Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
I-taweh & The Reggae Lions, Nambo Robinson & Ancestree
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Monday, November 12th
Roots Reggae From Jamaica featuring Kingston's Legendary Trombonist Nambo Robinson
9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $7/10,

Moe's Alley presents a Jamaican Reggae showcase with I-TAWEH & THE REGGAE LIONS, NAMBO ROBINSON & ANCESTREE

Itaweh Video "Overload"
Nambo Robinson Video "Leter To LKJ"

I-taweh and his all-star Jamaican band The Reggae Lions featuring the legendary trombonist Nambo Robinson are going on tour in the U.S. this fall.  This is a very special roots and culture package. Veteran trombonist, Nambo Robinson, will be opening for I-taweh with his original dub set.  I-taweh will be performing titles from his hit album Overload along with some new tracks from his unreleased upcoming album.

Coming from the roots, the parish of St. Ann and the Prickly Pole community is I-taweh, an artist whose talents bloomed from the solid roots foundation of live performance.
In December I-taweh performed songs from his debut release Overload at a launch party at Wickie Wackie in Bull Bay, Jamaica as part of a great journey through Jamaica's radio and media landscape.  Selections from the Overload album and the single have received significant airplay on numerous stations in Jamaica and both have become a 2011-2012 hit, reaching #1 on the Hot102FMchart.  I-taweh formed the band the Reggae Lions for the launch event enlisting veterans Nambo Robinson on trombone along withEverton Gayle on saxophone and Time aka Count Ossie Jr. on percussion.

I-Taweh is based in both California and Jamaica.  Since the explosion of the song and album Overload, the artist has been in Jamaica to witness first-hand the reaction of listeners. It has been gratifying and energizing to him to have people respond to the message in the lyrics and relate to the timeless sound.  

He comes in with his own set of originals, not sung on popular rhythms, not created with the current trends, but with the essence of the original roots and culture of reggae.  Think Burning Spear & Joseph Hill and Culture or Israel Vibration, but with the sensibility of pop music on ballads like Runaway which addresses crime and violence with lyrical wisdom, “Find your dwelling place today, make sure it’s the place that you want to stay”  and Rise and Shine  which is one of the more sincere love songs ever written, and it includes the line, “she’s in the kitchen, cookin’ spinach, mouth can’t wait to go....”  all sung in a rich baritone with deep, soulful harmonies and moody delay effects.  

As for the recording process, the full complement of the greats in reggae are found here.  The title track Overload is a healing, courageous and powerful song addressing slavery and is recorded in two versions. The Nyabinghi version has Sly Dunbar on percussion and was mixed by Delroy “Fatta” Pottinger at the mighty Anchor Studio.  Jah Bless with its uplifting vibe is performed by bassie Chris Meredith and drummie, Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace.  The album’s second track,  Deliver Me (The Prayer)features Computer Paul on keys and harmonica, Dean Fraser on sax and Benjy Myaz on bass to name a few of Jamaica’s all-stars present here. There are several tunes recorded in France with Broussai, the French reggae group with whom I-Taweh has toured with as well.

In the U.S., the Overload album has been very well-received at traditional reggae radio, college and syndicated programs and was selected to be part of the Direct TV cable network's menu of reggae material where several songs are in regular rotation.  There has been considerable attention at radio and TV for Overload and the song has become popular with people of all ages.

Picture My name is Ronald “Nambo” Robinson, and I am a veteran musician, vocalist, percussionist and recording artist in Jamaica.  I am recognized among my peers as one of Jamaica’s foremost trombonists.   

I have recorded with various artists such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Lauryn Hill, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, and Buju Banton. Also I performed live with Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lloyd Parks and We the People, The Tony D’Acosta Affair, The Boris Gardener Happening, Light of Saba and Mystic Revelation of Rastafari.  This vast array of experience not only made me a true expert in composing reggae music, but also exposed me to genres such as jazz, classical and rhythm  and blues.

I have recently launched a series of shows that feature young Jamaica musicians.  The purpose of this effort is to showcase these talented young musicians while celebrating the various genres of indigenous music such as Mento, Ska and Rocksteady.

I have launched solo projects with the release of four album/CDs, titled Reggae in my Bone, Nambone Ska, Nambo Sing and Play and Raw Roots Rock Reggae. Along with that, I perform regularly at studio sessions for many of the island’s contemporary artists.

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