Bravo & Censor City Band

Bravo & Censor City Band

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Original, fresh and straight from the heart is the best way of describing Jamaican singer, songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, Bravo. With the upcoming release of his first CD, and his new band, Censor City Band, Bravo is ready to make his mark on the world of roots reggae music.

Biography

Bravo, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has been playing music since his youth in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica. He began singing solo in his hometown of Racecourse at the age of twelve. He then learned to make and engineer sound equipment and to make instruments, building his first electric guitar at the age of sixteen.

As a young adult, Bravo put together more than five bands while playing for the hotels on the north coast of Jamaica. He then played rhythm guitar on tour with several known reggae artists including the Gladiators, JahMali, Anthony B and Sizzla.

Always a trend setter, Bravo was one of the innovators as artists were influencing each other during the birth of the roots reggae sound in Jamaica. One could say his music is most like Albert Griffiths, Peter Tosh or Bob Marley, though it is truly his own original sound.

In the United since States since 1998, Bravo has finally produced his first CD entitled WHY CAN’T I. He has been performing solo and with his new band around the NYC area, Censor City Band is prepared to perform Bravo’s vast repertoire of original real roots rock reggae tunes wherever concious audiences abide.

Lyrics

Rasta Revolution

Written By: Bravo aka Ockrey Thomas

Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oy (repeat)
Rasta man, the symbol of reality
Where there’s reality there is dignity
Dem say you can’t sing dem song ya inna Babylon
Dem say you can’t sing dem song ya pon Babywrong ear
Babyrwong ear
(repeat chorus)
Look pon fi mi and you, skin color
Look pon we hair, look how we fava
Lord and savior in white, bakra massa ‘im white
Rasta revolution, your identification
You gots to have a vision to come inna dis ya session
Dem a use religion to separate I and I children
Dem feisty, out of order, cross the border
And dem out of line
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oy (repeat)
Rasta man, the symbol of reality
Where there’s reality there is dignity

Hey Girl

Written By: Ockrey Thomas

Hey girl
What are you doing tonight?
Could I see you, is it alright?
There is something I would like to say to you, woho
And I’d like you to be in the right mood, woho, yeah
Something I would like to say to you
And I’d like you to get in the right groove
Can I take you to a dance tonight?
To the movies, oh no, is a fight
Let’s roots rock reggae jammit tonight, woho, yeah
Roots rock reggae jammit all night
Now I see you and you’re looking so fine
The pants you’re wearing –‘em fit so tight
Let’s roots rock reggae jammit tonight
Roots rock reggae jammit all night
Hey girl
What are you doing tonight?
Could I see you, is it alright?
Let’s roots rock reggae jammit tonight, yeah
Roots rock reggae jammit all night
Reggae jammit

I Wanna Be Free

Written By: Bravo aka Ockrey Thomas

From a natural point of view, you enslave me
It’s all because of you, now I’m angry
You won’t let me, you won’t let me
Be what I want to be
I wanna be free
Fiya de deh, fiya de deh
Fiya de deh, fi de damm
Fire de deh, fi de bush
De deh, fi de drag and de mite
A fiya, a fiya, a fiya, a fiya
A just can’t sorry fi none a dem
A just won’t take no side, cause a di ole a dem
A di ole a dem, a rasta dem a fight

Discography

CD: WHY CAN'T I coming out in 2007

songs (single TBD):
HEY GIRL
I WANNA BE FREE
WHY CAN'T I
WAITING LOVE
BACK INTO MY LIFE
RASTA REVOLUTION

Set List

The band is prepared to play up to 20 of Bravo's many original tunes and, if necessary, almost the same number of covers. That could span three to four hours, though a reasonable set would be one and a half hours or two sets of 45 minutes, etc. In other words, we are flexible because we have a large repertoire. Covers are mostly by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Albert Griffiths.

Originals:
Censor City (Theme Song)
Talk of the Town
Natty on the Rise
I Am Not Ashamed
Rasta Bounce
Bring Love to the Door
Rasta Revolution
Hey Girl
Why Can't I Be a Friend
Back Into My Life
Waiting Love
I Wanna Be Free
Light My Candle
Ease and Sekkle
Solution
Cheating
Come A Little Closer
Give Me More
Zion Made You Specially
Your Love

Covers:
Let Jah be Praised
Standing Firm
Johnny B. Goode
Could You Be Loved
Three Little Birds
Iron Lion Zion
No Woman No Cry
Natural Mystic
Redemption Song
I Shot the Sheriff
Buffalo Soldier
Wanted Dread or Alive
Sweet So Till