Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Actor Born in Kingston Jamaica, the reggae capital of the World, Tony is recognized as a talented composer, producer, arranger, guitarist, vocalist, percussionist, and actor. Powered by his Rastafarian faith, Tony relocated to Canada in 1975 touring with the internationally known Ernie Smith and his band Roots Revival as vocalist and percussionist. Tony later became one of the founding members of the Reggae group "BLOOD FIRE" which performed at Reggae Sun splash in Jamaica in 1982. While in the group "BLOOD FIRE" Tony performed with and opened for some of the World's most famous reggae artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Third World, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, The Mighty Diamonds, and JC Lodge to name only a few. Over the years, Tony has recorded several solo CD’s. His latest project is the acclaimed “Long Journey”, recorded in Orlando, Florida with some of Central Florida’s premier musicians. We believe this is his finest work yet. The CD is currently available via Digital Download only at cdbaby.com, Apple I-Tunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Emusic and all other quality Digital marketplaces. There is no doubt this talented, versatile artist with his unique style and sensibility will have a major impact around the globe in the near future.
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On the fourth of July some years ago I was working a gig in the Clearwater Florida area when someone in the audience suggested to the manager of the venue that I auditioned for a part in a movie which was scheduled to begin shooting in the Tampa bay area. He gave me the information and encouraged me to go for a screen test. I had never been in a movie before and had nothing to lose. When I got there to my surprise there was about fifty other movie hopefuls trying to get this part, I wanted ...Duration: 01:07
On the fourth of July some years ago I was working a gig in the Clearwater Florida area when someone in the audience suggested to the manager of the venue that I auditioned for a part in a movie which was scheduled to begin shooting in the Tampa bay area. He gave me the information and encouraged me to go for a screen test. I had never been in a movie before and had nothing to lose. When I got there to my surprise there was about fifty other movie hopefuls trying to get this part, I wanted ...Duration: 00:47
I was born and raised in Kingston Jamaica. We lived five minutes away from "Studio One", the first Recording Studio ever operated in Jamaica. My sister and I had to walk past this studio twice a day on our way to and from school. We would have to take the bus from Cross Roads to Half-Way-Tree. On our daily journey we would notice a long line of musicians and singers hoping to be noticed and perhaps get their "big break". There were all sorts of people hanging around, some were legitimate others were only looking for an easy victim to rob.
One day, while on our usual trip past "Studio One", I felt a hard, sharp implement pushing into my side, I was to be the next victim, the object was a knife and the holder was after my lunch money. This was not a rare occurrence; we were frequently parted from our money.
Imagine not having any money to get on the bus and having to walk to and from school. Also imagine being at school all day with nothing to eat or drink because some criminal took your money. On one occasion we even got punished by my mother because we got home late as we had to walk home. Later on in life I realized that these people were poor and probably hungry. The phrase "starving artist" comes to mind, they would stand in the hot Jamaican sun with no food or water, waiting to get their chance at the big life. That who were noticed would sell their song to Studio One for ten pounds, and even if that song became a hit record that was all they got! As time went on I became well known among the artists and the people at Studio One, this spared me from further robberies and I was allowed to walk in peace.
Studio one was owned by the Coxsone, family and Mother Coxsone, soon noticed me. She would give me "test pressings" which were warped and of no use to them. I would Hurry home to play them. This was the beginning of my love for and fascination with Music and the music business. After twenty six years in the music business I am able to Understand the hardships these artists faced. It was even more difficult for these pioneers as there were no other studios to go to. They had no choice but to stand and wait for whatever price was offered for their work.
The ORIGINAL WAILERS, Techno Dread, the Resolvers
By Keys Weekly | May 15, 2010 | Features |
In 1999, TIME Magazine called The Wailers “Exodus” album “The Album of The Century.” Now, some 29 years since Bob Marley’s untimely death in May 1981, The Original Wailers are still carrying the torch that Bob ignited so many years ago. They have just finished a tour that took them throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand where they proved that they remain as kings of the Reggae world.
The Original Wailers will headline the “ONE LOVE FESTIVAL” in Key West, Saturday, May 22 at Truman Annex Waterfront. The festival will feature three great bands and is presented by The Rotary Club of Key West, who are raising funds specifically for their College Scholarship Fund.
THE ORIGINAL WAILERS: Featuring Bob’s former sidemen Junior Marvin and Al Anderson, as they front an 8-piece band, complete with female back-up singers just like Bob’s band had. They are always a great live show as they play all of the great Wailers songs with a true passion and their “fire in the belly” intensity. Al Anderson’s guitar brings an extra kick of rock rarely heard in Reggae, and don’t be surprised if the Marley songs sound even better now, this band is at the top of their game.
TECHNO DREAD: Will premiere their new songs from their new album “Long Journey” for the first time live. Techno Dread are bringing some seasoned pros with them specifically for this premiere in Key West including band members who’ve played in Burning Spear, Rita Marley, Culture and Third World band. With an all-star line-up like that, and renowned front-man like Tony Gits, this is a unique opportunity to see them.
THE RESOLVERS: Are an all original Reggae-Pop band from West Palm Beach. Their catchy tunes and well crafted playing has made them a fan favorite throughout much of Florida. Keep an eye out for their reggae remake of Pink Floyd’s “Breathe” • it’s very cool.
Advance Tickets: Are $22, and available now at KeysTix.com 295-7676, Stick & Stein and Neptune Designs. Tickets at the gate are $30. Keytix.com will have a limited number of VIP for $49. Gates open at 6:00pm. Parking is Free. Concert fans can bring blankets or folding chairs, but Coolers are not permitted. The festival will have a variety of food vendors, as well as Beer and drinks. For more Info: 305-296-6253 or http://www.Keystix.com