From the well known group, Michigan & Smiley - Now a solo artiste, Papa Michigan continues to write record and perform groundbreaking material.
Ikaya – ‘the wind of the soul’ - Jamaican Reggae/Dancehall/R&B Songstress & Song-Writer – born in Kingston, Jamaica on February 5, started singing from an early age. A former student of the Wolmer’s High School for Girls , Kadian Blair (birth name), has always been involved in the performing arts and years later has now pursued a successful musical career both locally and internationally.
RC [RIGHTEOUS CHILD During his school years at Gimmie-me Bit Primary and Kemps Hill High School, RC never showed his talent because he was extremely shy. In 2002 at the age of 17 he decided that since he was getting older he had to be brave and hence overcome the shyness. He teamed up with deejay friend Brasco, which resulted in them collaborating. This however came to a premature end in 2003 when Brasco migrated. RC decided that he will have to bounce back and trod the road alone. He started by performing in his community.
iAm Jones is truly an artist in the essence of its meaning. He is more than a vocalist, a dancer and poet. He is the beginning of a new generation of solo artist that hip hop and neo-soul is missing today. A writer of all original music and lyrics, iAm stands out from the rest in the industry. Musically, lyrically, and vocally there is no artist that IAm can be directly compared to and with musical influences such as Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Kirk Franklin, John Legend, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Mos Def. iAm Jones has a truly unique blend of music that is proving itself in the ability to reach out to a very diverse audience. His musical versatility is just one of the major aspects that sets this artist apart from all others. “You should use all the talents God gave you. Stay passionate, be humble and, go get what you want.” says the artist.
The Mighty 602 Band became known from an Arizona city area code in 1997 after the release of our first cd "Original Landlord". The group has been a main stay in the underground music scene since then with the "Word, Sound and Power" that their music brings to humanity.
PAO-Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
Music was invented/discovered. About 60000 years passed and these Nigerian geniuses Fela and Tony came to LA and fell in love with Black American Music, so they fused it with High Life and Yoruba rhythms to create Afrobeat. The better part of 50 years later, a bunch of Phoenicians began playing Afrobeat. A little after that, you started listening. Then you started dancing. What happens next?
"If there is ultimately some kind of peaceful transition to more generous forms of social organization, music--and improvised music in particular--will play an important role in this process, as it has done in the past." --Frederic Rzewski
The 3 NOBLE TRUTHS OF PAO are: .Create .Collaborate .Celebrate
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If you are interested in performing at the Festival, please contact MG at 480-241-3602