Roots, Reggae, Ska, Spreading the love around the world...
“A sparkling, lively, unadulterated slice of fun.” The Beat Magazine
Where he came from:
Jamaican Reggae singer Mystic Bowie was born on February 1967. Far up in the lush mountains of Jamaica is a special community run by the Maroons. The Maroons are a tribe located in the sovereign nation of Accompong in the parish of St. Elizabeth. The tribe earned its name 217 years ago when it gained independence from Britain because the community was a threat to British troops. Mystic Bowie, born into the Maroon tribe as Fitzroy Alexander Campbell, was given the name “Mystic” by his elders based on the powers they sensed in him. The Maroons knew that Mystic Bowie was going to be an asset to the world.
Since the age of nine he has been performing worldwide. As a child performer he toured the resorts in Jamaica, Peru, Mexico and Bahamas. At the age of fourteen he left his tribe and family to live with his tour manager to receive the proper discipline and education for his future. With his beaming energy and eccentric personality Mystic Bowie was determined to be a success.
Music has encompassed Mystic Bowie’s world. He has performed and recorded with some of the world’s legends, including Keith Emerson, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Ed Robinson, and John Ellis. Bowie also gained exposure as far as Japan traveling with the 80’s band Tom Tom Club as the lead singer. Mystic Bowie performed with the Tom Tom Club for seventeen years. Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth, founders of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, are still very close with the reggae artist and they regularly attend each other’s shows.
In 2010, Mystic secured a non-‐exclusive endorsement deal with Jamaica’s internationally recognized brand -‐ Red Stripe Beer. The brand acknowledged Mystic’s efforts to keep the art of music alive through positive music and community outreach. He was also awarded an Outstanding Achievement in Music by the Linkage Radio Music Awards in 2011.
A dream come true in the eyes of Mystic Bowie was when he opened his own record label, FunkySka Music. His studio, located in Connecticut, is where he wrote and recorded his most recent EP single “Sweet Jamaica”. This album features three tracks along with dub mixes that will soothe you to the core. During the recording process Bowie leaked the tracks to VP Records who took it upon themselves to distribute the album this past March. Mystic Bowie’s positive vibes can be found on his previous albums “Funky Reggae” (1992), which was followed by “Rebirth” (2002), and “Nevah Kiss & Tell” (2009).
Mystic Bowie has dedicated himself to his music and his messages and takes advantage of every opportunity to do just that. Mystic’s signature style has been featured on several compilation albums including, “Sharin’ in the Groove: Celebrating the Music of Phish” (2000), “Creole Bred: Tribute to Creole & Zydeco” (2004), and “Occupy This Album: supporting the Occupy Wall Street Movement” (2012). He has also been featured on the Tom Tom Club’s remake of the Jimmy Cliff classic, “Many Rivers to Cross” for the movie The Long Kiss Good Night and “Who’s Feelin It” (from “The Good The Bad and the Funky”) featured on the soundtrack for the urban thriller American Psycho.
Paying it forward:
Mystic Bowie has been around the world and back again and is still as humble as can be. As the founder of the Mystic Bowie Cultural Center, Bowie has dedicated the past twenty years of his life to bringing education, arts, and sports to the children of Jamaica. The Mystic Bowie Cultural Center (MBCC) ships supplies to the schools in Jamaica along with educating the children about what the world has to offer. Mystic was awarded two Certificates of Special Recognition from The Overseas Maroon Council and the Accompong Primary and Junior High School in Jamaica for his efforts in helping children succeed. In January of 2013 MBCC started construction for a library in the sovereign nation of Accompong. His life has come full circle, his tribal elders sensed mystical powers within him and now he has come to return the spirit back to his community.
Through out the Fall and Winter Mystic Bowie will be touring back and forth to Jamaica and the USA spreading his positives vibes. “Being on the road doing what I love, I feel like I’ve never worked a day in my life as long and I am on stage”, said Bowie.