Mr. Fantastik and Soul 2Di music Band
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Mr. Fantastik and Soul 2Di music Band

Vancouver, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1998 | INDIE | AFTRA

Vancouver, Canada | INDIE | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 1998
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"MR FANTASTIK (VANCOUVER, BC / GHANA)"

“The main events are the Friday evening (4 p.m. to 10 p.m.) and all-day Saturday (noon to 10:30 p.m.) concerts at Shaw Millennium Park featuring artists from around the world. Some of the headliners include: veteran Jamaica-born singer-songwriter and drummer Glen Washington, who has worked with such notable names as Stevie Wonder, Shinehead and Gregory Isaacs; Toronto-based dancehall performer Razor B, known for the at-home and abroad hit Hot Up; President Obama-approved reggae singer Warrior King; Ghanaian performer Mr. Fantastik, who rolls his circus and acrobatic training into his mesmerizing live show; and Juno-winning vocalist Nana McLean. Other notable artists helping to round out the lineup include Anthony Cruz, De Bruces a Mi, Kafinal, Mello Man and Chester Miller, and, of course, there is also a nice sampling of homegrown talent, too, with Calgary acts Aktivate, Dubwise, Uno Band and The Lost Lemons ready to showcase in front of a sea of Rastagarians.” - Calgary reggae fest


"MR. FANTASTIK ,PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO EXCLUSIVELY ON FAULT MAGAZINE ONLIN"

This last year FAULT Music have had Mr. Fantastik has been glued to our radar as he goes from strength to strength! Graduating from sold-out intimate gigs to selling out the legendary Alpha blondy opening act show in Vancouver Canada , the future is bright for this young FAULT Future Star. - FAULT Magazine


"The new master of music and entertainment live again ,Mr. Fantastik"

MR, FANTASTIK

Vancouvert, BC, CA | 8:00pm REGGAE JAMBOREE REGGAE MUSIC LIVE ON THE STRIP OF GRANVILLE STREET ONCE MORE.. BRINGING BACK THE VIBES FOR LIVE VENUE IN VANCOUVER RJ FIRST INSTALMENT WILL BE AT STUDIO RECORDS HOPE TO WITH SOME OF VANCOUVER LEADING REGGAE ACTS AND TALENT IN THAT GENRE OF REGGAE DANCEHALL MUSIC .. COME SHOW YOU SUPPORT FOR LOCAL REGGAE ENTERTAINER AND MUSICIANS . - Granville entertainment


"Run away with Africa Soul Train Circus"

ejoice! The circus is coming to town.

But this one is a little unique. Africa Soul Train Circus is a collaboration between two seasoned circus professionals — one from Ghana and the other from B.C.

"We're animal free and acrobat friendly," laughs B.C. organizer and performer Marley Skye.

The circus' show uses aerial rope and hoops, African bowl spinning and human pyramids to keep people on the edge of their seats.

Five performers are bringing their show to Whistler wtih Africa Soul Train Circus performing at the Garibaldi Lift Company on Friday, Jan. 30 at 9 p.m.

Music by Spanish reggae artist Newlyon Nayen and Mr. Fantastik, performing roots and dancehall reggae, will open the show before the acrobatics gets underway. DJing will continue until late.

"We're promising a great night out," Skye says.

Skye founded his own Pheonix Farm Circus School on Salt Spring Island, just one of his projects since becoming a circus acrobat in Vancouver in 2008.

The show is more than performance, however. There is a very serious mission to change lives behind it.

Skye has teamed up with Ghanaian circus performer Mr. Fantastik to co-found African Soul Train Circus in order to raise money to build an international circus school to work with impoverished children on Ghana's Cape Coast. Plans for Africa Soul Train Circus School can be seen on its website www.astcsghana.org.

The organizers are also partnering with the NGO Hoops Care International, which was set up in 2008 in Ghana to "empower youth through sports."

Skye explains: "Our tour is about raising awareness for that, finding sponsorships, finding interested people who want to help with this project and promoting it. We've been stopping in a lot of different communities on the tour and teach a circus camp, give kids and family a chance to hang out with circus folk."

He adds that the Ghana project is new, in its pilot phase, and this is their first tour. They are visiting 10 communities in January and February.

"About two months ago we started talking and decided that we should do this project because it was really important," Marley says.

He added that his partner in the project was a homeless orphan himself.

"Mr. Fantastik grew up on the streets of Ghana as an acrobat. There is a ton of acrobat talent in Africa, in Cape Coast and that area and that is where he's from. He came from busking on the streets as a five-year-old street performer, to performing on international stages all over the world. He's now living in Canada," Marley says.

But what will the Ghanaian youngsters get out of it? Marley says he wants them to pick up the acrobatic skills in an organized way, but also learn the aerial performance style he uses himself, as there is nothing like that in the country at the moment.

Marley notes there is no international circus school in Ghana and adds that they want to eventually establish such schools across Africa.

"We want to encourage them, to give them the means and support to become international artists. Cavalia, the big horse and circus production, just brought a number of talent from Ghana and created a big acrobatic troupe and it's now a huge part of their show," he says.

"It shows so much power and gives so much strength and hope. There is so much dance there and musical traditions that draw on acrobatics, too."

Land in Ghana has already been donated to the project.

Marley believes it will only take $20,000 to get the entire project up and running, teaching 30 to 50 students.

He and his collaborators plan to fly out to Cape Coast at the beginning of March to get things underway. They will make a documentary of their efforts to establish the school.

Then the team will establish local contacts to sponsors and other stakeholders.

"We're going to check the land out and start laying the foundation stones for the school. We will be there for six weeks in our first go to get it off the ground," Marley says. "We are already recording as we go, but we'd like to pull it all together."

Marley agrees that this is a grassroots project of international proportions.

"It is. We're supporting our project with our own personal finances and booking the tour. Communities have been helping and we've been teaching kids, and then there is the show in the evening," he says.

"I wish we could raise the whole $20,000 this way, but we are going to have to talk to sponsors and people who are interested in the project to see what they can commit and just keep talking about it. And I will be applying for grants and funding." - Pique news magazine


"Africa Soul Train Circus arrives January 19"

Africa Soul Train Circus arrives January 19
Africa Soul Train Circus
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Wednesday, January 14 2015
The Africa Soul Train Circus is steaming in to Gabriola this coming Monday.

They are fundraising to fund the building of a circus school for ghetto youth in Cape Coast, Ghana.

The African Soul Train Circus will be touring communities in the lower mainland, Vancouver, Victoria, The Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler from January 16th-Febuary 1st, 2015.

African Soul Train Circus will be offering afternoon circus classes and camps for all ages, and evening shows featuring slideshow presentations of their circus school fundraising project in Ghana, a world class circus show with African tumbling, bowl spinning, aerial acrobatics, and much more, followed by live music and dancing. Don’t miss this train!

Africa Soul Train Circus is an international circus company founded as a partnership between Ghana-born Mr. Fantastik and Canada-born Marley Huel, aka Marley Skye.

Inspired by each other’s visions to build circus schools for youth, Skye and Fantastik began creating a non-profit; Africa Soul Train Circus School. The first school will be built and run in Cape Coast, Ghana.

As the school grows and funding increases, outreach centers will be established across Ghana, and then throughout Africa.” (www.astcsghana.org)

The circus troupe’s goal is to raise $20,000 by March 1, and then fly to Cape Coast to begin building the school.

Land has been offered for them to develop in Ghana, and to secure the finances to build, they are searching for sponsors, as well as producing fundraising events

To find out more connect to www.astcscanada.org. - Gabriola Sounder news


"Victoria's Ska & Reggae Festival Line-up Announcement"

Here is the line-up!

TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS (Jamaica)

DUB FX (Australia)

THE BLACK SEEDS (New Zealand)

WESTERN STANDARD TIME SKA ORCHESTRA (Los Angeles, USA)

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA (Victoria)

ORQUESTRA BRASILEIRA DE JAMAICANA (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

AMY EXTRAVAGANZA (featuring members of The Ballantynes, The Tranzmitors, Boomshack and more)- (Vancouver/Nanaimo)

MIKEY DANGEROUS (Canada/Jamaica)

DOPE SODA (Nanaimo)

NINJASPY (Vancouver)

THE LEG UP PROGRAM (Victoria)

THE FABULOUS LO LO (of The Kingpins)

BOCCE AVOCADO (Victoria)

ENTANGADOS (Argentina)

ILLVIS FRESHLY (Victoria)

TASMAN JUDE (Grand Praire)

SKARATE KID (Tel, Aviv, Israel)

SWEETLEAF (Victoria)

BLACKBERRY WOOD (Vancouver)

DJ DUBCONSCIOUS (Vancouver)

MUD FUNK (Vancouver)

THE PARTY ON HIGH STREET (Victoria)

BOUSADA (Victoria) THE SENTIMENTS (Portland, USA)

MORE THAN MAYHEM (Victoria)

MR. FANTASTIK (Vancouver/Ghana)

THE PHONOSONICS (Victoria MT. ELIAH (Cumberland BC)

Tickets go on sale at 12am on Monday, April 11, 2016 through thezone.fm, ticketweb.ca, Lyle’s Place, Jupiter Victoria, Tourism Victoria

Cheers!

-JennyWest - The zone.fm


"Surrey fusin fest"

line up , - miss604.com


"MR. FANTASTIK"

Jeffrey Wood was born in an historic Ghanaian former slave town called Cape Coast, known for its fishing, farming and artists. After becoming an orphan at an early age, he took up yoga and joined a centre for talent development where he learned music composition, dance and acrobatics, training for 12 hours daily on the beach. From there he toured Africa and beyond with a Ghanaian/Danish dance theatre group.
Immigrating to Canada in 2008, Jeffrey adopted the Mr. Fantastik moniker for both his Jah Request reggae band and his acrobatic endeavours. His daring, freestyle martial art, capoeira dance and circus tricks earned him a spot on You’ve Got Talent. He takes young and old on awesome adventures with his balancing, spinning, juggling and contortion routines.
KC

Saturday and Sunday, July 23/24
11:00 - 11:40 am
1:00 - 1:40 pm
3:00 - 3:40 pm - calgaryfolkfest.com


"We Rise Reggae Dance Night /Mr Fantastik/Tugstar"

We rise reggae dance party ,Celebrating and unifying Ghana, Jamaica ,Canada and the rest of the world musician and DJ’s in vancouver and BC ,And also to create and build love and unity among the local artist FT DJ LT IRIE , DJ TANK GYAL , MR FANTASTIK AND TUGSTAR

https://www.facebook.com/TankGyal

https://www.facebook.com/mrfantastikmusic

https://www.mrfantastikmusic.com

https://www.facebook.com/TuggyMusic - Wise hall


Discography

Talking
about album launches, MR.
FANTASTIK has
always been successful, he is one of the best performers in West Africa, he had the first album launch of
his career in July
of 2008 and it was a success, he didn’t
stop, he went on with the handwork and staged his second Album (Akumapa) in December of 2010 which was super successful,
ANTHEM album launch in July 2012, READY AND STEADY album launch in October of 2013, WE RISE album Launch in 2014, KABOOM Album in 2016, DANCE HALL KING Album in 2018 which scooped the award for best
album of the year in CMA
2018 in Cape Coast Ghana, He is currently working on the album LOVE EYES which hold 19 songs.

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Bio

Mr. Fantastik is an international Reggae dance hall and Afro pop artist, Humanitarian activist and a yogi based in Vancouver, BC Canada. He was born in a historic town called Cape Coast, Ghana, the place enriched with its own history, music, and entertainment; music and dancing are embedded in their own culture and daily living – fishing and farming.  

At a very tender age, Mr. Fantastik became an orphan and ended up in Little Ashram, a village in Ghana called Asian Fasu where Vedas Spiritual Practice shaped and strengthened his spiritual growth. He practiced all kinds of yoga and focused on spiritual life self-discipline. At the age of ten, he moved back to his birth place, Cape Coast and joined the center for national culture, learning and talent development, AGRO company, where he realized that he was given a special gift of talent, not only writing and composing his own music at a young age, but to dance and do so many circus acrobatic tricks, the ability to feel and play any kind of instrument naturally.  

Mr. Fantastik is a Reggae and Dancehall artist who fuses African and Jamaican influences and blends them with circus acrobatics, a must-see stage show. Having spent many years travelling internationally as a circus performer and acrobat, it is not unusual to see Mr. Fantastik blending his skills in Afro pop music, Afro folk music, Reggae Dancehall music, R&B and Hip hop. With his easy-going, charismatic stage manner, he has been consistently providing colorful, dynamic performance on every stage he has been invited to and grabbing the attention of numerous audiences in all ages and cultures. .  

As an international artist, Humanitarian activist and a yogi, Mr. Fantastik has been straddling the boundaries between Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. organizing the workshops and performing shows and festivals to raise funds to build the centre for national culture learning and talent development for street kids in his hometown, Cape Coast, Ghana to motivate and bring hope to the future generations. This multi-talented performer has also shared the stages with the artists such as Alpha Blondy, Elephant Man, Morgan Heritage, Cat Power, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jose Gonzalez, Eddie Kenzo, Emmanuel Jal, the Tallest Man on Earth, Foy Vance, Lord Huron, and the Cat Empire, Cecile Doo-Kingue, the New Pornographers, Jojo Abot, Alpha Yaya Dialo, Tooth and the Maytals, Maxi Prast, Delhi to Dublin, Black Seeds, Tasman Jude and many others.  

Named one of Africa’s Top 10 Global Stars by CTV, he has showcased his talent at the prestigious venues such as The Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC, Granville Studio Records Vancouver BC, The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC and The Rio Theatre.   

He has established his own musical and acrobatics, dance company, toured and played in many venues, festivals & TV shows, such as:  

Jasper Folk Festival, Corona Whistler Beer Music Festival, Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival, North Vancouver Caribbean Days Festival, African Descent Festival (2018)  

Burnaby Afro festival, Richmond World Music Festival, One Love Reggae Festival (2017)  

Surrey Kids Festival, Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Sound Wave Festival, Squamish Music Festival (2016)  

Calgary International Reggae Festival, Panafest History Festival (toured Africa and beyond with a Ghanaian/Danish dance theater group (2015)  

 Vancouver Reggae Festival (2014)  

So You Think You Can Dance Canada TV Show, Zionk D Kids TV Show (2013)  

* Surrey Fusion Festival, Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival, North Vancouver Caribbean Days, African Descent Festival (2010-2018)  

Forward Festival 2008  

Mr. Fantastik continues on his journey of music, dance and acrobatics in North America with Jah request root life reggae band and has been recording over 60 mixtapes, EP’s, singles, and collaborating with other artists. Recently, he was on a tour to Ghana for radio and TV interviews about his Youth Foundation Program and music, and also recorded two hit singles – New Dancehall King and Ready and Steady that can be found on all online music shops.  

“Life is with my super powerful energy” (Music is food for soul) is Mr. Fantastik’s quote. “We are music so let it play from the soul”.

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