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Rastaman Say

by Errol Blackwood

A voice full of richness, a word of wisdom. Errol Blackwood writes and sing about things not seen by the mainstream. Rastaman Say is truly a Collectors piece for all music lovers.
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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2. Cant Sing da Blues
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3. Freedom Fighters
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4. Sweet Temptation
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5. Beware
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6. Camel and the Needle
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7. Rastaman Say
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8. Hebrew Child
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9. Man Or Mouse
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10. Cooling Down De Rage
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11. Chant
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12. Nacopenda
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Errol Blackwood
Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Recording Artist

Errol Blackwood Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Recording Artist:Contact: Linton Cooper: 954 720 8828 US. PH 519-576-0758. CA Or email: blackwood100@rogers.com
Web Page: www.indiejungle.xbuild.com

Errol Blackwood AKA Maroon Messenjah, Skippa, GhostJungle:

Native: Jamaica: Blackwood grew up in the Maroon Hills of Accompong Town.

Home: Ontario Canada in the summer, Jamaica in the winter.

Musical influence: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots n Matels, Jimmy Cliff. James Brown, Ray Charles, Eric Claptin.

In 1980: Founding member of Messenjah, Canada’s top reggae band. They recorded two albums and a video under the WEA label. Toured extensively for five years across Canada and the U.S.A. The band regrouped in 1986. Highlights included working with Hugh Masekela, The Clash, Frank Zappa and playing Reggae Sun splash 85.

1987 Errol began his solo career with the release of his four songs EP titled "Chant, Chant" and a video titled "Special Effect."
1988 He fallowed up with a single "Give Peace a Chance." and video.
1990 His first-full-length album titled Warrior: Released on Blade Music.
1995: Released second CD titled "Waking up the Dream."
2000: A collection of some of his songs was selected and released for his third album titled Roots and Lovers Collection.
2003: latest CD is titled: "Rastaman Say" was recorded in Kingston Jamaica and produced by King Jammys.

Errol has performed on the national Children show titled "Romper Room."
He also sang the theme song for a CBS series titled "Sweating Bullets."
Since 1990 Errol has been nominated in fifteen music awards, he has won twelve, including his latest award for best CD of 2003 and was also nominated in the Canadian Inde Music Award 2003.


HONORARY AWARDS

CANADIAN INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS.
Rastaman Say. Nominated.

CANADIAN REGGAE MUSIC AWARDS /CRMA
2003: best CD of the year for his latest CD, Rastaman Say.
1995 Top reggae Singer (male)
1993 Top reggae Singer (male)
1992 Top Reggae Video, "Un-foreign Dub"

1992 Top reggae Singer (male)

1992 Top Video: "Arrested" From the LP "Warrior"

1992 Top Video: "Irie Dread/ "Warrior"
1993 Top Singer (Male)
1990 Top Album: Warrior
1990 Top reggae Singer (male)

CANADIAN MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS:

1992 Best Video, "Arrested," from LP "Warrior"

TORONTO MUSIC AWARDS:

1988 Best Reggae Artist/Performer

CANADAIN ACADAMY OF RECORDING ARTS/JUNO AWARDS:

1996 Nominee for CD: "Waking Up the Dream"
1988 Nominee for single: "Give Peace a Chance"
1987 Nominee for EP: "Chant, Chant"

You can find more info on Errol Blackwood by going to his website: www indiejungle.xbuild.com or search his name on the web
www.indiejungle.xbuild.com.


NEWS N REVIEWS.

FOCUS Magazine (Toronto) - had this to say about Errol:

The Skipah is a product of the courageous Maroons. He is a serious Rastaman. Errol's faith is the driving force in his life. It characterizes his being. With his sporting majestic dreadlocks, he pens plays and sings out his hunger for Justice and Equal Rights. He is certainly one of the hardest working entertainers in Canada today.

The Kitchener Record Newspaper (SHOWCASE) - had this to say:

Errol has a voice full of richness and is a masterful bass player. Errol sings of struggle, love and life, all with the same positive feeling. Not only does he write excellent songs, but he has also masterminded video renditions of his material. A performance by Errol and his band Injah transcends mere playing, taking you on an appealing versatile and spiritual trip through the heartbeat of reggae.

Lake Head University -Thunder Bay {THE ARGUS}

Imagine the herb-enhanced vocals of Joe Cocker and the lyrical grace of Eric Clapton.
Errol in all his Rastafarian wisdom delivers even more of a powerful mix with his new CD release, "WAKING UP THE DREAM." recorded in Jamaica. One listen and you will feel the most passionate, vocal presence and skillful instrumental-punch penetrating your spirit with good vibrations. Errol's CD, "WAKING UP THE DREAM," is an investment that is truly a collector’s piece.

DUB MISSIVE INTERNATIONAL VOL X, N0.3 HAD THIS TO SAY.
Waking up the dream by Errol Blackwood hits dread on. The Jamaican born
Canadian based singer and Basest captures the essence of roots reggae with hungry tunes of love, redemption, judgment and hope. His sweet throaty vocals lend themselves to so many styles and he easily maneuvers from lover's rock to righteous anthems of roots.
I'm the one is one of the strongest dance tracks. The gritty reality of one urban family is reason to weep on "Little Bit of Tear as Blackwood narrates a tale of despair: "Eventually you loose reality/killing then just becomes another spree/ and the children die/ how could we close our eyes.
Free world bounce back with a hopeful kind of Bob Marley meets Talking Heads admonishment to the shitstem and its slick-talking purveyors of false freedom."Liberty Woman is a slow burner. Saving the best for last, the most outstanding is the nyabinghi-style "Mandela" with bass drums laying the heart beat foundation. Blackwood hails the great freedom fighters. His raspy voice calling with emotion as he begs us to heed the message and carry on the dream.



SPECIAL PERFORMANCES AND UPDATES.


2005 highlights include Headlining the Irie Reggae festival at Ontario Place.
Fronting the Blue Jays at the Skydome in Toronto and working with Maxi Priest at
The Road Island Reggae fest: Ocean state reggae festival.

2003 concerts includes August 4th at Toronto Harbourfront CIBC stage,
Freak-fest in London Ontario
2002 tour includes performance at the New England Reggae festival, with Marcia Griffith and Ika Mouse. He also performed at the Marcus Garvey day in Toronto.

In March of 2001 Errol performed in Texas at Velvet Park for Bob Marley festival.
He also performed with the London orchestra for the Canada Games in August 0/1.

1998 Errol filled in as Lead singer for the original Bob Marley Band the Wailers.

April 18, 1998 House of Blues (Hollywood, California/with Wailers
April 17, 1998 Solana Beach (California/ with Wailers
April 15, 1998 Band Arrival (LA, with Wailers Band
April 16, 1998 Couch House (San Juan Capistrano/Wailers
February, 1997 La Medley in Montreal Bob Marley Homage
July 19, 1997 Vermont Reggae Festival. Injah Band

Feb. 28, 1997 Reggae Motion Festival (Cancun, Mexico. Big Mountain Band
Feb. 1995 Tribute to Bob Marley," at Harbourfront Toronto

Oct 1995 Canadian West Coast Tour: Thunder Bay University, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Salmon Arm, Vancouver Island and Whistler BC.

VOLENTEER WORKS

Errol and his band Injah has perform for many different charitable events, including Tilly Johnson’s scholarship fund. The Women's shelter in Kitchener Waterloo: Habitat for humanity house opening with special guest: former American president Jimmy Carter and his wife. A benefit to send Olympian Lennox Lewis to the 1986 Olympics.
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Terry Brown (ACRA)

One of the best album since King Marley
Every track a jewel. Nacopenda is indeed a visual classic. Camel and the Needle is a lesson well worth learning, before it's too late. Can't Sing the Blues tells it exactly as it is. Sweet Temptation gives a brief glimps into the intimate world of the Rastaman. THERE IS SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE.

This CD is a must for every conscious music lover.

R.ZEE Jackson

Errol!!! the Music Nice Star, Keep up the Great works,
"JUST REAL MUSIC"

Tim Walks

Great song, luv da Jamacian style music
It was tight, Luv da music keep it up