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AMANDLA: Toussaint Liberator, Tuff Lion, Ras Iba, Burnie T & Yahkali
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Friday, August 16th
International Live Reggae Showcase & CD Release Celebration
9:00 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $10 advance, $15 day of show,

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Moe's Alley is thrilled to announce the return of international Reggae super-group AMANDLA featuring Toussaint Liberator, Tuff Lion, Ras Iba, Burnie T & YahKali.  Amandla will be presenting their brand new album "Power Link" and Toussaint is fresh off a smoldering sell out performance at Reggae On The River.  This incrediblly talented soul roots singer has trod the world with his rich & unique baritone voice as lead singer with Soulive outfit.  Now he is poised to re-invigorate the roots Reggae genre with Amandla!

AMANDLA -Promo Video

AMANDLA: Derived from the Zulu ‘Amandla, Awethu’- ‘Power to the People’- .Amandla is a gathering of great talents who have combined to create a vessel for like minded spirits to build a solid musical platform to support each member as a base backing band and forward the bands effort to present a dynamic live music experience. Amandla has been blazing the way for a new sound in reggae music.Toussaint Liberator, Tuff Lion, Ras Iba, Burnie T and YahKali each in their own right are accomplished singers, songwriters and musicians. Performing together they create explosive performances that leave audiences calling for more.

With a husky tenor that is the epitome of soul, and with musical influences that range from roots reggae to gospel to neosoul to hip hop, Toussaint carries a sound that is true to his nickname, “the Liberator”. Yet Toussaint remains firmly grounded by his foundational pillars of soul and roots. As a “soul roots” singer unlike any other, and with an epic debut album on tap, Toussaint is poised to break new ground worldwide.
Toussaint began his musical journey in the church. The son of a Baptist preacher and a gospel singer, Toussaint spent the majority of his youth singing in various churches in Indiana. Following a relocation to Boston in 2001, he began to sing with a wide range of groups where he learned to jump easily from the blues, to old-school R&B, to funk, to reggae.
In 2006, Soulive invited him to join the band as their lead singer. Toussaint penned all of the lyrics for the acclaimed group’s album, No Place Like Soul, released on the newly revived Stax label. Touring the world, Toussaint was able to share the stage with renowned artists such as Isaac Hayes, the Rolling Stones, John Legend and the Dave Matthews Band.
2010 finds Toussaint poised for another swell in the storyline of his career. Connecting with St. Croix-based I Grade Records – the label behind several notable reggae releases by Midnite, Dezarie, NiyoRah & others – Toussaint has recorded an epic album of original soul-drenched, genre-defying roots music: Black Gold. Slated for a Summer 2010 release, the album’s first single, “Be You”, is already ringing through the airwaves worldwide, with a video filmed on location in St. Croix

Tuff Lion's musical voices have been heard the world over with appearances on many of the popular releases that have been played consistently within the reggae industries “top ten” internet broadcasts.

As a major contributor to the roots renaissance movement coming from the U.S. Virgin Islands, he has recorded extensively with artists on both Mt. Nebo Records and the I-Grade Records labels.

The works of this “passionate” musician are broad and include solid performances on a variety of instruments, as well as songwriting and production. Excellent backing vocals also appear. His lead guitar work is stunning!
Many fans of the music were blessed to see and hear Tuff Lion perform live while on recent National and International tours with Bambu Station and the RED I band. Japan, Europe, North America, Israel, Canada, Mexico and the Hawaiian Isles are the physical places Tuff Lion has visited as a touring musician supporting many reggae artists.

The time has come for this Lion to roar out chants and verses with his voice, fully in front and equally in command of this instrument. With his “latter day” debut CD “Utterance”, Tuff Lion expands the range of his territory, consummately presenting the total versatility of a true artist with a vision. Produced and recorded by Tuff Lion, this seminal work features his full musical scope and combined talents working together to create a live musical masterpiece. No machines or programmed sequences here. Tuff Lion performs most of the CD himself, crediting his influences as guides and has been ably assisted with “guest” musicians.

The CD will be independently released in a variety of formants for purchase. A “Dub” version of the CD by engineer Jim Fox of Lion & Fox renown will be available as well.

Within the reggae music underground scene, Tuff Lion is a highly respected veteran with a reputation for putting forth a full effort into all that he has been blessed to do. Those already familiar with his history of works will delight in having a comprehensive inlet to this now “legendary” artist.

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