Oral Fuentes

Oral Fuentes

 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CAN
BandWorldReggae

A cultural blend of Reggae and World Music....Funky Reggae

Biography

Bio

Oral Experience:

The SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival is always fun and well attended whenever Oral and the boys perform and get everyone moving to a mixture of world music and reggae. On one of these occasions a writer for “All About Jazz” Mark Sabbatini wrote:

"Oral Fuentes is a larger funk/reggae collaboration that, unlike Friday's shows, is heavy on fresh material and interactive jams. It's one of the few times all week I see a decent number of people dancing and the only performance I witness that gets calls for an encore."

It all started in the late ‘80s in his home country of Belize. Oral was involved with a multicultural band 'Caribbean Jam', playing for many local and countrywide events. ‘Caribbean Jam’ was instrumental in changing the face of gospel music in Belize by adding their own Belizean cultural songs and rhythm. For this unique sound Oral and the Band were awarded the “Best Roots Cultural Band”.

Oral Fuentes was influenced at an early age by Belizean musician Lord Rhaburn (member of Reggae Hall of fame), and later on by Pen Cayetano, the father of Punta Rock. Hearing Pen Cayetano’s Turtle Shell Band in the ‘80s in Dangriga -the home of the Garinagu Punta Rock, a worldwide sensation- Oral went on to write “Me Rock” and “A-Miche, Miche-nary”. Both of these songs and others have since been recorded by various artists and sang in churches and youth-camps throughout the world. Since then Oral has traveled intensively to Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Surinam, Guyana, USA, and the Caribbean.

Commencing his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Cambridge, Ontario in 1989, Oral traveled and wrote songs with 'The Warriors' rock band and 'Soul'd Out' a soul/blues band, both from the Academy. Their route took them many times to perform in New York and Nashville. Since moving to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1992, Oral teams up with musicians from Saskatoon, playing from the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Calgary International Reggae Festival, Southern Saskatchewan Solstice Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, and many other festivals and cultural events. Oral has opened for Maceo Parker ( James Brown Band), Divine Brown, Ivana Santilli, Jason Wilson, African Guitar Summit, and Caraballo from Winnipeg, to name a few.

Oral first album “Oral Culture”, captures that sunny feeling that we all need.  It shares a thread of peace and love throughout the album. His video “ Whey Natty Dey” has also hit number one for over two weeks in Belize in late 2008, on Plus Television. 

Oral next album "Rise Up" is finish already, but will be release in the summer of next year. The album is a mixture of  Reggae and Oral's Caribbean Blend. 


Oral Fuentes musical styles include Reggae, Soca, Punta-Rock and Brukdown (both musical styles from Belize) with other Caribbean and Latin Rhythms. Oral writes and performs all original material.

Oral is excited to share at your event and to leave you with a cultural experience you will never forget.

Discography

New CD available now: Oral Culture
Buy locally in Saskatoon at CDPlus- (Midtown Plaza and Circle & 8th Mall)
Also at Vinyl Exchange on 2nd Avenue Downtown

Buy Online at CDbaby.com
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Set List

Consist of all Original Material.