYNE & BOBBY TENNA @ THE MNE SINGERS SERIES

MONDAY MAY 3rd @ THE HOPMONK TAVERN IN SEBASTOPOL, CA

THE RETURN OF THE MONDAY NIGHT EDUTAINMENT SINGERS SERIES

WBLK PRESENTS:
LIVE & DIRECT FROM JAMAICA

I-WAYNE & BOBBY TENNA

HOPMONK TAVERN
$10 @ DOOR, LADIES 1/2 PRICE BEFORE 11PM
21+

MONDAY MAY 3rd: I-WAYNE & BOBBY TENNA @ THE MNE SINGERS SERIES

April 20, 2010   1 Comment

420 “RISING OUT OF THE VALLEY” REGGAE FESTIVAL

420 "RISING OUT OF THE VALLEY" REGGAE FESTIVAL

April 20, 2010   No Comments

APRIL 19th 2010:THE UK INVASION :THE LEGENDARY MAD PROFESSOR w/ CHUKKI STARR & GAPPY RANKS

APRIL 19th 2010:THE UK INVASION :THE LEGENDARY MAD PROFESSOR w/ CHUKKI STARR & GAPPY RANKS

@ THE HOPMONK TAVERN

Real big show coming up!  Three separate tours by UK artists will converge in Sebastopol for one night.    We’re crazy excited and would love any help spreading the word.

Here are some media links of the artists at this event:

VIDEO: MAD PROFESSOR LIVE @ GALA HALA, METELKOVA, 21.12.2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYPHsgUC1Qs

BIG TUNE: CHUKKI STARR “THE ALMIGHTY ONE”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bke-R6t7beo
MIXTAPE: Stepwise & Chukki Starr – FULL CONFIDENCE VOL 2 –> http://www.sendspace.com/file/88r345

BIG TUNE: GAPPY RANKS “PUT THE STEREO ON – STUDIO 1 TRIBUTE”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2eg4Ka97z8
MIXTAPE: “Rising out of the Ghetto” Tour Sampler Mix  http://www.mediafire.com/?wmtmzgngkny



4:19 GOT A MINUTE???

MONDAY NIGHT EDUTAINMENT WITH THE MAD PROFESSOR, CHUKKI STARR & GAPPY RANKS

MONDAY NIGHT EDUTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENT
$10 Pre/$15 @ Door
(Presale tickets available at The Last Record Store, Hopmonk bar and www.hopmonk.com
)
Doors early @ 9pm


4:19 Got a Minute???

MAD PROFESSOR BIO:

Mad Professor (born Neil Joseph Stephen Fraser, 1955, Georgetown, Guyana) is a dub music producer and engineer known for his original productions and remix work. He is considered one of the leading producers of dub music’s second generation and was instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age. He is a prolific producer, contributing to or producing nearly 200 albums. He has collaborated with reggae artists such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Sly and Robbie, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka and Horace Andy, as well as artists outside the realm of traditional reggae and dub, such as Sade, Massive Attack, The Orb, and Brazilian DJ Marcelinho da lua.

Fraser became known as Mad Professor as a boy due to his fascination with electronics. He emigrated from Guyana to London at the age of 13 and later began his music career as a service technician. He gradually collected recording and mixing equipment and in 1979 opened his own four-track recording studio, Ariwa Sounds, in the living room of his home in Thornton Heath. He began recording lovers rock bands and vocalists for his own label (including the debut recording by Deborahe Glasgow) and recorded his first album after moving the studio to a new location in Peckham in 1982, equipped with an eight-track setup, later expanding to sixteen. Fraser’s Dub Me Crazy series of albums won the support of John Peel, who regularly aired tracks from the albums. Although early releases were not big sellers among reggae buyers, the mid-1980’s saw this change with releases from Sandra Cross (Country Life), Johnny Clarke, Peter Culture, Pato Banton, and Macka B (Sign of the Times). Fraser moved again, this time to South Norwood, where he set up what was the largest black-owned studio complex in the UK, where he recorded highly successful lovers rock tracks by Cross, John McLean, and Kofi, and attracted major Jamaican artists including Bob Andy and Faybiene Miranda.He teamed up with reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry for the first time in 1989 for the album Mystic Warrior.

Dub music, which combines reggae music and recording studio trickery, seemed to fit Mad Professor’s musical and technical tastes perfectly and his early work remained faithful to the traditional Jamaican dub pioneered by King Tubby, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Augustus Pablo. Mad Professor’s early work was characterized by few vocal tracks and heavy echo, reverb, and phaser effects on the instrumentals. Eventually, he began to experiment with electronic sounds and effects alongside the traditional instruments. Synthesized sounds began to find a place in his mixes. This experimentation caught the attention of artists outside of reggae and dub genres and led to Mad Professor’s work with electronic artists, most notably Massive Attack.

Mad Professor has released hundreds of original recordings and has worked with a number of reggae and non-reggae artists. He is perhaps best known for his 12 installments of the Dub Me Crazy series and 5 albums under the Black Liberation Dub banner. The following is a list of his more accessible original releases, collaborations with other artists, and remixes. A complete discography can be found at Discogs.com.

CHUKKI STARR BIO:

Chukki Starr (born in Harlesden, London, Anthony Williams), started out as a deejay – then under the name Chukki Brown – for his own formed Echo Tone Hi Fi soundsystem in the Stone Bridge Community. His debut recording “Goodas Gal” was produced by Stonehead of the Uk-based ‘Volcano’ Sound. After joining his family in Jamaica he voiced some specials in Jamaica. In 1993/1994 Chukki Starr returned to the UK, teamed up with Gussie P. of “Fashion Records”. He released a series of hits including “Career Time”, “Evilous System”, Who Dem Fi Rate” and Almighty Father’. Back in Jamaica Chukki Starr performed in Western Kingston on the sound system circuit. These activities were followed by sessions for several top producers. He recorded a couple of tunes for Bobby ‘Digital’ Dixon and African Star and voiced lots of specials for several Jamaican sounds. From that time on he built up a special relationship with Bobby Digital as well as African Star.

By 1997 Chukki Starr was considered to be one of UK’s top deejays, also due to the considerable success of his own Makiel label release, “Forever I Shall Praise”, and the combination hit with Aisha, “Hard Times”. It was his association with Ariwa’s Mad Professor that led to the release of his highly acclaimed debut album, “Ghetto Youths Livity”. Lyrically Chukki Starr always concentrates on conscious themes.

His stage show and classic delivery have become legendary.  Performing on April 19th @ the Hopmonk will reunite Chukki with the legendary Mad Professor.  Don’t miss this special evening.

GAPPY RANKS BIO:

Gappy Ranks is a dancehall musician of Jamaican and Dominican origin, also known as Jacob Lee Williams. He has worked with American rapper Twista, UK MC Lethal B, producers Kray Twinz and dancehall collective Suncycle.

He has received radio airplay from the likes of Robbo Ranx on the BBC as well as appearing on the A List of the BBC 1Xtra playlist with the song “Heaven In Your Eyes”. Other releases include “Stinkin Rich” and “What We Do Is” and an album is expected to follow in 2010.

Gappy Ranks dealt with obstacles such as homelessness and issues with the police after leaving school, which resulted in his music taking a back seat. However, after overcoming this, he enlisted the help of radio stations such as Unique FM and spent time in the studio to hone his musical talent.

Ranks has performed at Earl’s Court in front of a crowd of 17,000 as well as at the televised Kiss Awards. on Boxing Day 2009, he performed at the celebrated annual Sting event in Jamaica.

He signed with Greensleeves Records and is currently working on an album.  This appearance at the Hopmonk, the kickoff for his “Rising out of the Ghetto” tour, will be the first time the massive in California will have an opportunity to see Gappy Ranks live.

Peep the Gappy Ranks Sampler Mix and get ready for some fire shows!!!

March 19, 2010   No Comments

ALBOROSIE & The Shengen Clan in Petaluma Also: LUV FYAH & BINGHI GHOST w/ 7th St Band Feat. The Brass Matics horn section plus DJ JACQUES and DJ BEATNOK

ALBOROSIE & The Shengen Clan in Petaluma
Also: LUV FYAH & BINGHI GHOST w/ 7th St Band Feat. The Brass Matics horn section plus DJ JACQUES and DJ BEATNOK
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FRIDAY FEB 19 2010 : ALBOROSIE & The Shengen Clan in Petaluma Also: LUV FYAH & BINGHI GHOST w/ 7th St Band Feat. The Brass Matics horn section plus DJ JACQUES and DJ BEATNOK

February 14, 2010   No Comments

MONDAY FEB 15th : NORRIS MAN w/ 7TH ST BAND & BRASS MATIC HORNS @ HOPMONK

NORRIS MAN w/ 7TH ST BAND & BRASS MATIC HORNS @ HOPMONK

MONDAY FEBRUARY 15th 2010
The MNE Singers Series is proud to welcome:

NORRIS MAN
backed by The 7th St Band & the Brass Matic Horns

Only $10 for this special event.

Performing such hits as:
PERSISTENCE
HEATHEN
BAD ROAD
WOMAN OF VIRTUES
LIFE STYLE
PRECIOUS
SIGN OF THE TIMES
MOVE HARD
JAH JAH IS THE RULER
& many more

DJ Jacques & DJ Guacamole on the 1 & 3’s
Hosted by WBLK

Please tell your friends & family about this show.

February 14, 2010   No Comments

MNE Singers Series Presents: Warrior King & Gyptian w/ Full Band & WBLK

MNE “SINGERS SERIES”
SPECIAL GUEST : WARRIOR KING & GYPTIAN (w/ full Band)

Jamaican Reggae superstars Warrior King & Gyptian roll through Sebastopol with a full band to Monday Night Edutainment alongside WBLK.

Warrior King Bio:

http://warriorkingmusic.com

Warrior King is not merely an entertainer, but an artist with a mission. Ever since he trod onto the Reggae Music scene reminding us of the importance of the balance of natural African union with “Virtuous Woman” his smooth voice has been resonating his positive message. The success of “Virtuous Woman” is a testament to the power of this resonance. The infectious roots tune went to number one on so many charts that the singer has lost count…. England, Miami, New York, Atlanta, Trinidad and most importantly, it spent 13 weeks at the top in his home country of Jamaica.

Seldom does such a clear and positive message come in such a powerful and palatable package. Warrior King has been able to fuse his Rastafarian teachings with melodic and catchy delivery, smooth choruses and tasty reggae ’slurs’ have become as much a Warrior King trademark as his positive teachings that encouraged the restoration of the traditional African family and culture. On his follow up hit “Never Go Where The Pagans Go”, he sways from rapid fire chanting to even toned harmonies with the ease of a seasoned veteran. The praise for his sisters of African descent on “Empress So Divine” further illustrates the vision of Warrior King. Born Mark Dyer, he explains his musical purpose with poignant and heartfelt turns of phrase reminiscent of his mentor Bob Marley “words are like spiritual food, music is like medicine for the soul” he states.

Growing up, his Mother emphasized the importance of a strong foundation and the natural oneness of the African family. This lesson stayed with him and shapes his songwriting to this day ensuring that Warrior King will always exemplify spirituality in music.

Warrior King’s live show has ignited many stage shows including Reggae Sumfest, Fully Loaded and even Sizzla’s Birthday Bash, but the one show that stands as the jewel in his crown is performing at the National Stadium in Grenada along with one of his roll models, Luciano. After an impassioned solo performance, he joined Luciano onstage for an emotionally drenched encore in the pouring Caribbean rain.

“I am an instrument in the hands of the Most High,” Warrior King states. When asked what the future holds, he humbly offers a quote from H.I.M. Haile Selassie, “Be resilient in your work and attempt to complete whatever you undertake. If you face failure try again and be persist in your determination to attain your goal.” Warrior King’s aim is for his music to permeate the very soil, wind and humanity of all that it comes in contact with.

Look out for the upcoming album, “Hold the Faith”.

Gyptian Bio:

http://www.gyptian.com

Windell Beneto Edwards became the singer known as Gyptian when he left his rural home in St. Andrew, Jamaica, and traveled to Portmore, the town where the promoter known as Mr. Wong ran his studio. Gyptian had grown up singing in his mother’s Adventist church and listening to his Rastafarian father’s music. His father had been a promoter himself for a time, so he understood the grooming and networking that would be involved in turning Gyptian’s passion into his profession. His parents trusted Ravin Wong, having seen the promoter turn many an unpolished talent into reggae stars, I Wayne being a recent example. Under Wong’s direction, Windell became “Egyptian,” then “I-Gyptian,” and finally just Gyptian. The smooth singer was eventually presented a song that would suit his conscious upbringing, “Serious Times,” and after adding his own verse to it, he cut the track in Wong’s studio. Combining hypnotic nyahbinghi drums with lyrics that plead for an end to violence and crime, “Serious Times” exploded across Jamaica, putting Gyptian in the company of Jah Cure and Fantan Mojah, two other artists who were becoming popular by fighting for peace and justice in a roots reggae style. By the time the single had become a Jamaican number one, numerous producers were contacting Gyptian in hopes he would appear on their tracks, but the roots-minded singer refused most of the offers since their lyrics were filled with gun talk and misogyny. After being presented with enough socially conscious music and old-school lovers rock to fill a full-length, Gyptian made his debut in 2006 with My Name Is Gyptian on the VP label. Two years later he returned with I Can Feel Your Pain, an album heavily influenced by contemporary R&B. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide
Click here to buy advance tickets

October 14, 2009   No Comments

October 5th Monday Night Edutainment Moves to the Hopmonk

MNE Movin to the Hopmonk Oct 5th

August 29, 2009   1 Comment

WBLKMUSIC.COM site coming soon

Bless Up!

Just got the domain name stuff straight and are in the process of getting the site put together.

Give thanks for the interest.

For now, you can contact get our current happenings at www.myspace.com/DJJACQUES or www.myspace.com/DJGUACAMOLE

For CDs or booking please contact DJJACQUES@WBLKMUSIC.COM

More contact coming soon.

Big up – WBLK


The WBLK Dancehall Massive

August 29, 2009   1 Comment