In support of his July 2009 release, Common Prosperity, Jamaican reggae artist Prezident Brown and The Solid Foundation Band are slated to commence a western U. S. tour in July 2009 that includes a performance at the Reggae Rising festival in Piercy, California, the Eugene Celebration in Oregon and the Monterey Bay Reggaefest. Prezident Brown is a substantial artist with a beneficial message pertaining to righteous living. His catalogue is large and consistently increasing. His current band is top of the line. Prezident Brown has been embraced and supported worldwide.
Prezident Brown’s band, The Solid Foundation band, consists of an all-star, world-class crew. Devon Bradshaw, former member of Burning Spear’s band, is the musical director and bass player. Nelson Miller, also formerly of Burning Spear’s band, is on drums. Ron van Leeuwaarde, owner of the Project West Recording Studio in Berkeley California is on guitar. Ryan Daisley, from Barbados, owner of the Shaolin Recording Studios in Oakland California is on keyboards. Ryan has also played with Junior Reid, Glen Washington, Don Carlos and Cornell Campbell amongst others.
Prezident Brown’s home base is in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It has been said that he is “one of the most interesting cultural Dee-jays since U Roy”. Emphasizing positive messages, Prezident Brown has pioneered his own direction, developing what he calls, “The chanting stylee”.
In the summer of 2002, Prezident Brown fulfilled a 46-show North American tour that helped establish his notoriety as a powerful, insightful performer worthy to lead and inspire the masses. This tour included performances at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Reggae On The River. Prezident Brown has since done repeated performances at both of these festivals and many others. He has been very well received in the United States, where he has continued to tour hard and build his fan base.
Prezident Brown is a champion of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae movement that entertains, informs and inspires. As a musical talent, he is a reflection of the times. He has been a part of the dynamic international music industry since 1996, when he signed to Island Records, followed by various other record labels such as Kariang, Chet Records and Sony Germany; producing memorable works like To Jah Only and Generation Next. His last release, Health and Strength, (Showcase Volume 4) has been selling strong.
Prezident Brown has now recently finished recording a new CD, entitled Common Prosperity, produced by his bass player Devon Bradshaw and Ian Coleman. Ian Coleman known as “Beezy” has been the guitarist for Ziggy Marley for the past twelve years. Prezident Brown is well pleased with this album, and feels it is some of his best work to date. The album features Prezident Brown’s Solid Foundation band, with a few additions such as Courtney “Bam” Diedrick of Damien Marley’s band on drums. Vin Gordon, on trombone, who plays with The Skatalites, and on sax is Glen Dacosta, formerly of Bob Marley and the Wailers. Common Prosperity also includes a duet with Gary Pine, formerly of The Wailers. The executive producer of the project is Martel Moore. The release is scheduled for this summer 2009, on the Tomorrow’s Children label.
Prezident Brown and the Solid Foundation band are serious reggae revolutionaries.