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SLY AND ROBBIE AND THE TAXI GANG – NORTH AMERICA TOUR- SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2011

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The legendary Sly and Robbie and The Taxi Gang are touring North America again in September / October 2011. Their group consists of top cream of the crop studio musicians who produced many of the great hit reggae rhythm tracks over the years. On stage, the taxi Gang is big and bold, working the stage with ease and exceptional talent. They toured Europe in the summer of 2010 and they are slated to tour Europe again in July/ August 2011. In June 2010 they were top artists on Reggae in the Desert, in Las Vegas and in August 2010 they headlined the Monterey Bay Reggaefest. They performed on the Raggamuffins, Bob Marley Day Festival arena shows in Long Beach and San Diego CA in February, and they also headlined the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and the Earthdance festival in Northern CA.

In the summer of 2008 they toured all over North America doing stadium shows opening for Slightly Stupid. The summer of 2007, Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang and Cherine Anderson had a very successful western US and western and eastern Canada tour. August 5th they were top billing on the 2007 Reggae Rising (formerly Reggae on the River), and August 12th they played the Hollywood Bowl KCRW World Festival. Since then they have performed on the Hollywood Bowl festival every year.

Sly and Robbie, affectionately known as the Riddim Twins, are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry, Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70's and early 80's. Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era. Their stellar playing and production work have also graced albums for a host of international artists including, among many, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Michael Franti, Sinead O'Connor, The Rolling Stones, and countless others. For more information on Sly and Robbie, their website is www.officialslyandrobbie.com

The legendary Sly and Robbie and The Taxi Gang and the ‘Princess of Dancehall Soul’, Cherine Anderson, are available on tour August 2008. They are touring with Slightly Stoopid and Pepper, and are also doing shows on their own. This is a conscious, roots-oriented tour package featuring the cream of the crop foundation musicians of the reggae genre. Queen Ifrica, Cherine Anderson and The Taxi Gang were recently billed on the Raggamuffin, Bob Marley Day Festival arena shows in Long Beach and San Diego CA, where they were a highlight on the shows. Last summer, Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang and Cherine Anderson had a very successful western US and western and eastern Canada tour. August 5th they were top billing on the 2007 Reggae Rising (formerly Reggae on the River), and August 12th they played the Hollywood Bowl KCRW World Festival.

Sly and Robbie, affectionately known as the Riddim Twins, are perhaps the premiere architects of the modern sound of Jamaican music. Building on the cornerstones of Studio 1 and other early pioneers of the Jamaican recording industry, Sly and Robbie became the driving force behind the fabled Channel 1 sound that dominated reggae throughout the late 70's and early 80's. Subsequent work, most notably with Peter Tosh and Black Uhuru, set the pace for the changing sound of reggae in the post-Bob Marley era. Their stellar playing and production work have also graced albums for a host of international artists including, among many, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, UB40’s Ali Campbell, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Michael Franti, Sinead O'Connor, The Rolling Stones, and countless others. For more information on Sly and Robbie, their website is www.officialslyandrobbie.com

Cherine Anderson was featured on last summer’s North America, Canada Sly and Robbie and The Taxi Gang tour. She is currently a fast rising singer, songwriter and actress, who starred in two of Jamaica’s most successful films – Dancehall Queen (1997) and One Love (2003). Lately she has been focusing on building her music catalogue and perfecting her sound, writing and collaborating with industry giants such as Sly and Robbie, David Norland (Madonna, Janet Jackson and Dallas Austin), Jeeky Man (Lil Kim), Lenky (Sean Paul), and Christopher Birch (Shaggy). This new star has seen great fan and chart response to her first three singles - “Good Love”, “Coming Over Tonight” and “Kingston State of Mind” - with “Coming Over Tonight” holding the number one spot on the Jamaican charts for several weeks. Cherine possesses talent, beauty and class. She too represents the conscious side of the music, expressing the female perspective in reggae and dancehall music. For more information, read her bio and check her my space at www.myspace.com/cherineanderson. She performed on Reggae on the River and Reggae Rising the last two years in a row and is currently in demand in Japan and worldwide.


BIOGRAPHY: SLY AND ROBBIE

Working first as part of the Aggrovators for Bunny Lee, this pair has become the backbone of reggae. Along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, they would be on the Mount Rushmore of reggae. Sly & Robbie are Jamaica's most prolific drum and bass duo. Since they started working together in 1975, they have played on an estimated 50,000 tracks. They have backed and produced virtually everyone in Jamaican music, from Peter Tosh to Sean Paul. They created their TAXI label in 1979 because they wanted more freedom to experiment to do their own thing.

Today, TAXI represents one of the biggest Reggae and Dancehall catalogs in Jamaica, featuring artists like Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Chaka Demus & Pliers... They have introduced so many changes in the Jamaican sound over the years that, under their influence, Jamaica's current sounds have very little in common with those of a few years ago. The Revolution never ends in Kingston, and Sly & Robbie are at its forefront! Sly & Robbie have introduced the non-Reggae public to their heavy yet melodic sound by producing international artists like Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, No Doubt, the Fugees, Sinead O'Connor and countless others. They just finished touring with Sinead O'Connor, are finishing the production of Horace Andy's next album and are about to start the production of Bitty McLean’s highly anticipated next album. Then more concerts with Sinead... No rest for the wicked...drum+bass extraordinaire!