news
LUCIA MENEZES
Conheça aqui "Lucinha", novo CD de LUCIA MENEZES ...

WAYNE STODDART
Inspirational Reggae Artist: WAYNE STODDART (Hot New Single!)Three Cs speaks to decisions and their consequences ...

ELLE B
Happy to announce that Elle B is now on xradiostage.com.Check out her fantastic songs!!! ...

REIGNDEAR
new single "Royalties" on xradiostage.com ! What a great song! ...

JOHN CAMPFIELD
check out his brand new 2 songs "givin me love" & "you're not the same" ...

FACEBOOK
xradiostage.com is now on facebook! ...

ELISETE
"YAM" Check out her brand new song! ...

YESHE
Yeshe just won # 1 @ 16th BILLBOARD World Song Contest in the "World" category..... ...

WILLIAM WHITE
A firm believer in the power of music is on xradiostage.com ...

PETER FINC
"check out this talented artist" album is available on itunes ...

ZONE
New album "Gimali" is now available on itunes ...

IRIDIUM PROJECT
"Great electronic/dance music from South Africa" ...

GENE KASIDIT
Electronic music from Thailand - Gene Kasidit left the band "Futon" and is going solo.... ...

REPPLICA
One of the best Brazilian rock bands is on xradiostage.com ...

NICOLE PATRICK
USA - Nashville's new star. - "What a beautiful voice"! ...

BLUE FREDRIK
The youngest xradiostage.com member on air! Check out this great Norweigan artist! ...

CHARLOTTE WILTSHIRE
"this is real soul music!"- xradiostage.com ...

LUAN PARLE
"Meteor best Irish female artist 2007" ...

ATHAS
1st Celtic Band on xradiostage.com ...

JAMES SPAULDING
"what a great Jazz artist!" - xradiostage.com ...


>> more news
login     
next member

pato banton


Depending on your point of view, Pato Banton's career either started or ended with a bullet. It was fired in 2000. Banton, a two-decade reggae institution around the world, was on tour at the time. He had spent the better part of the year as a spokesperson for the World of Music, Art and Dance (WOMAD) organization, the Peter Gabriel-inspired cultural group that works around the globe with the underprivileged. He'd done time in Mafia-riddled Sicily. He'd held workshops with various tribes in South Africa. Even met with Aboriginal leaders in Australia. He was doing good work, feeling like he was making the world a better place for people. And then came the bullet -- from several thousand miles away. His son was shot in a drive-by back in Banton's native Birmingham, England. Banton was crushed. "It made me feel like I was working with kids all over the world but I was an alien in my own community," he says. "I wanted to change that. I had to change that." So he did. He may have spent 20 years in the music business, slowly morphing from a local DJ in Birmingham to a side member of the English Beat to a full-blown reggae phenom -- scoring international hits with tracks like the dance-infused "Baby Come Back" or the quirky "Don't Sniff Coke" -- but that didn't mean anything to the kids on the street. Banton had to be right next to them to have an impact, and he knew it. He gave up touring, gave up his music career for a new one. He went back to school, became a kindergarten teacher. He set up music programs at several colleges, built summer vocal camps and started the Music Technology School in Birmingham. He reached out to troubled kids and helped them develop their skills. He let them work in his studio. He set up nonprofits. He became a new kind of phenom. While his records were still scoring hits, and his last studio album, Life is a Miracle, was getting Grammy attention, he was focused on anything but his own music. And that was perfect. "We helped a lot of kids," he says with pride in his voice. "Once I decided to take time off and really try to make an impact in my own community, things really took off. I feel very proud of the last six or seven years." But pride doesn't always cure the itch. Banton had felt it for a few years. He wanted to get back on stage -- but not because he was worried about his music career. Banton's never been one to fret over success. His only worry was that he was ready to make a comeback, but the rest of the world didn't care. "I thought I was going to have to start from the ground up, build an audience again," he says. "But the first tour I did earlier this year [was] entirely sold out. There was a new generation singing my songs. It was just a mystery to me." To the rest of the world, though, it was pretty simple. While Banton had been away, he'd become a legend. His music was handed down from parents to children. His albums had become standards in the reggae world. His live shows were hailed as astonishing. Even the occasional appearance on the soundtracks of movies like the surfing documentary Step Into Liquid didn't hurt, introducing Banton to entirely new crowds. He'd crossed over, and the only reason he could think of was the same one that got him interested in reggae in the first place. "When I was growing up, my stepfather was a DJ in Birmingham," Banton explains. "From the age of eight I was seeing reggae evolve from rock steady to dancehall to roots reggae, and being a first-generation black youth in England dealing with racism and feeling alienated in my own country, reggae really spoke to me. It talked about slavery and Africa and injustice and feeling alienated. It spoke to who I was and how I felt, and it helped me understand what I needed to do to be happy. "Now I hear a lot of kids say that their parents used my music as a grounding thing for their children. The music became part of their life, and that's just amazing to me. Because I felt I got so much out of reggae I had to give some back. Now it's having the same impact. There's no way to describe that feeling."

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

 
official website
 
country:
United Kingdom
 
genre:
Reggae
 
 
send link to my friends
 

munir hossn    opb    max magnum    marcus caffé    supertrain    harem    gerardo cabrera    papa lou    wolf ratz    african child & the prophet unification    ycb    archie hughes    jimmy plight    reigndear    rudie classic    ariana jane    zerocalibre    paul mc glue    mystic bowie    aurielle sciorilli    esquizofrenia    charlie jeferson    crossroads bluesrock    keni l    fahrenheit    yeshe    frantic    kynetic 4ce    décio gorini    betyárbanda    dedé costa    natxopfler    dollartino    blaise blaise    dj eddie ed    inhor    cindy mendes    alex campanha    pedro fernando    brecik.    sabrina rabello    os coroas cirandeiros    stockholm stoner    the rainpals    marwood    clear sky ensemble    claudio lyra    ceili moss    laura joy    joao callaça    mia, the chocolate princess    the black summer crush    paata charashvili    mischapex    killa kid    licanttropo    laudy lapropagand'    the loops    emanuel    illusions factory    enbound    clifford bryan    setjhaba mokeki    enrico de paoli - incrivel mundo    josane peer    hella donna    liatris    lionel sumithram    artepinomo+fish    april 71    tilibop    a wolf in yon abbey    john maurice restrepo    bettman    djalma chaves    marcos neves    yunique    davis coen    glaucia nasser    www.yorisdaniel.at    mashach    mavy    adriano santhana    sabiah    alice no país das armadilhas    art yenta    ivan mihaljevic    panacea    heimfahrt    badcoma    joint state    9 red sun    radikalez - rogério camargo    grillz of tha e-tardz    flourish    meli    instrumental@3d215    !lia    expresso 4.11    auriol hays    eddy fury    hukine    kingston 11 productions    paulo de tarso    periafricania    amy vee & the virtues    félix díaz    hullangó    gypsy piano blues    luigi ruberti project    prettyboy    sus4    role distance    the bowmans
© all rights reserved. ,