|Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 21:00|
What do we mean by Success Stories?
Basics outlined below (more details on each coming up):
- the story of Abijah's work with Dub Station & KRucial Reggae
Abijah reached #1 on the charts in Jamaica, was hailed as 'the next Bob Marley, and became the darling of Festival talent buyers the world over (from Europe, America, and Japan). He and his management (and production) team had done a great job with his first album, out on VP but keeping the fire burning was much for his previous team. He approached KRucial Reggae after several successful US-backings of Abijah by the Dub Station band. Upon taking on the Artist, there was no demo CD available (VP required purchase of any CD's, even for promotional purposes), nor any promotional materials. KRucial moved quickly to put those together and that year organized 3 tours: New England; the Mid-West; and the West Coast (21 cities: from Washington state to LA, out to Hawaii, and back through Colorado). KRucial also helped Abijah produce a handful of songs (in Jamaica) to match his existing singles, and released his second CD (first as Swept Away, and then as Moving 2 the Top) in collaboration with CTP, an international telecommunications company that had endorsed Abijah as a representative of company. Dub Station was brought to Kingston to perform a CD release party, and the group performed with Abijah at the National Arena in Kingston as well. Since then, KRucial has supported Abijah in a number of ways, including for the creation of a government sponsored video for tourism, an appearance on Sumfest, and travel to Japan & China for performances.
- the story of Roberto Gell
Much more to say on this, but basically KRucial began working with Roberto Gell in 2008 with a basic consultation on his demo. This grew into a long term collaboration that saw the creation of his first EP "Midnight Ravers" and touring through New England and Southern California (Gell has also toured Canada). Next came the completion of Roberto Gell's landmark complete album "Work Hard," with extensive promotion - live & interview video footage (being fused into a 'demo reel') - and current tour of California. KRucial was responsible for song selection, mastering, graphic design, digital (and physical) distribution.
- the story of Bill's Bar Boston
KRucial Reggae approached this live venue on the legendary Red Sox's Landsdowne Street, after their efforts hosting Reggae had failed (due to violence). What followed were 13 successful years of live Reggae EVERY week WITHOUT incident, and providing an unprecedented meeting ground for audiences of all backgrounds. There was always a DJ and Dub Station backed different Artists for the first 10 years, followed by a rotation of live bands. The list of hosted Artists included many legends from Jamaica & on tour, including Junior Kelly, the Mighty Diamonds, Michael Rose, Frankie Paul, members of Morgan Heritage, Singing Melody, Shinehead, and the late Mikey Dread.
- the story of Rhythm Music Magazine
- the story of Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide
- the story of the Boston Web Group
- the story of Johnny D's Uptown
- the story of Shaka Black
- the story of Sonbeam