ITS FESTIVAL TYME AGAIN: IRIE VIBEZ AND LIONPEOPLE SOUND PROUD TO PRESENT: JAHCOUSTIX,BLACK DILLINGER AND KEISHERA JAMES LIVE ON STAGE BACKED BY BOOMBRUSH BAND....
Als Sohn eines deutschen Diplomaten lebte er in Mexiko, Liberia, New York, Kenia und Ägypten, bis er 1998 nach München zog und dort zunächst mit Freunden eine Mischung aus Reggae und Jazz spielte.
Nach Auflösung des Projektes stieg er zunächst bei den Bands Headcornerstone und Dubious Neighbourhood als Backgroundsänger ein. Seit 2001 ist er der Sänger von Dubious Neighbourhood und spielt seine eigenen Songs mit dieser Band. In den Jahren 2003/2004 war Jahcoustix mit Mellow Mark und Patrice auf Tour und veröffentlichte 2003 sein erstes Soloalbum Colourblind. Im März 2009 löste sich Jahcoustixs Band Dubious Neighbourhood auf. Jahcoustix selber arbeitet jetzt wieder an einem Soloalbum.
Bei folgenden Künstlern traten er oder seine Bands als Vorgruppe auf: UB40, Israel Vibration, Toots & the Maytals, Gregory Isaacs, Culture, U-Roy, Macka B, Capleton, India.Arie, Gentleman, Söhne Mannheims, Patrice, Mellow Mark, Abyssinians, Martin Jondo, Jamaram
Nkululeko Madolo aka BLACK DILLINGER, was born in a township called Guguletu, in the rough ghettoes of Capetown, South Africa. As child, BLACK DILLINGER grew up in the midst of black resistance in South Africa, culminating in the release of Nelson Mandela and the abolishment of the Apartheid system. As a youngster, this tradition of resistance also inspired his love for music and soon he began to make himself a name among a powerful new generation of reggae artist in the townships. In 2004, BLACK DILLINGER’s talent was recognized for the first time internationally, when a song called BIG TROUBLE was featured in the renowned German Riddim Magazine. Soon, the young Rastafarian was invited to play his first gig in Europe It took just one performance at Berlin’s famous Yaam Club to convince Ganjaman, top-producer at the German Reggae label MKZWO, of the enormous potential of the young African. BLACK DILLINGER decided to extend his stay, the two became friends, and soon he began to record his debut album. In April 2007, his first album LIVE AND LEARN was released, including features with successful reggae artist like Vido Jelashe (SA), Rebellion the Recaller (GA) and Jah Meek (JA). In the meantime, the upcoming reggae star had managed to establish himself firmly in the European Reggae scene. He has since been touring constantly all over the continent and has been invited to play on Europe’s biggest reggae festivals, like the Summer Jam or the Chiemsee Reggae Festival. He has also impressed his fans with video productions in Jamaica and a number of successful single releases, most notably his anti-Bush anthem AMERICA (GANGSTALAW riddim) and the love-ballade IT’S ALRIGHT (GROW WITH ME riddim). BLACK DILLINGER’s upcoming, second album LOVE LIFE is a powerful testimony to the South African’s musical and spiritual journey through countries and continents. Recorded over two years at Berlin-based IMmusic studios, the collection is rich of inspiring musical encounters with other African, Caribbean and European artists, such as Mark Wonder, Terror Fabulous, Rebellion the Recaller, or Cali P. Traversing shades of black music from Roots to Dancehall and from R’n’B to Soca, every song is still marked by the unique, innovative style and hallmark voice the reggae star from Capetown. The singer, already called by some ‘South-Africa’s Sizzla’, switches effortlessly between velvety soft melodies and rough, rapid-fire flows. Co-operations with a couple of Jamaica’s most-renowned producers such as Bobby Digital or Syl Gordon (Cellblock) round off the skillfully arranged riddims by the German producer duo, which give Black Dillinger the room to develop his exceptional talents to their full potential. A wonderful, mature album that affirms the South African’s claim to his country’s throne of reggae music, left empty since the tragic demise of superstar Lucky Dube. BLACK DILLINGER - certainly one of the most promising new voices in international reggae music!
"I Used to be afraid of my voice" says singer, songwriter Keishera. The raspy alto grew up listening to singers like Whitney Houston, and sometimes felt insecure about her own voice. However, after being exposed to Tina Turner, Tracy Chapman and Anita Baker, she was inspired and even more determined to share her passion and voice with the world.
Keishera does not sound like your average pop diva, and that may be the reason behind the praises she’s been getting from fans and fellow artists; or it could be that she has an amazing presence – partly due to her voluptuous, 5feet 11inch frame and perfect cheekbones as well as a fun, down-to-earth, anything-goes personality. When international reggae star Shaggy first heard Keishera sing at his recording studio in Jamaica, he was drawn in by her melodious voice. He later collaborated with the Jamaican born songstress on the hit single "Feels Right".
Keishera James grew up in St. Catherine, Jamaica. At age eleven, she migrated to Brooklyn, New York with her single mother. She attended Cunningham Junior High and Canarsie High School. Keishera and her mother struggled through a strained relationship, leading the rebellious 16-year-old to move out and live on her own. While still in high school, Keishera worked as a waitress and model to make ends meet. She made appearances in Essence magazine, Heart and Soul magazine, numerous runway shows and an ad for IMAN cosmetics.
Despite the heartaches and setbacks, Keishera graduated from high school and began to put herself through college. During her freshman year at New York Technical College, Keishera's gift of songwriting began to emerge. "Initially when was living on my own, "I didn't have a radio…or a television," she recalls. "I was just renting a room somewhere, feeling down about my life, but I found comfort in writing down my feelings and experiences, which turned into songs.”
Hard-times and financial difficulties forced the teenager to drop out of college, but she held on to dreams of sharing her voice with the world. Keishera landed a few local singing gigs including a brief stint with the New York-based band, Burnt Sugar – founded by Village Voice journalist Greg Tate. Subsequent run-ins with legendary icons Maya Angelou and Patti Labelle, who both encouraged Keishera to stay focused on her dream, further convinced the rising talent that she was on the right path. In 2000, Keishera under the management of David Passick, who was behind the careers of Maxwell and Herppie Handcock, formed her own band and performed at venues like CB's Gallery, Joe's Pub and S.O.B's. The band separated the following year, and Keishera moved on to Paris and London where she recorded songs and practiced different musical styles. She then returned to her roots in Jamaica and began writing and releasing a series of independent singles. She recorded the acoustic tune "So Good" with producer Mr. G aka "Goofy." The song was played across the Caribbean as well as on european radio stations. Shortly afterward, Keishera met Shaggy through a mutual friend. The meeting led to the creation of the Klymaxx rhythm-based "Feels Right," which was an instant hit in Jamaica and Europe in 2005. "Feels Right" was followed by the single "Cry No More," an anti-domestic abuse tribute which she wrote, and produced with Jamaican hit maker Christopher Birch.
Keishera as since return to New York City College of Technology, and acquired a degree in Market Management and Sales in 2009. 2010 she enrolled at Baruch college, where she is currently pursuing her BA in Entrainment media and communication, while still hard at work on her debut album. And while this star-in-the-making hopes to open minds with her unique vocals and Rock-soul fusion, ultimately, she just wants to make good music. "I'm most happy when I'm singing," she smiles. "I can't think of anything else I'd rather do. I really have something to say to people through song. This is a calling."