One Band International

One Band International

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Speaking for the poor, downtrodden, those afflicted by man's economical, social and political restraints, OBI has erupted onto the scene to praise love and unity through the message and teachings of Rastafari. Through the powers of the most high, OBI shall remains UNCONQUERABLE. Rastafari is Love.

Biography

One Band International features the music of three vocalists and five musicians who came together to deliver conscious lyrics. This fusion of distinctive talent brings over thirty-five years of combined experience to the music industry. OBI's goal is to enlighten as many as possible with lyrics that depict real life situations, struggles, and obstacles to overcome.

One Band International has gone through many evolutions over the past decade to become Connecticut's premiere reggae group. Originally known as the "Lightning Band" in the late 90's, they have opened for some of reggae's top performers such as Burning Spear, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage, Yellow Man and Maxi Priest just to name a few. In 2003, now known as "One Band", they released their debut album "Jah Inna We Heart" which featured sounds from Iyah Phanso, Owen Irie, Barney Rebel and Latissa Jackson with chart-topping songs like "Stand Up, Give A Little Love, Carry Us Over and Jah Inna We Heart". Which brings us to the present, known as One Band International(OBI).

The members of OBI hails from the West Indies and brings an array of talent that makes their sounds rootly grounded. Barney Rebel(Vocalist/Songwriter), is a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica who started out singing in a reggae hip hop group in Hartford, CT in the early 80's. Jamaican born Iyah Phonso(Vocalist/Songwriter) has been immersed in reggae music his entire life growing up in the poverty stricken village of Kingston, Jamaica. Owen Irie(Vocalist/Songwriter) was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He has been singing for most of his life producing the smash hit "Good Morning Sunshine" in 1995. Wayne "Drummy" Williams(Drummer) represents Guyana and brings out that true authentic reggae style which sets him apart. Kenrick "Bassie" Sutton(Bass) hailing from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, a self taught musician, brings a free flowing and mellow vibe to the mix. David "Jummanee" Ritter(Rythm Guitar), also from St.Croix U.S. Virgin Islands, performed with several bands including Roots Alive of New York. His style can often be described as calm and carefree. Addis I(Keyboard), hails from St. John's, U.S. Virgin Islands, his musical career began as a steel drum player in his high school band.He left his tropical lifestyle and moved to the mainland in order to take his career to the next level.

OBI performs mostly original music, but have also played classics from Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and other world known reggae artist. Crowds are mesmerized by their unique style and charisma. OBI has fast become a reggae favorite at festivals and clubs. OBI has also backed international reggae artists such as Junior Reid of the popular roots reggae group Black Uhuru, Johnny Osbourne, Mikey General and Ras Iba.

OBI is not just a music group, but a movement promoting the message of love and unity thru the teachings of Rastafari. Giving Thanks and Praises unto the Most High Jah Rastafari.

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*Warren "Barney Rebel" Barnes

---Born Warren Barnes in St. Catherine, Jamaica, Barney immigrated to the United States in the early 80’s. His experience in the music industry began with The Roughneck Massive a reggae hip hop group based out of Hartford, Connecticut. Barney has also worked with Bass-A-Gon, Lighting Band, Sneaky Pete, Tribal Ritual of Brooklyn, New York and also disc jockeyed at a local radio station. Most of Barney Rebel’s time has been spent in the recording studio – even recording a single with veteran reggae artist Sugar Monoti. Rebel’s passion for the music was kindled by the beautiful voice of his mother, Cynthia Gordon, who was a
talented singer and writer and also his uncle who was recording artist. Honorebel, as he is often called keeps music positive. He recognizes the power of the word sound and the role of an artist.
He is heavily influenced by Brigadier Jerry, Burning Spear, Wailers and Denis Brown. He is currently a member of “One Band”, Connecticut’s premier roots reggae music group.

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*Alphonso "Iyah Phanso" Walker

---From an early age Alphonso Walker has been fascinated with music. His vocal abilities are inspiring and uplifting, motivating many to stand up against injustice and inequality. His style can bedescribed as soothing, positive and enlightening.
Born on the island of Kingston, Jamaica, he found his inner voice at a time when war crimes and poverty reigned. Inspired by the legends of reggae, he was motivated to work with music to help and teach future generations how they can alleviate the problems face by people today. With music in his heart, he endeavors to use his majestic voice as a tool to inspire others to do what’s best for them.
His impressive voice and charismatic performances are genuine, magnificent and one of a kind. Alphonso has many years of experience as a singer and

Lyrics

Give A Little Love

Written By: Barney Rebel


Chorus:
Give a little love, take a little love,
Just a little love. (Repeat 2x)

Verse:
I see you’ve got no love in your heart for me.
Though it’s hard to explain,
I know you could never feel my pain.
Oh ye sons of men how long
Will you turn Jah glory to shame?
Seeking after leasing, doing violent vain things
Let Jah lover shower like rain.

Chorus

Verse:
No man is an island. A few is stronger than one,
Through unity all is overcome.
There’s no time to wait, love conquers hate.
Love is your ticket to Zion’s gate.

Chorus

Sick & Tired

Written By: Iyah Phonso


Intro:
We need a righteous system. (Repeat 4x)

Intro 2:
Tired, Tired, Tired, Tired.

Chorus 1:
Sick and tired from the evilous system
Sick and tired. (Repeat 4x)

Verse:
2004 is approaching.
I know some people are wondering
what is gonna happen,
The way how the system is moving,
I can see the Bible is revealing,
terrible things are gonna happen.
The people

Intro 2:

Chorus 2:
A say we tired, wi tired (Repeat 4x)

Verse:
We have to leave this system.
I can see it’s polluting our thinking
(yeah) They judge the people with no righteousness,
without the people then where would they be?
They are making all kinds of laws that are surely not necessary.

Chorus 1:

Intro 2:

Verse:
Why do you think there are so much crying
because of the system,
And why do you think there are so much dying
because of the system.
Why do you think there are so much starving
because of the system.
And why do you think there are so much bombings
because of the system.

Chorus1:

Wey We A Go Do

Written By: Barney Rebel

Chorus:
Wey we ago do, We we ago do (Repeat 4x)

Verse:
I listen so I hear the sound,
what’s going round what’s going down.
From where I stand nothing can block my view.
Wey we ago do? When we feel, we feel the vibes.
Wey we ago do? So many lies, so many lies.

Chorus 2:
Tell me, tell me, I want to know.
Tell me, tell me, I’ve got to know.
Tell me, tell me, I want to know.
Tell me, tell me, I’ve got to know.

Verse:
Discontent oh the soul lament,
No food, no garment, no money for the rent.
Wey we ago do? Promises never stop the youth them from crying
Wey we ago do? Politics never stop the youth them from dying.

Chorus 2:

Verse:
Psychological blunderers seek to dominate,
keep us divided, full us up with hate.
Wey we ago do? System a grow. Wey we ago do?
When the river over flow.

Chorus 2:

Chorus:

Focus

Written By: Iyah Phonso

Intro:
War on your minds.

Chorus:
Focus.
You're losing your focus.
You're losing your focus.
You're losing your focus.

So much war on your minds
you're looting and shooting and killing everyday,
So much war on your minds
still their hoping and praying to see a brighter day.(Repeat 2x)

Verse 1:
Spirituality has fallen.
Economically fallen.
Morality has fallen.
The children all over there bawling
Sick people need medical.
Children need education.
Poor people need capitol.
This world needs a peaceful solution.
Yes, yes, yes.

Chorus:

Verse 2:
They’re fighting for material power
destroying the people and the land,
Live in Jah highest aspiration
and know it would be grand. (Repeat 2x)

Chorus:

Verse 1:

Good Morning Sunshine

Written By: Owen Irie


Chorus:
Good Morning Sunshine
you light up my day,
Good Morning Sunshine
you light up my life.

Verse:
When you shine through my window pane
you start my life all over again,
Winter, spring, summer or fall.
Oooo yeaaah.

Chorus:

Verse:
Sunshine is all I need
to fulfill my deeds,
No funds, but I’m still having fun
give thanks to you Mr. Sun.

Chorus:

Verse:
Look at the flowers and trees
the beautiful birds and bees,
The precious fish in a da sea

The children playing so gentle and free. (Repeat 2x)

Chorus:

Jah-O-Va

Written By: Owen Irie

Chorus:
Who’s gonna help me praise JAH-O-VA
Who’s gonna help me praise JAH-O-VA. (Repeat 2x)

Verse 1:
There’s a road that leads out of Babylon.
Many say it’s too rocky for a journey.
They rather cruise that big highway.
Where the sailing is smooth
without bumps and bruise.

I see the red hot glow in the distance.
Attracting so many
like moths to the light,
Sometimes they loose themselves in the maze.
And when they can’t find their way out
they scream and shout.

Chorus:

Verse 2:
He who dwells in Babylon is called a Babylonian.
They are, citizens of hate
they don’t have no faith.
They’re those who say hell is on earth.
Well then if that’s true
heaven must be here too.

Chorus:

Verse 3:
This rocky road that leads out of Babylon
is the only way that can take you to Mt. Zion,
There’s so many signs along it’s way
that can lead you astray
so you got to pray.
Sooooo.

Chorus:

Verse 1:

Chorus:

Discography

Jah Inna We Heart - One Band
Eyes On Me - Owen Irie
Past To The Present - Iyah Phonso
Wooman (single) - Owen Irie
Man Do (single) - Barney Rebel
Time (singel) - Owen Irie
Politicians (single) - Iyah Phanso
Give A Littel Love - Addis I
Chant A Joyful Song - Addis I

Set List

ORIGINALS

- Glory
- Sick & Tired
- Give A Little Love
- Carry Us Over
- Time
- Laws
- Satan
- Politician
- Jah Inna We Heart
- Big Fight
- One Band
- Rastaman
- Focus
- Rain
- Wey We A Go Do
- Man Do
- Happiness
- Sellassie I
- Sunshine
- Give Thanks and Praise
- Teach Them
- Stand Up
- Just Like The Rain
- Blessed Day
- Wooman
- Jah Ova
- Music
- His Majesty

Covers

- Praise Without Raise
- Since You’ve Been Gone
- One Love
- If I Had The World
- Stay At Home
- Social Living
- Burnin’ and Lootin’
- Jah Promise

** Many, many more originals also covers.
Sophomore ONE BAND cd release shortly.
Sets are 50 minutes w/ 30 minutes
breaks **