MUTA BARUKA: Allan Hope (born 26 December 1952), better known as Mutabaruka, is a Jamaican Rastafari dub poet, musician, and actor. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious". He lives in Potosi District, St. James, with his spouse and their two children. Some of his themes include sexism, politics, discrimination, poverty, race, and especially religion. A not to miss feature of this year's festival.
EQUALITES: Are a staple in the pioneer valley reggae scene, the band has been performing in the region for over 25 years!
In that time the band has had many different steady members, and the current incarnation has been together for 5 years and has a sound that moves people to the dance floor and more.
THE PANGEANS: A group of seven musicians performing Latin Jazz, Samba, Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Funk and Afro-Beat. The group performs original compositions based on traditional rhythms as well as compositions by Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Herbie Hancock, Fela Kuti and others. If you like to dance and/or listen to World Music, you'll love THE PANGEANS!
LOOSE CABOOSE: Nearly 4 decades of great reggae music. They recorded their first cd in the Trenchtown section of Kingston, Jamaica. Check out the Myspace Page.
ALCHEMYSTICS:2011 finds the Alchemystics having just released a new full-length album recorded at Northfire Recording Studio and playing an expanding array of festivals, clubs, and colleges across the Northeast. Recent shows have featured the emergence of several hot new tracks — some crafted carefully before their debut, others born spontaneously in live jams. We’ve released four tracks off our new record as free downloads, you can find them here.
REBELLE: ReBelle plays all original music, sung in four different languages, English, Wolof, Creole and French. ReBelle plays Roots reggae music, and its powerhouse vocalists chant meditations on liberation while the band propels roots reggae soul. The band’s mystical mix of pulsing tribal rhythms, reggae horns, guitar and tight harmonies is internationally acclaimed.
ADDIS REVOLUTION:With a head full of dreads and sweet melodies, Addis promotes peace in his music. This self proclaimed singer, songwriter and entertainer, he has carved out his place as a top dog in representing the music of the US Virgin Islands.
DUBBEST :A single moment can change a band. It can alter their direction and sound. That’s what happened to Boston’s Dubbest when the group went into the studio in 2011 to record the single “Heat And Water” with producer Craig Welsch (10 Ft. Ganja Plant). What they learned working with him affected the entire way they approached their next album. See them at the festival.