City Food Share presents:
LUCIANO THE MESSENJAH + SAMSARA COLLECTIVE + SHAKAROOT
Live & Direct from Jamaica:
Luciano the Messenjah
Born in Davyton, Manchester Parish, and raised as the seventh of nine children in a strict Adventist family, Luciano began recording in 1992, with his first single “Ebony & Ivory” (on which he was credited as ‘Stepper John’) on the Aquarius Record label, followed by a split album with DJ Presley (now credited as ‘Luciana’) for producer Sky High. His first releases as Luciano included the hit single “Give My Love a Try”, produced at Castro Brown’s New Name Studio, followed by others produced by Brown, Freddie McGregor, Blacka Dread, and Sly and Robbie, including the 1993 no. 1 UK reggae hit “Shake It Up Tonight”.
The majority of his recording in the mid-to-late 1990s was for Burrell and the Xterminator label, which by that time included such artists as Sizzla, Mikey General and Firehouse Crew, as well as recordings from Capleton and Cocoa Tea. Along with the work on the two albums for Island Jamaica, the majority of Luciano hits produced by Burrell were featured on 1999’s Sweep Over My Soul. Burrell and Luciano parted ways in 1999.
Luciano’s album Zion Awake was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
As “one of the South’s most exciting reggae acts”, Brighton-based Samsara Collective create an open minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. Their music pays tribute to the original innovators of the genre while refusing to be bound by any stylistic conventions. The result is a fresh and hook-laden take on the style, morphing the reggae sound into something wholly new and exciting, and has been described as “a startlingly new angle on the Jamaican sound”.
In the short time since the release of their “Good Omens” EP the band has been booked to play alongside reggae legends such as The Wailers, Toots and the Maytals, Groundation, The Black Uhuru, Culture, and Aswad – and performed at countless festivals such as Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, and Secret Garden Party. With a tightly woven live show which combines intricate musicianship with raw energy and infectious positivity, Samsara have become firm favourites at venues and festivals across the land.
Anyone doubting reggae music’s enduring relevance or its power to transform hearts and minds should listen to this latest track by ShakaRoot, since it has a message that’s impossible to ignore.
“We’re taking anything we need, to change the world indeed” he warns – not in anger, but with love and certainty amidst regal horns and proper arrangements, and aided by a chorus that’ll stay in the brain long after the song’s stopped playing. Lyrically, it’s a declaration of intent – a hymn to both music and a better world, and delivered by a singer / songwriter from Sardinia now living in Brighton, UK, whose music evokes the majesty and deep roots vibe of traditional reggae, whilst simultaneously sounding a clarion call for his generation.
CITY FOOD SHARE is a community based charity fundraising platform supporting food banks and homeless shelters in Brighton and Hove. We help provide hot meals, living essentials and food shopping for vulnerable people and families. We are currently fundraising for 9 food banks and homeless shelters and every penny raised at this event will be used directly to support those in need.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR MAIN SPACE – KOMEDIA DOWNSTAIRS
AGES 14+ (UNDER 16s MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)