First original CD release from the late Fazal Prendergast, legendary Reggae musician, producer and studio engineer. Original member of Augustus Pablo's, Rockers All Stars/ Rockers International session band, the first original Jamaican Dub band. Former member from Earl China Smith's, High Time Players, one of Jamaica's top session studio bands. Former member of Mutabraruka's Sounds of Resistance Band. Band leader and creator of Yellow Wall Dub Squad, USA.
Fazal Antonio Prendergast
was born in Kingston, Jamaica on February 27, 1959. Born to Norma and Kenneth Prendergast, he was the oldest of four children, Michael, Angela, and Fabian Prendergast.
Of African and Indian decent he experienced a rich diverse cultural upbringing which influenced his musical style. A style that has a raw Jamaican flavour but innervates the spirit with Indian tones and pumps the heart with African beats. His musical style reflects of two ancient cultures living together, merging together, and yet expressing their cultural DNA in a unique way, a Kingston and ultimately, a Fazal Way.
Fazal began his music career at age 13 when he received his first guitar from his step father, Horace. At first playing his native Jamaican folk, Rock steady, and Ska music which permeated his environment at that time, he then progressed to Roots Reggae and Dub. Later in his life, he included Jazz and an eclectic style which he termed as Razz into his personal music style. Of course, never leaving his roots behind, pure Dub and Roots Reggae filters through all his styles.
Fazal's musical history is extensive! A legend in his own time. Whether playing his guitar, creating a track, producing or engineering he brought a vitality and rhythm to the project that touched the soul and heart of the listener. Always making it appear so easy he emanated a flow and rhythm that captivated and transfixed the listener.
Fazal's studio recording began as early as 1976 when he recorded with the legendary Augustus Pablo and the Rockers All Stars/ Rockers International session band. the first original Dub band. For the next several years Fazal was Pablo's main leading guitarist.. He recorded on over a dozen hit albums with Pablo.
From 1981 he linked up with Earl China Smith and The High Time Players, one of Jamaica's top session studio bands with whom he recorded numerous International hit tracks. He played with Israel Vibration in opening for Bob Marley at the Year of the Child Festival, Jamaica. He worked with producers and engineers such as; Bunny Lee, Jack Scorpio, Prince Jammy, Errol Brown, Joe Higgs, David Hamilton and The Scientist.
Studios he recorded in included Tuff Gong, Channel 1, Studio One, Harry J's, Kings Tubby's, Hope Road (original Bob Marley studio) Aquarius Studio, Halfway Tree Rd, and Dynamic Sound Studio.
In 1983, Fazal joined Mutabaruka and The Sounds of Resistance Band. For the next five years he toured extensively through out Europe and the States with Muta. He recorded on several hit albums with Muta.
Fazal moved to New York in 1985 where he continued to play and tour internationally with Mutabaruka and other leading Reggae artist such as Sister Carol, Brigadier Jerry, Charlie Chaplin, Alton Ellis and Bob Andy.
Fazal moved to California in 1993, shortly afterwards he met Colette McGeough from Ireland, and their relationship formed. With the birth of their daughter, Deardhrá in 1996, Fazal began to record his own original material while limiting his touring, so he could devote time to being at home with his family. In 1996, they started, Venus One Studio a.k.a DP Studio, (named after their daughter Deardhrá Prendergast). Venus One (DP Studio) has recorded many local California artist along with several of Fazal's own recordings soon to be released.
At that time Fazal was very much in demand by the local based Jamaican and non Jamaican reggae artists. Fazal's name is on scores of local projects either playing guitar, recording, mixing or engineering for bands such as; Don Carlos, Ras Midas, Mabrack, Sister I Live, Dennis The Menace, King Caleb, Ras Jacob, Raskidus, Wadi Gad, Ras Digital, I World,Ishmael The Peacemaker, Reggae Angels, Dub Nation and Joseph 1. Fazal also worked again with the legendary Scientist (previously they worked together in Jamaica and New York) on many local projects during that period. The discography for the above period, is in compilation and will be featured later this month.
Through Venus One many reggae events through out California and the States were organized with Fazal booking and backing up artists such as Judy Mowatt, Justin Hines, Yami Bolo, Abyssinians, Congos, Don Carlos, Mikey Dread, Apple Gabriel, Linveal Thompson, Ras Midas, Sister Carol and Junior Jazz.
After completing his independent project,
Shadows In The Storm, Fazal then formed his band, Yellow Wall Dub Squad, USA. The name, Yellow Wall was originally used by Amlack Tafrai. Amlack, the renowned bass player, originally from Pato Banton and currently with Steel Pulse, played with the band for a period in the States, before returning to the UK.
Upon completion of,
Shadows In The Storm, Fazal chose not to release it at that time. In Fazal's words "The time was not ready for this release".
In 2005, Venus One planned to release the CD on September, 26th.
Fazal was killed in a very tragic accident, while on tour with Don Carlos,on April 1st, 2005. The tragedy and grief postponed the release to this time. The accident occurred directly opposite the site of Reggae on the River festival (Reggae Rising) Humboldt,Ca.This was the 1st USA festival that Fazal originally left Jamaica to play at back in the 80s. Fazal subsequently played there many times down the years, as well as at Sierra Nevada World Festival, Monterey Reggae Festival, Bob Marley Day Festivals in San Diego, Long Beach and San Francisco, Renegade Festival and many other Reggae Festivals through out California, the States and Internationally
Fazal's discography is extensive!
He plays guitar on over 100 Cds with many of Reggae's Greatest Artists, with scores of USA and International hits! A partial list includes the following artists; Augustus Pablo, High Times Players, Mutabaruka, Tippa Irie, Frankie Paul & Cocoa Tea, Hugh Mundell, Delroy Williams, Norris Reid, Scientist, King Tubby and Prince Jammy. However, this CD, Shadows In The Storm, is the first to feature his own compositions.
The following is only a partial list of recordings that Fazal plays guitarist on;
Augustus Pablo - Earth Rightful Ruler  Message JA/Sanative US
Augustus Pablo - Eastman Dub  Greensleeves UK
Augustus Pablo - King David's Melody [1976-82] Alligator JA/Greensleeves UK
Augustus Pablo - Rockers Meets King Tubby In A Fire House  Shanachie
Delroy Williams - I Stand Black  Greensleeves UK
Donovan Joseph - Sounds Of Many Colours 
Frankie Paul & Cocoa Tea - Showdown Vol 8 
Hugh Mundell - Time And Place  Greensleeves UK/Ras USA
Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping 
Mutabaruka - The Mystery Unfolds 
Norris Reid - Roots And Vine 
Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking - Two The Hard Way 
Prince Jammy - Osbourne In Dub 
Tippa Irie - Is It Really Happening To Me 
Various Artists - King Jammy In Roots 
Various Artists - Rockers All-Star Explosion  Rockers International JA
Various Artists - Rockers International  Greensleeves UK.
Augustus Pablo - King David's Melody [1976-82]
Augustus Pablo - Authentic Golden Melodies [1974-79]
Augustus Pablo - Original Rockers Vol 2 
Hugh Mundell - The Blessed Youth [1978-81]
Tetrack - Let's Get Started  Greensleeves UK
Various Artists - High Times All Stars Explosion 
Lord Sassafrass - Pocomania Jump 
Mutabaruka - Outcry
Mutabaruka - Any Which Way Freedom
Joe Higgs - Triumph, Alligator Records 1985
Junior Walker - The Sequal
The Melodica King- Dub, Reggae & Roots
(2xLP) Ocho 2000
Lead, rhythm and Bass Guitar
Fazal Prendergast - Shadows In The Storm
Venus One World, 2008
Also to be released later this year,
Fazal Prendergast - The Eight Sense
(Beyond The Knowing)
Venus One World
Shadows In Storm is a Premier CD to feature Fazal's own original compositions. It an instrumental album with a richness of sound with Reggae, Dub, Jazz, Razz and Mid Eastern influences.
Razz is a term that Fazal first coined, back in mid 90's, to describe reggae/jazz instrumental music.
This beautiful mood music demonstrates the extensive expertise of Fazal's guitar playing.
Fazal lived and breathed through his music. His legendary rhythm guitar style is innovative, exiting, haunting and transformative, a true expression of his unique spirit. He thanks the ''Creator for channeling the music through him''.
Listen to this CD to release your own creative potential.
If your Desire and Intent is to be transformed, transfixed, captivated by this mood music and then released into a rich musical realm then this CD is definitely for you.
This music will bring you on a journey which will trigger and innervate the depths in your emotions as well releasing you into peaks of spiritual elevation. It is intimate, reveling through the rhythms, the ups and downs, struggles and success in Fazal's life. It is emotional, mood altering, life enhancing music.
The Music world lost a legend and a genius but his music still lives strong through his CD, Shadows in The Storm and at Venus One World.
Proceeds from the sale of
Shadows In The Storm go to the Education Fund of
Deardhrá Mc Geough Prendergast
CD sales at http://www.myspace.com/reggaefazalprendergast http://www.myspace.com/venusoneworld