Israel Vibration + Pure Roots at The Independent

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM


Israel Vibration

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Mention the name Israel Vibration in reggae music circles and watch the warmth of recognition and appreciation of anyone who has seen or heard this very special group of singers. The positive vibrations emanating from the music of Israel Vibration have been spellbinding audiences, critics and DJs for over two decades. This group of singers casts a harmonious musical spell, weaving traditional roots reggae with a mesmerizing sound and deeply spiritual message.

Israel Vibration members Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) were born in Jamaica, West Indies. Each is a victim of Poliomyelitis (Polio). They met as children in the Mona Rehabilitation Center, into which they were placed because of their families’ limited resources and their needs for specialized medical care. They learned early on the necessity for developing survival skills, and although polio is an undeniably crippling and debilitating disease, the youths never let their physically challenging situation supercede their willpower and their creative abilities. They found strength in the faith of Rastafari through the guidance of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, and began composing and singing songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs.

Pure Roots

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Pure Roots produces authentic reggae music, capturing a spiritual sound, emphasizing strong melodies and heavenly harmonies. Pure Roots' talent reaches into the modern age, with accomplished artist Andrew "Blood" Reid (Son of Junior Reid) and with Jeff Allgrove inside the control booth. It's Roots Reggae music that's being pushed to new limits.

Rising out of Santa Cruz, California, USA, Pure Roots formed in early 2007, with members from the Emmanuel Selassie band, and in the the studio with Junior "One Blood" Reid. They released their first single "Jah The Highest" and the dub remix "Jah The Dubbest" in January 2012, featuring Junior Reid and Briana Kai, recorded and produced by Right Vibes Productions with Jeff Allgrove in the ESI Sound Studio with JR Records.

In April 2012 Andrew Reid & the Pure Roots band completed a 7 city tour with Daniel "Bambaata" Marley. In 2012 Pure Roots performed at The 17th Annual Monterey Bay Reggae Festival with all instrumentals in a 8 piece band featuring a 3 piece horn section. Pure Roots is currently in the studio working on the album "Youth Rising," featuring Andrew and his brother Wada and their father Junior Reid, the album is expected to be released internationally in 2012.

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