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Big Tunes Music and George Mack Productions present

Live & direct from Kingston, Jamaica and on his first ever Australian tour, Anthony B delivers conscious roots music and slammin’ dancehall in an amazing, high-energy live performance!

‘The Trendsetter’ Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about reggae music

In his mission to represent the poor and oppressed he uses sharp lyrics to confront political injustices and brings the issues of the people to the forefront. Inspired by Otis Redding and Peter Tosh, he has toured extensively in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Asia and has collaborated with countless reggae legends like Sizzla and Luciano as well as some of the biggest names in the music business - Akon, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly, and Toots & The Maytals

Draped in the rich colours of African cloth, his trademark staff in hand, and his dreadlocks wrapped regally on his head, Anthony B embodies all that it is spiritual and proactive about Reggae music. This artiste has been steadfast in his mission to represent the poor and oppressed, using sharp lyrics to confront political injustices and bring the issues of the people to the forefront. In the process, he has raised the quality of performance standards and lyrical content for the industry, through the release of 13 albums, over 1000 singles and appearances on over 100 albums in the last 14 years

Anthony B's musical journey started in the church, back when he was still called Keith Anthony Blair in Clark's Town, Trelawney. In this part of rural Jamaica, Anthony B was immersed in the thunderous chants and rhythms of Revivalism and the Seventh Day Adventist church where he honed his soon-to-be signature vocals. In his formative years, the artiste also cleaved to the music of Otis Redding and the incomparable Peter Tosh

In 1992, Anthony B left his home-town and set out to make his fateful mark on Kingston's music scene. He rebuked the trend of girl and gun lyrics popular at that time and remained faithful to words of spiritual consciousness and social conviction. He started working with singer Little Devon, who introduced him to Richard "Bell" Bello, of Star Trail Records, producer for Garnet Silk and Everton Blender. Bell saw the talent of the youngster and shared his commitment to conscious music. The partnership produced a slew of records and releases, such as "Repentance time", "Fire pon Rome", "One Thing", "A De Man", "Rumour" and "Raid di Barn". Anthony B followed up with critically acclaimed albums such as " Real Revolutionary", "Universal Struggle", "7 Seals", "Black Star" and "Untouchable". He also struck out on his own to start his own label, Born Fire Records in 2002. He produced 3 albums independently; Street Knowledge, That's Life and Life Over Death. In addition he released two collaboration albums "Too Strong" with Sizzla and "Three Wise Men" with Sizzla and Luciano

Anthony B's lyrical genius and his captivating, energetic performance style have caused him to be heavily requested for performances in the Caribbean, North America, Europe and Africa. Anthony B personally rates his performance in 1999 at the Montrose Jazz Festival as a monumental event in his career. In 2003 and 2004, he was given a King's welcome in Gambia and Senegal. In 2004, he sold out shows in Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, France, Italy and Germany; closing for such greats as Israel Vibration and Burning Spear. He also opened up new regions for reggae music through his performances in New Delhi, India, Czech Republic, Iceland, Argentina, Venezuela and on France's Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean

Anthony B's rich vocals and audacious lyrics carry a depth and substance which is rare in the industry. Internationally, his fan-base has grown because he speaks about the universal concerns of suffering and salvation. "The greatest thing about reggae music is that it's about concepts and ideas," says the artiste, "you are speaking to people on issues they live and can relate to."

Thursday 10th September
Transcontinental Hotel, 482 George Street, Brisbane City – Opposite Roma Street train station. Tel: (07) 3236 1366
Tickets $38 + bf - more @ the door. 9pm
Big Tunes Music / touring at bigtunesmusic dot com dot au
Tickets from Ticketek and Moshtix

More info here

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Supported by:
Ras George (Zimbabwe)
Rhythm Collision Sound
Champion Sound
Elephant Wise
DJ Sloane (Zimbabwe)

Support this show Brisbane, South East Queensland and Northern NSW people !
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