Pato Banton

Pato Banton

 Los Angeles, California, USA
BandWorldReggae

Grammy Nominee and international recording artist Pato Banton, has dedicated his life to uplifting the masses with positivity, spirituality and socially conscious lyrics. Emerging from a poor neighborhood, Pato achieved global chart success but found he had a higher calling. Experience the journey.

Biography

Pato Banton: The Truth Revealed

Grammy nominated reggae sensation Pato Banton now offers his life changing positive-laced performance in the form of a lecture. For musical performances, please visit sonicbids.com/patobatonmusic.

A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten.
Positive Vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience. Pato dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current day events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun! The direction of the concert is totally based on the feedback Pato receives from the audience as there is no fixed set list. Many have said that the positivity
generated from the stage has changed their lives forever. Sometimes Pato invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show, where some have cried while sharing their stories of contemplated suicide, isolation after losing a loved one, struggles with substance abuse and how their personal connection with Pato has given them the strength to “Stay Positive” & “Never Give In.”

The following Pato Banton story charts his rise from the most disadvantaged of circumstances in his youth, through a long and successful career as a world renowned reggae legend, back to his roots with a commitment to work for the benefit of young people in his community, and finally on a mission to spread the “Good News” & “Positive Vibrations” to the “Now Generation”.

In The Beginning

Patrick Murray was born in London in 1961, and moved to Birmingham when he was 8 years old. Pato’s stepfather (Lester Daley) was a DJ fresh from Jamaica and the house in which they lived became the weekend night spot for the local community. Pato was the lookout for these illegal parties, working on the door from the age of 9. In his early teens Pato started to gain his musical foundation on his stepfathers’ sound system called V-Rocket, from helping set up the equipment at first to later selecting the music and trying his skills on the microphone. Patrick would stay up all night entertaining the masses and was given the name Patoo by his stepfather. (The name derives from a wise night owl in Jamaica, that stays up all night, calling “patoo, patoo.”)

By the age of 16, Ranking Pato became well known around Birmingham and would get regular work from various leading sound systems across the city. Within a short space of time, Pato became the number 1 MC in Birmingham, winning the title seven years in a row. At the age of 19 while working for Sufferer Sound System, Pato was invited to join a local roots reggae band called Crucial Music. Within a year Pato became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager, taking the band on tours of the UK and Europe. Pato’s first recording was a double A sided single with Crucial Music entitled “All Night Raving & Sensimilla.” After five years, Pato’s notoriety as a British MC outgrew the popularity of the band, and he was forced to move on……..

The Early 1980’s

During the early part of his career, Pato participated in a talent show where he was proclaimed the winner by judges Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. This culminated in the single, “Pato & Roger A Go talk”, which appears on the Beat’s gold selling album, Special Beat Service. Shortly thereafter Pato performed the hit songs, “Hip-Hop Lyrical Robot” and “King Step” on UB40’s Baggariddim and Little Baggariddim albums, which also featured the chart topping, “I Got You Babe” with guest artiste Chrissie Hines.

Pato’s first audition at Fashion Records impressed the producers so much that they instantly changed his name to Pato Banton. (In DJ circles a “Banton” is a heavyweight lyricist, thus in England, Pato became “The Banton”) His second single, “Allo Tosh Got a Toshiba” (recorded for Don Christie on Jamdon Records) reached number 3 in the independent reggae charts and launched a string of successful projects with Fashion Records, Greensleeves & Island Records. During this time Pato teamed up with top London MC Tippa Irie and under the guidance & management of GT Haynes they traveled around the world and recorded songs like, “Double Trouble”, “Dance Pon De Spot” and “Dem No Know Bout Pressure”.

The Mid 1980’s

Looking for an avenue to express his conscious lyrics, Pato approached Neil Frasier at Ariwa Records and recorded his first album, “Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton” which is still regarded as an all time reggae classic!

Hungry for the feel of performing live, Pato joined up with a band of Birmingham’s top local musicians called the Studio 2 Crew. After a year of rehearsals and shows around the UK and Europe, Pato went on to record his second album “Never Give In!”

It was at this time

Lyrics

My Opinion III

Written By: Pato Banton

My Opinion pt III
(Pato Banton)

Life is what you make it, if you see an opportunity Jah know you better take it
And don’t you mistake it and don’t you fake it no, the golden rule don’t you break it

See life can be a fantasy or a reality, it’s just a state of your mentality
Don’t lose your soul to vanity, it’s insanity, come show some love for humanity

Chorus

Life is like the Matrix, you’ve got to free up your mind and get back to basics
It’s in your genealogy and your psychology and no man can erase it

There’s a natural mystic blowing in the air, science cannot trace it
But I can feel it, hear it, see it, smell it, I can even taste it……mmmmmmm

Chorus

Life is one big game we play, with rules to obey and a price to pay
The fittest survive and stay alive while some just gone astray

But night and day, we hope and pray they open their mind and they find a way
In this world of illusions and confusions, you’ve got to be brave I say

Rise above lower tendencies, tune in to higher frequencies
Free yourself from addictions and conflictions to material dependencies

Be all that you can be and when your truth has set you free
Let your light shine for all to see from now till Eternity

Chorus

So it is written so let it be done
From Genesis to this time of Revelation
Selah.

Save Your Soul

Written By: Pato Banton

SAVE YOUR SOUL
(Pato Banton)

I WAS A DEAD MAN OUT IN THE COLD
LIFE WAS THE PITS AND I WAS DEEP IN A HOLE
JUST ABOUT TO GIVE UP THEN LO AND BEHOLD
A VOICE FROM WITHIN SAID “SAVE YOUR SOUL”

YO BROTHERS AND SISTERS ALL AROUND THE GLOBE
I GOT A STORY “WORD” ITS ‘S GOTTA BE TOLD
TO MY FAMILY FRIENDS FANS EVEN MY FOES
IT’S LIKE THIS YA THIS IS HOW IT GOES
I WAS OUT IN THE WORLD WITHOUT AN AIM OR A GOAL
OUT A SCHOOL AND OUT A CONTROL
SET IN MY WAYS YEAH STUCK IN A MOULD
AND GOING THE WRONG WAY DOWN A ONE WAY ROAD
YOUNG AND BOLD I DIDN’T WANNA BE TOLD
I USE TO STEAL AND BRAG ABOUT THE STUFF I STOLE
THEN ONE BRIGHT DAY MY MIND GOT BLOWN
WHEN A VOICE FROM WITHIN SAID “SAVE YOUR SOUL”

MY MIND GOT BLOWN!

I DIDN’T LISTEN NO I DIDN’T WANNA TO BE TOLD
THINGS WERE LOOKING UP AND I WAS ON A ROLL
I WAS A RUDE BOY AND A ROMEO
AND ANYWHERE I WENT I STARRED TO SHOW
I HAD MONEY WOMEN AND PLENTY OF GOLD
AND A OVER INFLATED E.G.O.
I WAS A DEAD MAN BUT I DIDN’T KNOW
UNTIL A VOICE FROM WITHIN SAID “SAVE YOUR SOUL”

MY LIFE WAS LIKE A MOVIE AND I WAS PLAYING THE ROLE
OF A BLACK YOUTH LIVING IN THE GHETTO
WHERE THE ACTION WAS THAT’S WHERE I’D GO
RIGHT OR WRONG I’D BE GOING WITH THE FLOW
BUT WHAT YOU REAP IS WHAT YOU SOW
IT’S LIKE A KARMA THE BAD YOU DO WILL FOLLOW
YOU AROUND AND I WAS GOING DOWN
RIGHT DOWN WITH MY FACE IN THE GROUND
TWO HANDS BOUND TO A SIREN SOUND
NONE OF MY SO CALLED FRIENDS ANYWHERE TO BE FOUND
AS I THOUGHT TO MYSELF IN LIFE YOUR ALONE
A VOICE FROM WITHIN SAID “ANYONE HOME”
YES LORD! WELL HERE I BE
IF I AIN’T READY YET I GO NEVER BE
I’M SORRY FOR THE THINGS THAT I DID BEFORE
BELIEVE ME LORD I WON’T DO THEM NO MORE
I’LL BE AN ARROW IF YOU WILL BE MY BOW
ANYWHERE I’M SENT I’D GLADLY GO
I’LL BE A WITNESS ALL AROUND THE WORLD
TO EVERY MAN EVERY WOMAN EVERY BOY AND GIRL

‘CAUSE I WAS BORN IN THE GHETTO WHERE THE STRONG SURVIVE
AND WITH A WILL TO STRIVE I BEGAN TO RISE
FROM SEVENTY NINE OR WAS IT SEVENTY FIVE
WHEN REGGAE MUSIC BEGAN TO OPEN MY EYES
ABOUT THE TRUTH THE RIGHTS AND JAH THE MOST HIGH
AND HOW TO ACHIEVE THAT LITTLE PIE IN THE SKY
INSPIRITED? YEAH I WAS TOTALLY MOTIVATED
TO THE POINT WHERE I DECIDED TO CHAT THE MIKE
BUT MY DIRECTION WAS NOT TO ONLY THOSE OF MY COMPLEXION
BUT THE BROWN YELLOW RED AND WHITE MAAN
CRITICS CRITICIZE CYNICS CYNICIZE
ANY ENTERTAINER WITH A MESSAGE THEY VICTIMISE
BUT IN THIS WORLD OF SIN IT’S NO SURPRISE
SO WITH THE MEDIA I SYMPATHISE
I HEAR THE RICH MANS LAUGHTER HEAR THE POOR MANS CRIES
HYPOCRITES ADVERTISE THEIR LIES THROUGH THEIR EYES
EVERYONE'S BORN MOST OF US DIE
BUT ONLY GODS CHILDREN GET THE PRIZE
DON’T BE A FOOL BE COOL COME ON AND GET WISE
YEAH WISE UP! NO COMPROMISE
AND LISTEN TO THE VOICE THAT RESIDES WITHIN YOUR MIND
CAUSE GOD HAS SENT A GUIDE TO ALL MANKIND
THE CHOICE IS YOURS LIFE ABOVE OR DEATH BELOW
IT’S UP TO YOU TO SAVE YOUR SOUL

Heal This World

Written By: Pato Banton, I-Levi & cootdog

Heal This World
(Pato Banton ASCAP, L Williams (G.Y.O. Records) & D.Wyman / Stay Positive Publishing ASCAP)

Wake up a new day is dawning
Gather up the people make we cease the waring now
Let’s stop the gun shot the bombing
Blood is overflowing and the earth is calling out
Yes Mama Earth is in a state of emergency
Pollution of the air the land and seas
The planetary ozone is like a warzone
And it affects us globally
Yes we need a better infrastructure
Renewable energy and agriculture
Plants seeds give back to nature
We need to do it sooner rather than later

Let’s get together now. Let’s get together now
Let’s get together now and heal this world

Yo, I’m feelin’ pain as deep as it can get
We can bleed & sweat, need to give the people self-respect
We ain’t leavin’ yet
Need to get together, make it better
From now until forever change the weather
And never say never ‘cause we can conquer whatever we wanna do
It don’t take a crew, just a little piece of me and you
There’s natural solutions, we need to try them
By using the alternative resources like HEMP
Bless the little youths dem, and guide them on their way
We can fix tomorrow for ‘em if we recognize today
We can heal this world, I know it ain’t that tough
Remember one world is enough… ROUGH!

Chorus

Calling all school teachers all green peacers
All truth preachers and all peace keepers yow
We’re sending out an SOS
To all international leaders
Now I say rise up all you fallen soldiers
Stand up unite bring down all borders
Bless the youth with food and shelter
Stop the genocide and make life better now
We gotta start with a solid foundation
Based on worldwide cooperation
That’s the only way to change the situation
And make it better for the next generation
Join hands cause the time has come
Children of the earth daughters and sons
No matter who you are or where you’re from
Creation is one so love one another

Let’s get together now. Let’s get together now
Let’s get together now and heal this world

Creation is one so love one another....!

Discography

Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton - 1986
Never Give In - 1987
Visions of the World - 1989
Wize Up! (No Compromize) - 1990
Mad Professor Recaptures Pato Banton - 1990
Live & Kickin' All over America - 1991
Universal Love - 1992
Collections [Virgin] - 1995
The Best of Pato Banton - 2001
Life Is A Miracle - 2001
Live at Maritime Hall: San Francisco -2001
Go Pato - 2002
The Words of Christ - 2006
Positive Vibrations - 2007
The Words of Christ II - 2008
Destination Paradise - 2008

Set List

Good News
One World Is Enough
Now Generation
Gwarn
Light & Life
No Worry You Mind
Jammin’
Go Pato
Niceness
Service
Jah Love Will Carry Us
Stay Positive
Heal This World
Don’t Sniff Coke
Got To Keep Moving On
Life is a Miracle
My Opinion
Never Give In
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