“Give thanks and give blessings to all things good in this life.”
~ Bonafide Reggae Band
So THRILLED for the world-class reggae band, Bonafide, the brothers of my wonderful friend, Angella, who lives in Portland, Jamaica!! Rated the most popular reggae band in the Las Vegas area, Bonafide has been on the reggae scene for nearly 20 years & consists of the Stephens brothers, Donovan "Junior Roots" (vocals/drums), Wayne "Bass Wayne" (bass) , Robert "Ricky Dread" (vocals/keyboards), Mickey "Gits" (guitar), along with Kerry "Omar" Bell, the group's MC.
Bonafide started off 2010 with a bang with a second EME (Excellence in Music and Entertainment) Award nomination for "Band of the Year", primarily due to the success of their hits "Sold Out" and "Leaving Come the Morning" (with Vybz Kartel). They're also releasing their long-awaited CD Stay Strong featuring performances with Busy Signal (on "Shake That Bumpa"), Vybz Kartel (on "Leaving..."), and Etana (on "I Want 2 Be the 1", a lovers' rock gem!). The song "Home" is their tribute to their Montego Bay, Jamaica home.
Watch the video of "Sold Out" after the Observer article. You'll love them. :yes: BIG UP BONAFIDE - KICK ASS AT SUMFEST!! :love:
Bonafide promises "big" Sumfest performance
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 -- HORACE HINES
Montego Bay, St James -- Las Vegas-based reggae band Bonafide is all excited to return on Reggae Sumfest where they are set to perform on International Night II, July 24, at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre in Montego Bay.
This will be the third Reggae Sumfest gig for Bonafide who did previous stints on the "biggest reggae show on earth" in 2007 and 2008.
The five member band-- comprising four brothers from Montego Bay, Junior Roots, Ricky Dread, Mikey Gits and Wayne Bass; and Kerry Ranks , who hails from Clarendon--predicts the delivery of their best ever Sumfest performance.
"Patrons should expect the biggest performance we ever did to date at Reggae Sumfest, this year," Junior Roots promised, during an interview at the Reggae Sumfest 2010 launch in Montego Bay last week.
Bonafide's collaboration with Vybz Kartel, Leaving, is experiencing rotation on local radio. The group has also combined with Etana, I Want to Be the One, as well as with Busy Signal on Bumper.
"Believe me we feel nice to come home to play on Jamaica's biggest festival. We have done Bob Marley Festival in California, Reggae in the Desert in Nevada, we play on festivals in New Zealand in front of over 10,000 people; Hawaii, Australia, Fiji, so we been all over the place but we want to get big up inna Jamaica because a yah so we come from," Junior Roots declared.