Donovan Banzana
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Life's Code of Ethics - Album in stores 10/04/2004

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Donovan Banzana

Singer * Songwriter * Musician * Arranger * Producer

From the artist who stormed the mid-nineties with two sensational albums, World Power and Bonzani, both produced by the legendary Jack Ruby and released through Chris Blackwell’s Island/Mango Records (rated 4 and 4 1/2 stars respectively by www.allmusic.com), comes Life’s Code of Ethics a musical masterpiece destined to take you on a mind-blowing experience.

Donovan “Banzana” Francis’s (Special Ops Productions) self produced album Life’s Code of Ethics, collaborates with producer Nick Listrani and world-renowned engineer/producer Franklin Grant who engineered the vocal sessions, and the album was mixed by world-renowned Grammy winning engineer Barry O’Hare at the legendary Jack Ruby Studios, Ocha Rios St. Ann, Jamaica where Donovan’s career first started. Barry O’Hare has worked with such great artists like Grammy winning Burning Spear, Third World and Garnett Silk. Franklin Grant has mixed, engineered and produced for some of the industries top artists, such as Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Lopez, Alliyah, R. Kelly, P. Diddy, The Neptunes, Blackstreet and Teddy Riley to name a few.

The album features stimulating lyrics, all written by Donovan Banzana, inspiring fearless faith and eternal loyalty backed by diverse musical blends. “Each song reveals the characteristic of a person who steps through life trying to survive and stay on top of his game.” Banzana’s third album upholds righteous morality while inspiring a blueprint for the orchestration of life. Thoughtfully entitled Life’s Code of Ethics, It’s a motivational concept album with awesome melodies and tantalizing rhythms.

Donovan Banzana is the debut Reggae artist to be signed to Jam Roc Records (formed in 2002) headed by Earl “Jr.” Lyn, known in the entertainment industry for his successful operations and promotions of Jam Roc Nightclub, Jam Roc Promotions, Inc. and his active participation in promoting the family owned and operated Nakisaki Restaurant/Nightclub. Banzana stated, “We keep it Respectful, we keep it “Real” and we keep it Rolling. He that has great expectations can have great disappointments. My life is not based on expectations. It’s based on realities. This situation with Jam Roc is real. Jam Roc is a young record label. They have the ability, the facility, the loyalty and the energy. Those are ingredients that people build from. We are building together. Jah will guide us.”

The album’s completion confirms a union between Jam Roc Records and Donovan Banzana. It’s 15 tracks of roots, rhythms reggae featuring: the emotional single Wind of Change dealing with the phenomenal changes inside the world today. What a Surprise, the more they put us down, the more we survive. Woman of Pride touches on a woman’s sorrow that stands alone with nerves of steel always living a life that’s real. Angels Over Me is a purely spiritual song of upliftment, confidence and faith in the most high. World Peace is a beautiful heartfelt song relating to mankind’s condition “if only you could imagine a perfect world with unification from every nation.”

Straight up! Life’s Code of Ethics is a musical gift to mankind. It’s emotional. It’s sing a long. It’s provoking. It’s inspiring.

Banzana’s smooth vocals were released for the world to enjoy by some of the best producers. Peter Turner produced Wrong or Right (One World Records/Greensleeves) Banzana’s first chartbuster hit single, number one on the European club charts and number 35 on the British Top 200 Charts. To his writing credits he wrote and produced “Serious Man” featured in the Israeli documentary Israel Serious and “New York” for the HBO documentary Real Sex 5. He has such esteemed motion picture soundtrack credits as: “Crazy Daisy” I Love You to Death and “Evil Eyes” The Lunatic.

Extraordinary performances and awe-inspiring stage presence has presented Banzana opportunities to open for the 25 European City Tour (Summer 2004) featuring Ini Kamoze. 36 cities (North America) Universal Message Tour (2003) with Anthony B., Donovan also performed with such musical superstars as: James Brown at the Strasburg Summer Festival and the Lorely Music Festival in Germany, Steel Pulse at the Orange Bowl in San Diego and performed at the Bob Marley Day Festival in Long Beach, California, the Hammersmith Odeon in England, the European Summer Festivals and toured with Sly and Robbie and the Taxi Gang.

With the completion of his album, Banzana is very busy. He started his 2005 tour headlining the “One Love World Peace Jamaica Independence Day Celebration” in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (August 6, 2005). He also participated in the Marcus Garvey Birthday Celebration in front of the United Negro Improvement Association headquarters in Philadelphia, where he delivered an awe aspiring performance for the attendees on hand. New York City saw Banzana giving a stellar performance at the “ Irie