SAVE THE DATE TORONTONIANS, because history will be made!!!

Friday August 4th inside Remix Lounge, LLOYD COXSONE ft STRANGER COLE, and special guest TASHA T

Starting the CARIBANA WEEKEND with the best of the best reggae vibes, Powered by DUB CONNECTION SOUND SYSTEM.

$25 Advance Tickets, more at the door.

Lloyd Blackford. An influential figure in the growth of the UK reggae scene, Lloyd Coxsone left his home in Morant Bay, Jamaica, and arrived in the UK in 1962, settling in south-west London and setting up his first sound system, Lloyd The Matador. This venture floundered due to inexperience and Coxsone joined the UK-based Duke Reid sound, but he eventually left in 1969, taking some of that operation’s personnel with him. He went on to form his own sound system, adopting the name of the biggest sound in Jamaica at the time, and also, pointedly, the main rival to Jamaica’s Duke Reid, Sir Coxsone. Coxsone sound soon gained a strong following that eventually led to his residency at the famous London nightclub the Roaring Twenties, in Carnaby Street. Throughout the 70s Sir Coxsone Sound’s success lay with maintaining the sound to rigorous standards, playing the most exclusive dub plates direct from Jamaica, and keeping abreast of trends within the music. Rather than specializing in one particular style, Coxsone Sound offered music for all tastes.

Coxsone, like other sound men, also expanded into the record business, licensing music from Jamaica at first, then trying his hand at his own productions using local UK artists. In 1975 he enjoyed huge success, and kickstarted the UK lovers rock phenomenon in the process, with his production of ‘Caught You In A Lie’ – originally a US soul hit by Robert Parker – featuring the vocal talents of 14-year-old south London schoolgirl Louisa Mark. That same year he issued one of the best dub albums of the era, King Of The Dub Rock, which featured dubwise versions of his own productions and those of Gussie Clarke, mixed in part at King Tubby’s. Other notable records appeared on his Tribesman and Lloyd Coxsone Outernational labels and elsewhere during the late 70s and early 80s, including Fabian’s Jack Ruby -produced ‘Prophecy’, ‘Love And Only Love’ and ‘Voice Of The Poor’ by Fred Locks. Others included ‘Stormy Night’ and ‘Homeward Bound’ by the Creation Steppers, a version of the Commodores’ ‘Easy’ by Jimmy Lindsay (many of which are available
on 12 The Hard Way) and many more. Lloyd has launch the music careers of many Jamaican and British recording artiste in the U Bob Marley,Wailers, Maxie Priest, Bitty Mclean, Janet Kay. Peter Hunnigale, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, Alto Ellis and Stranger Cole to name a few and his the person that create a platform for many hits form these artists, he was the first to start developing the Dub, Ska and Lovers Rock in the UK before it became popular on radio.
And he still enjoy touring around the world and entertaining the crowd.

Stranger Cole, also known as StrangeJah Cole, was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1945 and nicknamed “Stranger” by his family, as they considered that he didn’t resemble any member of his kin. Cole was initially successful as a songwriter, writing “In and out the Window”, which was a hit for Eric “Monty” Morris. This success gave him the chance to make his recording debut in 1962, instantly finding success with singles such as “Rough and Tough” and “When You Call My Name” (a duet with Patsy Todd) for producer Arthur “Duke” Reid. Further success followed with singles for Reid through to the mid-1960s, and he also worked with other producers at this time, including Clement “Coxsone” Dodd (a duet with Ken Boothe on “Worlds Fair”), and Prince Buster.[3] Further duets included recordings with Gladstone Anderson (on “Just Like a River”), and Hortense Ellis, the tendency to record duets apparently due to his shyness when it came to singing alone. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he recorded with several producers, including Bunny Lee, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Sonia Pottinger. These included further material with Todd as “Stranger & Patsy.” In 1971 he emigrated to England, where he toured extensively, and moved on again to Canada in 1973, settling in Toronto. He worked as a machinist in the Tonka Toy factory in Toronto and later opened the first Caribbean record shop in Toronto His first album, “Forward” in the Land of Sunshine, was released in 1976, with a handful of further albums released over the next ten years, most on his own label. In 2006, Cole released his first album in twenty years, Morning Train, a collaboration with Jah Shaka. Cole is featured in the 2009 documentary Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae, in which he and other stars of the rocksteady era reunited to record a new album of the same name, released in August 2009.

Toronto-born reggae sensation, Natasha Whyte is one of very few females to shine in such a male-dominated part of the music industry. Raised by Jamaican Rastafarian parents, Natasha’s natural talent for music was discovered and nurtured. She would then flourish into the successful Artiste we all know and love today – Tasha T.

Tasha T’s music takes us back to the very roots of her career. The diminutive reggae-roots culture singer began at a very tender age on Roadblock International Sound in Toronto, Canada as a selector. She then developed her own unique style of ‘sing-jaying’, incorporating her huge voice.

Tasha T now continues to push the boundaries, receiving unprecedented recognition as a Multi-Award winning Artiste and she continues to open doors for reggae musicians in Canada. She is the only reggae artiste to receive an invitation to perform at the “Union Summer Series”. This is only one of many ‘firsts’ regarding accomplishments in Tasha T’s career. She was also the very first woman to perform at the “Roy Thomson and Massey Hall” Summer Music Patio Series in Toronto, Canada. Not to mention her first-time being asked to headline the “Jamaican Cultural Festival” in Vancouver.

When asked about her success, Tasha T explains, “keeping it real is what I’m all about”. This is clearly reflected in her straight-from-the heart performances. No matter where she performs, she seems to engage her audience with ease. This has a lot to do with her sincerity, thought-provoking lyrics and mesmerizing stage presence.

In 2015 and 2016 Tasha T spread her wings further afield, embarking on her own UK promo tour, with live performances and radio promotions in over 20 cities. This gained her a dramatic influx of new fans, becoming one of her largest fan bases to date. In Tasha T’s own words, “I’m my own inspiration as well as my own motivator. I like to go out into the world and ‘do things for myself’. My main focus is to help others, especially children. My passion, dedication, and self-belief make it all happen”.

Not just a performer – Tasha T is also a Songwriter, Producer, Record Label owner, Artiste Consultant and Reggae Philanthropist. For the past four years, she has served as the official Musical Ambassador for the Read Across Jamaica Foundation, travelling throughout Jamaica and USA on a mission to encourage and motivate young children to read. She makes them aware of how much it can immensely benefit their lives, with her inspirational theme song “Educate Yourself”.

Internationally recognized Canadian music conductor, Boris Brott, recently invited Tasha T to be the first Reggae Artiste to narrate and perform alongside his orchestra at the Brott Music Education Concert (for children in Hamilton). Another ground breaking feat to add to the list.

Tasha T shares with us her optimistic outlook on life and all of its possibilities, while educating, motivating, inspiring and uplifting the people of the world. Her dedication to performing and projecting a strong positive message is no doubt why she has had such longevity and a continually growing fan base.

Be sure to keep up to date with everything new that Tasha T has in the pipeline by following her social media channels in the links provided!

Dub Connection Soundsystem is a 15000 watt hand-made soundsystem built in Toronto in 2012. They play heavyweight rubadub, roots reggae and dub music. Stay tuned for bass heavy dances on this system.

Toronto do not miss this chance to be in one of the best reggae jam’s of the year !!!!!!!

Everything happening at Remix Lounge !!!!
Tix in advance $25

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