REGGAE GEMS FROM THE HAGUE REGGAE ALL STARS!
Solid, steaming, Roots Rock Reggae from “The Hague Reggae All Stars” with love from the city of Peace, Justice and Reggae,The Hague!
Drummer STiX Reggae is the founder of this collective of Reggae heavyweights which are renowned musicians who all have earned their spurs.
After experiencing a performance of Bob Marley & The Wailers in the Houtrusthallen in The Hague, on his 16th birthday, 13 may 1977, drummer STiX knew what he wanted in life: To play Reggae music! He began as a Reggae DJ on an illegal radio station. Then STiX started drumming in The Knoflocks, soon he was invited by the charismatic singer King Size, to join his band King Size and The Walkman.
In the 80’s The Walkman have even performed with Reggae legend “Desmond Dekker” as his backing band called “The Walkman”. Desmond Dekker is known as the discoverer of Bob Marley and had one of the first world wide reggae hits with his song Israelites. The Walkman had lots of success in the club circuit and flamed at many important festivals and legendary venues. The Walkman also appeared regularly on radio and TV.
Today The Hague Reggae All Stars present a tribute project called “Reggae Corner Stones”, featuring Reggae gems which are important in the development of Reggae, gems of heroes and legends like Bob Marley, Burning Spear, The Abyssinians, Max Romeo, Yellowman, John Holt, Justin Hinds, Sly & Robbie and many others. On this project The Hague Reggae All Stars work together with a lot of friends, singers and players like Dreada Triplet, The Jericho Horns, King Size, Apache Nes One, Ronny Rootz, Heights Meditation, Super Natural Selection, Roots Unity Band, Dennis ‘Wadada’ Leyh and many others.
The first release from the “Reggae Corner Stones” project is the song “Stop That Train”. Stop That Train was made famous in a Reggae version in the 80`s by Clint Eastwood and General Saint. First it was Ska hit by The Spanishtonians, then a Rocksteady hit by Keith & Tex. In the 70’s the riddim also appeared in the mother of all reggae films: “The Harder They Come” with on the riddim a wicked toasted version called Draw Your Brakes by Scotty.
The second release from the “Reggae Corner Stones” project is a combination of two iconic Anti-War songs: “War Ina Babylon” by Max Romeo & Lee Perry, and Give Peace A Chance by John Lennon.
For this “One Love Celebration” The Hague Reggae All Stars join their forces with an army of award winning reggae musicians with roots from all over the world. Heights Meditation are the winners of the last Benelux Reggae Contest. The soulful and beautiful lady singers Dreada Triplet and lead singer Irie Ryan. Daddy Apache Nes One battling with toaster Otty Ranking. Super Natural Selection is also an upcoming, promising and very talented reggae band. Prince Naffy even had a number 1 hit song in Suriname, South America. Also Blues Icons “Nicko Christiansen” (Livin Blues Experience) and Sarah Ockhuysen (The Hellhounds) join in to Give Peace A Chance… watch out… It’s sipple out deh! There is more “War Ina Babylon” then ever before!
The third release from the “Reggae Corner Stones” project is the iconic Bob Marley song “One Love “. Sung by Dennis “Wadada” Leyh with his incredible Golden Voice. One Love refers to the universal love and respect expressed by all people for all people, regardless of race, creed, or color. Bob Marley was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. His 1977 album “Exodus” was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine and his song “One Love” was designated Song of the Millennium by the BBC.
The roof comes off with this energetic Reggae army!