Natty Nation

Natty Nation

 
Madison, Wisconsin, USA
BandRockReggae

"As good as reggae gets"--Shepherd Express, Milwaukee

"A blazing live act"--Chicago Sun Times

The genre bending group is known throughout the world for how easily their all original songs weave conscious lyrics, hard rock, heavy dancehall soaking wet dub into majestic traditional roots reggae.

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Biography

Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub--this is the unique blend of music that is Natty Nation.

Since 1995 Natty Nation has been keeping the positive messages of their unique indigenous Wisconsin reggae beats throbbing through the heartland. Their messages of peace, love, community, & spreading positive vibrations have been ringing out since Natty's inception.

Natty has backed up reggae legends Lee "Scratch" Perry, and Chaka Demus & Pliers, and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian, & Stephen Marley, Sister Carol, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Wailing Souls, Culture with Joseph Hill, Beenie Man, & countless others.

JAH Boogie and his backing band's tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening to their music, either at a show or on their stereo.

It's almost impossible not to dance at a Natty live performance. Every Natty Nation concert is a different experience. Their energy is infectious & their dubtastic jams are complex, yet their message is simple--spread the positive vibration.

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Credentials:

Natty has received several awards & other accolades, including:

-20 Madison Area Music Awards (MAMAs), including Performer of the Year (2009), Best World Artist (5 years in a row), World Album (4 years), World Song (4 years), Hip-hop Song, Male Vocalist, Keyboardist, Guitarist, Bassist, Ensemble Vocals, & more
-Broadjam's international song of the month "Cool & Proper"
-Selection for the highly sought after Armed Forces Entertainment tour of the Middle East, Africa, Japan, & the Marshall Islands playing for the troops
-Wisconsin Area Music Award (WAMI) for Reggae Artist of the Year, and several nominations for same
-Best World Artist or Group for five years of the Isthmus' Newspaper's readers poll

and many more

Natty Nation has experience playing festivals, events, and other venues from coast to coast & abroad, performing at hundreds of clubs, theaters, outdoor music festivals, & Military bases abroad, including Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, Millenium Music Conference, Atlantis Music Conference, Wookiefoot's Harvestfest, Bob Marley Fest in Florida, Freakfest, Bella Tempo, Bella Mente, People Fest, Jammin On The Wolf, Subway's Music at the Zoo concert series, Habitat for Humanity's 100th House Celebration, & several others.

Natty Nation brings 19 years of performance experience, 19 years of songs from a great original 60+ song catalog, and an 19-year fan base, not to mention a huge email list & street team throughout the country & abroad.

Lyrics

Itinually

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Itinually

(Verse 1)
Mystic shall rise again
don\'t you know that Jah Jah is I only friend?
Mystic shall come again
cause you know that Jah Jah love will never end.
Beginning to end
Jah is there to begin with.
Omnipresent one and all of the energy dwelling.
And He is coming forward with the love that is spreading through I.
We keeping it positive within I and I and I

(Chorus)
Itinually I seek His Majesty, yeah
There\'s no one else can guide I and I but Jah alone.

(2nd Verse)
Alpha and Omega beginning with no end
master mind of holy plan that we are all part of.
Genesis to Revelation, and everything in between
Jah the strength and the power, and the longevity.
Ancient spirit always is present oh yeah
Jah Jah is that spirit love effervescent

(Chorus)

(Bridge)
Yes He\'s superior, never inferior,
He is interior and exterior-
Consequently He is able to save completely those who seek Jah,
cause He is alive to pray for them
Itinually.

No Apology

Written By: Lyrics: Demetrius Wainwright,Music: Stefan Truesdell/Natty Nation, Music: Stefan Truesdell/Natty Nation

What a disaster... what an atrocity

So many shocked and sad faces
of so many different races
Who is the one that's caused this distress?
It's the weak heart doing his works in Jah name yeah
Illuminati one playing their ruthless games
I'll always remember that terrible day in September
when they brought down the walls of the World Trade Center.

No Apology for what they have done yeah
If they could only see the wrong they have caused
No Apology for what they have done yeah
If they could only see the wrong they have caused

So they feel that they are justified, don't make no sense to me
to take an innocent life and worse than that, take so many.
Fundamentalist with their explosives
how can they be the chldren of Jah and be so misguided?
I'll always remember that dreadful day in September
when they brought down the walls of the World Trade Center

No Apology for what they have caused
If they could only see the wrong they have done
No apology for what they have done
If they could only see that God don't like ugly

So tell I Mr. president what we gwan do now?
What we gonna say? Oh what's the use?
What we gonna do when they come back for you now?
What we gonna say when they do it that way?
It's a dreadful time we see....
We've got to be complete
We've got to stop the war...
the war now...
the war crimes!

No Apology for what they have done yeah
If they could only see the wrong they have caused
No Apology for what they have done yeah
If they could only see the wrong they have caused

Rasta Revolution (ft. Mr. Parker)

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright,LaDuma Nguyuza,NATTY NATION, NATTY NATION

(intro)
Yes I
Youth in the struggle
On the double
No trouble
Bubble dem a bubble
Zion They're headed for
Rasta vibration always
Inhabit their mind, and their souls, bodies, goodies

(pre-chorus)
It takes a whole lot of suffering,
a whole lot of struggling,
to make a change
It takes a whole lot of suffering,
a whole lot of struggling,
to rearrange

(verse 1)
The youth come to make a difference for mankind,
To change up the old ways, and bring some peace of mind,
but the blood runs red and the time so dread,
and they keep on fighting to find a solution.

(chorus)
Rasta Revolution
the cycle goes on, yeah.
Rasta Revolution
we must right the wrongs.
Rasta Revolution
Changing their old ways to new, oh Lord.
Rasta Revolution
Dreadlock youth man come true

(verse 2)
Youth Man, you've got to stand up for what is real.
The root of the problem is within the broken seal,
and still the struggle continues,
and still the cycle goes on.
Now-a-days, the people seeking the guidance of Rasta.
Now-a-days, the youth dreadlocks getting longer.
Now-a-days, you feel the vibes growing much stronger.
Now-a-days, you see the youth, dem they living much longer

(chorus)
Rasta Revolution
the cycle goes on, yeah.
Rasta Revolution
we must right the wrongs.
Rasta Revolution
Changing their old ways to new.
Rasta Revolution
Dreadlock binghi I come true

(rap- verse 3)(Mr. Parker)
They unleash the beast
and knowledge masses revolted
Exploited by the long arm of Babylon and left us assaulted.
Quickly we gain strength and pass it to our children,
in hopes to guide 'em through the wormholes of the system.
We keep buildin', and raise our hands until the ceiling collapse,
perhaps we start the rev in music and true facts.
Johnny's got his own rules,
executed by the acts responsible for severin' brown burnt and beaten bags, like

(pre-chorus)
It takes a whole lot of suffering,
a whole lot of struggling,
to make a change
It takes a whole lot of suffering,
a whole lot of struggling,
to rearrange
youth man, youth man, Rasta man,
make a difference.
Change up thier old ways, and make a new dimension

(chorus)

Hurricane

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Chorus:
Where there is darkness let there be light
Where there is wrong let there be right
Where there is sickness let there be health
Where there is poverty let there be wealth

Verse 1:
Lord help the refugee in the dark time
show them some mercy
throw out life line

you see them crying our for help
you know they cannot help themselves
you've got to love & share the wealth
Mr. president

(chorus)

Verse 2:
Take them out of destruction poverty
They need clothes water food to eat

you see them crying our for help
you know they cannot help themselves
you've got to love & share the wealth
Mr. president

(guitar solo)

you see them crying our for help
you know they cannot help themselves
you've got to love & share the wealth
Mr. president

Black Hebrew

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Intro:

Calling JAH name!!! Always!!!

Pre Verse:

Yes giving praise to the heavenly father
father and the son making wine outta water
King of Ethiopia from across the border
Giving birth to Kings, Queens, Sons, & Daughters

Verse 1:

Rastafari: Power of the Trinity
Teaching the truth to all the friends and enemies
Ancient Semite giving no retreat
and he's the conqueror seeing no defeat
Yes we have to praise his name
and we feel no shame
and i'm glad He came
I have to shout his fame

Black Hebrew, Keeper of the Covenant
Black Hebrew, Teacher & beloved
Black Hebrew, the truth will be revealed
Black Hebrew, JAH JAH open up the seal

And these are the things i know are true
Ethiopia is the land of the Black Hebrew
And these are the things i know and feel
Ethiopia is connected to the land of Israel

JAH!!! Rastafari!

(Pre Verse)

Verse 2:

i have to know my identity
We have to know the reality
i know the truth will set us free
The lie will keep us in slavery
Tracing my roots to The Motherland (Mama Africa, yeah!)
Seeking the truth so i will overstand
The Garden of Eden to the Red Sea
Addis Ababa to Shashamani
Selassie I, H.I.M. a hold the key
What will be will have to be

Black Hebrew, Keeper of the Covenant
Black Hebrew, Teacher & beloved
Black Hebrew, the truth will be revealed
Black Hebrew, JAH JAH open up the seal

WHEEL!!!!!!!

Reincarnation

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Chorus:

Reincarnation
Starting it over again
If you don't finish what you started then you have to be born again
Reincarnation
The cycle will never end
If you don't finish what you started then you have to be born again

Verse 1:

Here i am back again
My Karma's got me a new skin
Tell me will i lose? Tell me will i win?
It all depends on the life i spend
'Cause i'm not really of this world
The situations i find myself in
Now it's time for i-n-i to break the chain
so that i can be released again
i've got to know myself
Keep seeking the light
Knowledge overstanding
Become eternal light
Liberation freedom & forget all the strife with the all the illusion your future is bright
See for yourself & follow your path
Seek the truth 'cause that's all you have
Count your blessings you must do the math
& you will the the fact

(Chorus)

Verse 2:

Yes the mystic shall rise again
You'll be looking for the Christ within
& then the revolution begin
& you'll never be afraid of sin
Living for the purpose of life
When you center & you focus your mind
Your purpose is to join the divine
& all of the mountain you climb
You've got to seek for for yourself & find out the truth
To know the tree you must know the root
You never finish 'til your journey is through
Yes, there's many lessons for you
Seek the light & follow the path
Stay with your vision 'cause that's all you have
Count your blessings you must do the math &
There's no turning back

(Chorus)

Just Can't Stand It

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Chorus:

All of your policy/and all your poverty/and all your brutality/all your hypocrisy/and your "democracy"/all of your slavery/all of your vanity/and your mendacity

Verse 1:

And the George Bush Policies bringing on some bad karma/We need some brand new leadership like Barak Obama/I wanna feel like Mary J. when she say, "No more drama"/'cause right now...

(Chorus)

Verse 2:

They don't wanna take responsibility for their own actions/amd the results don't bring any satisfaction/the way we're living now gonna bring some bad reactions/so i say...

(Chorus)

Verse 3:

We've got to wake up, wake up, wake up! and smell the ganja/before they put an end to all the farmers/All they want to do is divide & conquer/That's why i say...

(Chorus)

Shepherd

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Chorus:

Follow Follow... follow JAH Shepherd,
'Cause he is the one guiding us out of Babylon

Verse 1:

Yes some downtrodden living in misery
and the Shepherds coming JAH JAH company
Weak heart can't teach us
Them long time fall off
They try to scatter JAH sheep & keep them lost

(Chorus)

Verse 2:

Babylon: what a mystery as far as my eyes can see
We just like some crabs in a barrel we don't want to be free
The sheep don't know the way
They follow blindly
Moses come carry i across the Red Sea

(Chorus)

Verse 3:

Follow JAH Shepherd 'cause he is Christ
The savior of the people in this time
JAH people don't know the way
They follow blindly
JAH JAH conquers all....

Cool & Proper

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Intro:

Wicked on the bottom me say dready 'pon top

Chorus:

Rasta Living cool & proper...
-i'm a seek the truth i don't deal with no lie
-me a live in Love with no fuss no fight
-i don't love the wrong, yes me love the right
-We don't live in darkness we seek the light

Verse 1:

When you see i come i bring respect & love
Living virtuous i don't live like no thug
Embracing all my brothers & my sisters with hugs
Dealing with forgiveness i'm not holding no grudge
All the negative i sweep it under the rug
Clearness of the mind:
Never using no drugs
With the reggae music roots rock rub-a-dub
Always positive when i step in the club
Cuz i'm a let my locks down
Flash it when we rock up on stage
I and I flow and flow and flow
Locks down dready gonna rock this place
Keep the party going, going, going
When the Rasta man come Love is what we bring
When the Iya man come Love is what we sing

(Chorus)

Verse 2:

Rasta know the time getting dread again
Iya say my eyes getting red again
Tell it to your foe tell it to your friend
Rasta know the time getting dread again
Cuz real Rasta man don't commit no crime
Responsibility I man don't waste no time
Meditation, concentration to clear the mind
Peace & Love & iNatty you find
So give it to me plain & simple
With the lyrics that coming from the mental
All you find in life is coincidental
You have to find the Love that's deep within you
Cuz i'm a let my locks down
Flash it when we rock up on stage
I and I flow and flow and flow
Locks down dready gonna rock this place
Keep the party going, going, going

(Chorus)

Love Each Other

Written By: Demetrius Wainwright

Intro:
We got to have Love, Love & understanding
We must have Love, Love to lead the way

Verse 1:
Let's not be so selfish
Let's have Love & overstanding
and find a way to shine the light in the dark
and find a way to have some Love in your heart
and not get too caught up in the past
Let's not turn the good things into bad
So don't be so childish
We have to grow and become real men
and know that hate will never get us nowhere
and know that I will never treat you unfair
you have to be wise, I say you must be aware
You cannot live your life like you don't care

Chorus:
Do we know how to love each other?
Got to know how to love each other
Do we know how to love each other?
(2x)
Will we ever learn?

Verse 3:
Let's not be so petty
Yet I know that you're not ready
Even though the truth is hard and heavy
You know that you are getting what you're giving
Even though they cannot deal with the fact
Even though they do not know how to act
Even though they always want to attack
Even though they always overreact
We must deal with things with maturity and change up our philosophy
This is the way that we need to be
We must remain in loyalty

(Chorus)

Verse 3:
You never get too familiar
Give some grace to make things easier
To make your friendship last forever
we've got to love and come together, yeah
Remove the jealousy from out of your life
Remove the ignorance and all of your strife
Remove the hatred that just cuts like a knife
Step out of the darkness and go into the light
Let's not give up on Love cuz it's true Love that will lead the way
When we live in true Love then this real Love never goes astray

(Chorus)

Discography

Live at the UW Terrace (2013)
Retrospective: 15 Years of Hard Roots Rock Reggae (2012)
Suffice Single (2010)
Reincarnation (2008)
LIVE in Eau Claire (2008)
Seth's Picks - Best of Live 2003 - 2006 (2007)
Live Fan Club Releases Vol. 1-5 (2004)
Inatty In Jah Music (2003)
Rasta Revolution E.P (2002)
Live 9.21.2000 (2001)
Live '99-'00 (2000)
Earth Citizen (1998)
The Journey Has Just Begun (1996)

Set List

All Original. Set lists are comprised of songs from the first four studio albums and new material that has yet to be recorded or released. Natty usually plays one or two sets between 70 and 90 minutes each, but this changes from venue to venue, night to night. Samples of all of our recorded music can be found at: http://nattynation.bandcamp.com