Monday, July 29
Doors: 6:30 PM
Showtime: 7:30 PM
$31.00 - $51.00 ($28.00 - $48.00 Concert Member)*
Toots is one of the true architects of reggae – so much so that “Do the Reggay,” a 1968 single by Toots and his group, the Maytals, is credited with giving the genre its name. Classic songs written and recorded by Toots and the Maytals have been covered by the likes of the Clash and the Specials, and the group was featured in reggae’s greatest breakthrough event – “The Harder They Come,” the 1972 film that became an international sensation.
The all-star guests on TRUE LOVE range from legends like Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Bonnie Raitt to younger stars including No Doubt, the Roots, and Phish’s Trey Anastasio. The caliber of these collaborators reveals the impact that Toots has had on several generations of rockers and rappers, while appearances from reggae icons Bunny Wailer and Marcia Griffiths show the respect granted to the man who might be the music’s greatest living vocalist. At the heart of it all is that voice – drenched in soul, rooted in gospel, and still breathtakingly powerful after almost four decades in the spotlight.
About Selasee & The Fafa Family:
Born in Accra, Ghana, Selasee grew up exposed to the colorful and energetic sounds of Highlife Music. With this exposure Selasee created his own style—a unique blend of Reggae, West African Highlife and American Pop music. Threading together English and West African lyrics for a bright and captivating sound.
Growing up in Accra, he realized his passion for music and gained a good understanding on music’s effect on people. Performing at school, church and being around his elders, selasee-bwSelasee developed and cultivated his musical talents.
In 2001, Selasee immigrated to the US where he continued to aspire on his solo career. During this time, Selasee signed on with Running Dreams Records under management with Sean Cassidy. In 2005, Selasee recorded his debut album “Run” on Running Dreams Records. That same year the title track “Run” won first place in the World Music genre of the International Song Writers Competition. The Tracks “Run” and “Makuma” were also featured in the 2006 FIFA Soccer and 2007 Cricket video games by EA Sports.
In 2006, Selasee performed at MIDEM 06’ in Nice, France and MUSEXPO 06’ in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he was honored by The Independent Music Awards winning the “Best World Fusion Song” award for his song “Agba Yei”. In 2010, Selasee recorded and released his second album named “African Gate” on Black Eye Watching Label.
In 2014, Selasee embarked on a new album produced by the legendary Aston “Family Man” Barrett of Bob Marley & The Wailers—Bob Marley’s Music Director. This album also included a special appearance by Anthony B, one of the hardest working Reggae musicians on stage today. The album was released in the early part of 2015. Here is a link to a review of the latest album: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/time-for-peace-selasee-and-the-fafa-family-self-produced-review-by-james-nadal.php
On the touring circuit, Selasee has shared the stage with reggae legends including Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Third World, The Mighty Diamonds, Don Carlos, Barrington Levy, King Yellowman, The Melodians… other big names include Anthony B.,Taurus Riley Beenie Man,Black Uhuru and Julian Marley among others….
In his own words — “Humility is power!”
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