Mista Savona

Mista Savona

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandHip HopReggae

Australia's leading reggae and dancehall producer, Mista Savona is known for his high quality production and world class releases. A formidable force on Australia's roots and reggae scene, the Mista Savona Band is a collective that combines roots reggae, hip hop and contemporary dancehall.

Biography

Jake Savona, aka Mista Savona, is arguably Australia's leading exponent of
roots reggae and dancehall music, with international releases under his belt and
the 2010 release of his stunning fourth studio album "Warn The Nation", which
sees him working alongside internationally renowned artists such as Capleton,
Sizzla, Horace Andy (Massive Attack), Anthony B, Alton Ellis, Burro Banton
and many more. With J Mag calling it “Australia’s definitive reggae album” and
the Sydney Morning Herald defining it as “fantastic… authentic...the most
incredible reggae album”, the results are undoubtedly some of the most exciting
and original sounds currently coming out of Australia.
To complement the release of "Warn The Nation", Mista Savona has released
a series of explosive 7” singles known as the “Fire Dragon Riddim” - the first
ever Australian produced releases of their kind to be manufactured and
distributed globally from Jamaica. Hailed as ‘hypnotic’ and ‘irresistibly charming’
by French critic Jean-Marc Lemonnier (Natty Dread), these singles constitute
Australia’s official entry into the global reggae market.
Savona’s third studio album release, the pioneering "Melbourne Meets
Kingston" (2007), is a magnificent 21 track tour de force - the first ever album
length collaboration between Jamaican and Australian musicians. Featuring
reggae luminaries such as Anthony B, Big Youth, Determine, Lisa Dainjah
and a host of upcoming artists, “Melbourne Meets Kingston" has been
described as “a landmark for Australian music – this is the first time an
Australian producer has worked extensively with big-name Jamaican artists
over a full-length album. More importantly, it is the strongest reggae & dancehall
album produced in this country to date.” Jesse I (Chant Down Sound).
To perform this music live, Jake has brought together an incredible 10 piece
band, including a horn section, African dancers and Melbourne vocalist Vida
Sunshyne (whose credits include work with Nitin Sawhney and Lionel Richie) -
and his show is by far the toughest and most exciting presentation of authentic,
raw roots reggae and dancehall music in this country.
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“The best reggae album made in this country”. James D’Apice, Drum media
“A stunning work with a dazzling array of depth”. Martyn Pepperell, Nice Up (NZ)
“An essential Australian document. Highly recommended”. In The Mix
“This 21 track compilation is brilliant…I was stunned”. Jeff Neems, Waikato Times (NZ)
“Australia’s premier reggae and dancehall producer…A major cross cultural coup”. Dan Rule, MAG
“Infectious beats and rhymes…a piece of history”. Planet Urban

Instrumentation:
All band members are over 21 and hold passports.

Jake Savona Keyboards, Sample, Producer
Jordan Murray Trombone, Composer, Arranger
Julian Goyma Drums, Percussion
Neda Rahmani Percussion
Andy Papadopoulos Bass
Baz Turnball Guitar
Rob Tromlett Vocalist
Vida-Sunshine Borquaye Vocalist
Andrew Jackson Saxophonist

Discography

"Bass And Roots" (2000) - mostly instrumental ambient hiphop with a few vocal tracks.
"Invasion Day" (2004) - More vocal tracks on this one, and a little more experimental with reggae/dancehall leanings
"Melbourne Meets Kingston" (2007) - almost all vocal, recorded in Jamaica and the album that established Mista Savona in Oz and to a degree overseas.
"Warn The Nation" (2010) - a second trip to Jamaica, and a really high calibre lineup of vocalists from the UK and Caribbean.
"Women Run Tings" feat. Vida-Sunshyne Single (May 2011) off forthcoming album to be released November 2011.

Video links:
Big up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qfR1mz6KUk&feature=related

Album promo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8TiZrtRhtU