Jonah and the Whalewatchers

Jonah and the Whalewatchers

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From Montego Bay to Monterey Bay, Jonah and the Whalewatchers, led by Alex "Bammy" Shirley, the REAL REGGAE AMBASSADOR ! Bringing the reggae vibes to West Coast dancehalls and festivals since 1990. Voted best band in Monterey County for 2007 ! Thank you for your love and support. One Love, Jonah

Biography

The Monterey Bay's premier reggae and world music group, Jonah and the Whalewatchers continue to bring positive musical conciousness and culture to dancehalls and festivals across California and the western US.

The Whalewatchers have been constantly active on the live music scene since 1990, and are still building on the foundation of a message of peace and love for humanity that is already understood and firmly rooted in the minds and hearts of reggae music fans worldwide.

It's not surprising to see young and old people alike connecting with this heartbeat music that fuses Caribbean and African beats with American jazz, blues and soul to create a very unique sound that is most often identified as reggae. The band's playlist also includes styles like calypso and soca and more modern dancehall reggae and ska and hip-hop tunes which are guaranteed to get people up and dancing!

The group was formed by soulful Jamaican bassist and singer Alex Shirley with some Carmel and Monterey locals in a series of friendly jam sessions, and finding common musical ground to build upon, other members soon joined the band, including guitarist Tracy Chesebrough, drummer John Tallon, steel pan and percussion player Cary Lowney, trumpet, keyboard and percussion player Bill Steacy and guitarist Tony Fusco.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND REGGAE MUSIC LOVERS FOR VOTING US THE BEST BAND IN MONTEREY COUNTY for 2007! WE ARE PROUD TO REPRESENT THE REGGAE MUSIC COMMUNITY HERE ON THE WEST COAST.

-The reggae compilation CD "Skankin' Cali Style" released in August, 2004 is " hot" !! - Represent Music

featuring the Jonah and the Whalewatchers song JAH TALK TO US, along with new reggae songs by Dub Congress, Habanero, Native Elements, Pacific Vibrations and many more! In stores including Streetlight Records in Santa Cruz, CA, StreetBeats in Salinas, CA, online at representmusic.com, and available through any band on the disc.

Discography

the single JAH TALK TO US featured on "skankin' cali style" -represent music 2004

the single WORKING FOR THE CHILDREN featured on "out of order" - fog box records 2005

Set List

originals -

Jah Light
Jah Talk To Us
Working For The Children
Watch The Ride
Zion
Jump Around
Loveland
Spread Jah Love
Heart And Soul
Respect
Gimme Your Lovin'
Ska Twist
Ganjah Talk
More Fire

covers -

Bob Marley
Wailers
Ziggy Marley
Dennis Brown
U- Roy
Gregory Issacs
Steele Pulse
Garnett Silk
Sly and Robbie
Arrow
Buju Banton
Frankie Paul