The Rastafarians will perform Friday, November 19 at Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center. Led by Haile Maskel, the Rastafarians make a long-awaited return to Ashkenaz for a night of deep groove roots reggae.
Maskel is undoubtedly one of the unsung heroes in reggae music. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up entrenched in music. “I remember the first song I wrote, ‘Joy Bells Are Ringing.’ That was it! Then, the songs just kept on coming. I was just ten years young.'” Maskel also remembers, “I wanted to play all the musical instruments – anything that would ring out a melody. That’s when my grandma told my mom, ‘Im haffi be ah singer!‘” He hasn’t looked back since.
Maskel has produced and recorded trademark bass lines for a range of top-flight artists including Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Ijahman Levi, the Heptones, Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus, and the list goes on.
The Rastafarians are best known internationally among the roots ‘n’ Rasta community for the vintage, heavily aired track “Roll Call.”
Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center
1317 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, California 94702
Doors at 9:00 pm; Show at 9:30 pm
$12 advance / $15 day of show
Recordings available: Orthodox