Lazo

Lazo

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandWorldReggae

Juno* Award winner/Top Reggae Performer LAZO! exudes a “feel-good” vibe through his combination of roots reggae riddims, beautiful melodies, conscious lyrics, and his uncanny ability to connect with his audience.

Biography

Lazarus J. Finn (Lazo) began his music career at 15 years of age with a band called Black Blood, whose very first album charted #2 and received extensive airplay in the Caribbean. Soon after immigrating to Canada, Lazo formed his own band, Unity, to showcase his original compositions. Upon relocating to Toronto, he created The Lazo Band, and released the well-received recording, "Satisfaction Guaranteed". Lazo subsequently produced two solo CDs: "Something Real" (nominated for a Juno Award in 1995) and “Impetus”, for Washington D.C. based RAS records (Lazo was the first Canadian artist signed to that label).

“Impetus” is such a strong effort that it was the first independent album to chart on Vancouver’s Z95.3 (TOP 30) and was scooped up by the Washington DC based RAS records, becoming the first Canadian artist to be signed by the label. Lazo’s music video, “Crucial”, produced by Video Fact and RAS Records reached #3 on the charts in Guyana, South America and received extensive play on CSN (Caribbean Satellite Network), as well rotating on America’s BET (Black Entertainment Television).

Honoured with awards from industry peers, Lazo was chosen as the Top Reggae Performer of the Year from the internationally recognized Canadian Reggae Music Awards and along with many Juno (Canadian equivalent to the Grammy) nominations; he garnered a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording for his “Heart and Soul” CD. The optimism shared from his beautiful composition, “Love Is on Your Side” captured a Juno nomination as did another album “Something Real” in 1995.

Lazo's new release, "Passin Thru" ( Y.T. Records 2010), brings out the best in Lazo and is a true testament to his song-writing abilities, a must for industry and fans alike. Available now at LazoMusic.com

Affectionately embraced year after year as the festival crowd favorite Lazo's nickname, "Mr. Sunfest" is well deserved- Artistic Director "Alfredo Caxaj" recently touted…"Is it any wonder we’ve invited him back for a 15th year in a row?"

Lazo tours tirelessly throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. His list of international venues & festivals is ever growing, (i.e. Brazil’s Carnaval de Salvador, El Salvador, Argentina...)

In 2010, Lazo toured the United States and South America as a member of the world renowned Wailers, (Bob Marley's original backup band featuring Aston "Family-Man" Barrett on bass, and the legendary Keith Sterling on keys.)

In addition, Lazo fronts for Craig Martin's Classic Albums Live: Bob Marley - Legend performing at venues such as Hard Rock Cafe, House of Blues, and theatres across the US and Canada. Craig recently commented to a fan, " Lazo has always been an exception to the rule- I can't control him, and yet I can't see me doing the show without him."

EXODUS- The Amazing Tribute to Bob Marley is Lazo's tribute show to Bob Marley is a MUST SEE.

FANS SAY...
" I just wanted to say as a lifelong Bob Marley fan, I was thrilled to have
the opportunity to see the Legends show... you really capture
the vibe and sound of the legend himself- it was incredible. Every aspect was
great from the incredible guitar solos to the beautiful back up singers.
I have heard 101 Marley covers and I felt not only did you capture the
sound but also the mannerisms of Bob you exude the love you have for him
and his music." Phill McVeigh

Lyrics

SERIOUS TIMES

Written By: L. JnoFinn

Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Serious times, (These are)
Serious times, (We living in)

Take a look around- (tell me)
What do you see?
Everwhere people they fighting
to be free,
From economic and mental slavery.
Take a look around- (tell me)
What do you see?
Man, Woman, and child searching
for love desperately.

Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in),
(These are)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)

Knowledge is the key to set the oppressed free.
Knowledge is the key to save humanity.

Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in),
(These are)
Serious times, Serious times,
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)

The measure ye met shall be measured to you.
Do unto others as you’d have them do to you.
Give a little love, I’m gonna-
tell you why.
I’ts the only way we gonna get by.

Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in),
(These are)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
(Talking bout)
Serious times, Serious times,
(We living in)
Talking...

SUNFEST

Written By: L. JnoFinn

Sunfest- Everybody love Sunfest.
Sunfest- They coming to Sunfest. (Yeah)
Sunfest- Everybody love Sunfest.

Sunfest- We Jammin at Sunfest.

London Town- Queen Victoria Park.
So many people from all walks of life.
London City- Queen Victoria Park.
A cultural experience you can’t deny.
(No way)

Imma talking ‘bout Sunfest.
Everybody love Sunfest. (Yeah)
Sunfest- They coming to Sunfest.
(every year)
Sunfest-The people want Sunfest.
Sunfest- We Jammin at Sunfest.

London Town in Victoria Park.
There is no stress man, no fuss, no fight.
(Yeah) London City- Queen Victoria Park.
The music is playing morn, noon and night. (Yeah)
Imma talking ‘bout Sunfest.
Sunfest- Everybody love Sunfest.
They coming to Sunfest.
Every year.
Sunfest.
Sunfest

Yeah
Sunfest- Everybody love Sunfest.
North, South, East, and West
Sunfest-They love Sunfest
Best in the West.
Sunfest- They coming to Sunfest.
Yeah.
Sunfest- Everybody love Sunfest.
Sunfest- Alfredo love Sunfest.
Yeah.
Sunfest.
Sunfest.

TRIP TO PARADISE

Written By: L.JnoFinn

Someday my love, gonna take you on a trip to paradise
It’s somwhere my love, the people they don’t fantasize.
The air is so fresh and clean,
And you’ll hear the sea waves rolling in
Oh what a scene. this little island in the caribbean.
It’s your trip to paradise
Your trip to paradise

My island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise

For all the good things you’ve done for me
Money, Money can’t pay
All the years that you toiled with me
Money, Money can’t pay
All the tears that you dried for me
Money, Money can’t pay
The love that you gave to me
Money, Money can’t pay

My island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise
My island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise
This island in the caribbean
Your trip to paradise
My island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise

Someday my love, gonna take you on a trip to paradise
Some where my love, the people they don’t fantasize

The air is so fresh and clean,
And you’ll hear the sea waves rolling in
Oh what a scene, this little island in the caribbean.
It’s Your trip to paradise
Your trip to paradise
My island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise
My island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise
This island in the caribbean
Your trip to paradise
My little island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise

For all the good things you’ve done for me
Money, Money can’t pay
All the tears that you dried for me
Money, Money can’t pay
All the love that you gave to me
Money, Money can’t pay

All the tears that you dried for me
Money, Money can’t pay
My island in the caribbean

It’s Your trip to paradise
This island in the caribbean
Your trip to paradise
My little island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise

This island in the caribbean
It’s Your trip to paradise

RADIKAL REGGAE

Written By: L.JnoFinn

(Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah
Well O’Yee)
Reggae Reggae Reggae, Is coming your way
Reggae Reggae Reggae, It’s here to stay
Reggae Reggae Reggae, My people I wanna hear you say
Reggae Reggae Reggae, In the Radikal way

Say this is global Reggae, (OYee)
And it’s coming your way
So tell me what you gotta say, (Oh gosh)
Cause it’s the order of the day
So people I wanna hear you say

Reggae Reggae Reggae, Is coming your way
Reggae Reggae Reggae, It’s here to stay
Reggae Reggae Reggae, Is coming your way
Reggae Reggae Reggae, It’s here to stay
Reggae Reggae Reggae, Give me my reggae
‘Cause I love it everyday
Reggae Reggae Reggae, In the Radikal way

Listen Jah mi seh reggae music come in a style and pattern,
Crowd a people ah go love dis yah one
Jah mi seh reggae music come in a style and pattern,
Crowd a people ah go love dis yah one
Cah mi seh I Papa Lazo pon di microphone stand
Beg you fi pay attention
Seh I Papa Lazo pon di microphone stand
Beg you fi pay attention
Because reggae music is education,
We come to teach the nation
Reggae music is education,
We come to teach the nation
Stop the war and the degradation.
Man Woman Say We must live as one
Stop the war and the degradation.
Man Woman ,(I say)
We have fi live as one
Yeah yeah yeah

We come to rock and groove with you
I know it’s gonna be alright
In these times of global strife-(Yeah)
My people let us unite
Ooh OOh OOh Oh OYEE
Said I wanna hear you say
Reggae Reggae Reggae, It’s here to stay
Reggae Reggae Reggae, Give me my reggae
‘Cause I love it everyday-In the Radikal way
Reggae Reggae Reggae, Is coming your way
Reggae Reggae Reggae, Reggae in your jeggae

PASSIN’ THRU

Written By: L. JnoFinn

Why they robbing and stabbing?
Why they looting and shooting?
Why they warring and growling?
When is pass, (we passin’ thru)

Why they bombing and gunning?
Why they stealing and lying?
Why they cheating and hoarding?
When is pass, (we passin’ thru)

It’s just pass, (we passin’ thru)
Yes is pass, (we passin’ thru)
Pass we passin thru
(Christain, Muslim or Jew)

Pass we passin thru.
It’s just pass, (we passin’ thru)
Pass we passin thru
Many are called-chosen they are few.
(Yes-I)

Why they bombing and shooting?
Why they looting and stealing?
Why they cheating and hoarding?
When is pass, (we passin’ thru)

Pass we passin thru.
Just pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
(Christain, Muslim or Jew)
Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
(So give everyone his due)
Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.

Pass we passin thru.
(Christain, Muslim or Jew)
Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
(So, it’s all up to you)

Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
Pass we passin thru.
Passin thru.
(So, it’s all up to you)

WHEN?

Written By: L.JnoFinn

When will there be peace in the
Land of the living?
And true love posess the hearts of all human beings.

When will hatred become a distant memory?
And Racism cease to rare its ugly head.

I wanna know when
When will this end?
I wanna know when
When will we all be friends?
I wanna know when
When will we comprehend?
Yes-I wanna know when
When will we lend a hand?

Let righteousness reign supreme on the land
Resurrect Luther King’s
“I HAVE A DREAM”
It’s not too late to decide our fate.
But we’ve got to hurry, hurry, hurry,
-hurry, hurry, hurry
Before they shut the gate.

I wanna know when?
When will true love prevail?
(Want to know)
When will the wicked quail?
I wanna know when?

Will hatred end?
Wanna know when
When will we overstand?
(For Real)

When will we learn to respect each other?
Every man must be his brother’s keeper.
What a wonderful world this could be
Living in harmony.
A wonderful world this would be
Living in tranquility.

I wanna know when?
When will we get along?
Lord-I wanna know when?
When will we sing this song?
I wanna know when?
When? Will the weak get strong?
Lord-I wanna know when?
When?
When will we know right from wrong?
I wanna know when?
When? Will the weak get strong?
I want to know When?
When will we all get along?

I wanna know, I wanna know,
I wanna know When?

Lord I wanna know when?

When will we sing this song?
I wanna know when?
When will true love prevail?
I wanna know when?
When will the wicked quail?
I wanna know when?

I wanna know when?
When will we all be friends?
I wanna know when?
I wanna know when?
I wanna know when?

Discography

Passin Thru
(Y.T. Records) 2010

The Time Is Right
(Y.T. Records) 2006

Congo Natty Dread
(Y.T. Records) 2004

Children of the Palm Race (Y.T. Records) 2002

JUNO AWARD NOMINATION
Love is on Your Side
(Y.T. Records) 2001

JUNO AWARD WINNING
Heart and Soul
(Y.T. Records/ Factor ) 1998

JUNO AWARD NOMINATION
Something Real
(RAS) 1995

Impetus ( RAS ) 1993

Satisfaction Guaranteed (independent) 1990

Set List

One hour set, approx. 15 songs
ORIGINAL REGGAE/set list:
Serious Times,
Pleasure & Pain
Heaven's Door-(Dylan),
Passin Thru,
Marketplace,
Sunfest,
Radikal Reggae,
Zion Life,
Sun & Rain,
Trip to Paradise,
Brand New Day,
When,
Spread Your Wings ,
Congo Natty Dread,
Palm Race,
Never Give Up,
Judgement Day,
Crucial,
Something Real,
Money,
Troublemaker,
Herbman Blues,
Heart & Soul.

COVERS/ Set List:
Is This Love,
Get Up Stand Up,
No Woman No Cry,
Buffalo Soldier,
One Love,
I Shot the Sheriff,
Waiting In Vain,
Exodus,
Jammin,
Three Little Birds,
Punky Reggae Party
Could You Be Loved?
Satify My Soul,
Redemption Song
Stir It Up
Roots Rock Reggae