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Sons of Zion

San Fernando, City of San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago | INDIE

San Fernando, City of San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago | INDIE
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Sons of Zion received a highlighted article in the August edition of this UK-based internet magazine, alongside the likes of Sizzla. This particular edition was entitled, "The Reggae Warriors- Lyrics their weapons, melody their shield". BlackBright news webpage can be viewed at www.blackbrightnews.com - BlackBright News


I’ve always had a fondness for roots Reggae. There are many bands that use a Reggae type feel and that’s cool with me because I also have some songs with that type of groove. But real roots Reggae has to have a certain level of authenticity to be the real deal and this band from Trinidad certainly has the right formula. They are called Sons of Zion and I’ve been grooving to some of their tunes for the last hour.

Consisting basically of two male vocalists with background musicians, Sons of Zion carry on a tradition that has been vibrating from this chain of islands for many years. And within their music there are many messages of love, religion, and social conditions that many people are faced with in day to day life. I was particularly fond of their song “Ghetto Cries” which not only carried a strong message but also featured fine vocal interplay between Curtis and Andrae who are the heart and soul of Sons of Zion. And with tight arrangements, great singing, and a true roots sound, it is a pleasure to have them featured in our “International Spotlight Zone” column.

So if you like real Reggae music check out this cool group from our most southern island and I’m sure that you will know what they mean when they say “Jah is God, God is love, and love is nice”. Please visit them by clicking on the following link. Then get ready to groove and be moved.
– JJ Rocks
check it at this link: http://www.stcroixmusic.com/?mod=showarticle&column_id=243&article=2
- St Croix Music Magazine


..."Sons of Zion self titled debut album..is an excellent album for roots and dub fans alike"..."all songs share equally important messages and feature great vocal performance from these young Trinis(Trinidadians)."...."These rythms and textures make the perfect backdrop for Sons of Zion to lock in tight harmonies...." - GOSPELREGGAE.COM


Their sound is upbeat, fresh and filled with conviction; but what Curtis Bobb and Andraé Sammy-Guilarte, aka Sons of Zion, have managed to accomplish within two short years fraught with mishaps, is nothing short of miraculous.

Since their emergence in 2006, their slick old-school reggae and R&B infused harmonies have been heard at venues across the country. In March they were among the opening acts for international gospel superstars Mary Mary, alongside local artistes like Sean Daniel, Love Circle and Pastor Angela Williams. They also appeared at the Papa San concert held last November; and participated in Live 2, a live entertainment showcase produced by a popular local television station back in May.

So who exactly are these sons of Zion?

Sammy, 33, is a programmer at Acts 25; the television station developed by his father, Pastor Nelson Sammy, and started his music career performing at church functions with members of his youth group.

Bobb, 27, an HR assistant at the SWRHA, also had his beginnings at church but extended his pursuits by performing with the group Celestial Harmony from 1999 to 2004. He also ventured out on his own; performing at private functions and providing background vocals for artistes such as Jadee and Christ Dimension.

It was on one such occasion, while recording vocals for Mission Epistle that he encountered Sammy and the rest, as they say, is history.

Taking the good news to the masses

Listing Beres Hammond, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff among their many influences, the two claimed that they wanted to set the standard for others pursuing their special brand of music (reggae) in the local industry. They also emphasised that their music was not of the fire and brimstone variety usually associated with gospel music but inspired by real-life situations taking place within the country, the society and their personal lives, particularly the influence of the Most High.

“What we try to do is get out of the Christian box…as in we want to deal with issues, social issues,” said Bobb, who alluded to the government’s stance that the church is not doing enough to quell the misbehaviour taking place within the society today.

“We are part of the church so we trying to put ourselves out there through our music, to let people know, hear what, we understand you going through something but there is a solution. We go through the same things but we know there is a solution, we willing to share.”

The group has appeared at what may be considered “secular” events and their music, which even has some soca influences, has received tremendous support outside of the gospel arena.

“Honestly, that’s what we look for,” said Sammy.

“We try not to just focus in on the Christians because there are more people out there.

We have a message for everybody in the world whether you’re Christian or not and we believe we could help everybody with our music.”

“We don’t want to limit ourselves just to gospel; we want to know that at the end of the day we are just considered as artistes bringing the good news music.” Bobb added.

Upcoming projects

Sons of Zion will next be performing at the gospel-oriented, Youth Arts International Festival scheduled for the opening of the Kadooment celebrations in Barbados on July 29. They also expect to release their debut album this September which features original songs like The Gift, inspired by the strong women in their lives; and Knock Knock, which, according to Bobb, sends the message that God is presenting himself to people; knocking at the door and waiting for them to open up their lives.

It also features collaborations with St Mathew, another artiste coming out of Jamaica and Maximus Dan.

This article can be viewed at this link, http://www.guardian.co.tt/entertain3.html - Trinidad Gaurdian


Discography

(1.)Single: Nah Bow Down (Servant Quarter's Riddim Sessions)- Servant Records Label / (2.)Single: Live It Right (Jah Servant and Friends)- Servant Records Label / (3.)Single: Follow No Bad Man (Jah Servant and Friends)- Servant Records Label / (4.)All I Want (Jah Servant and Friends)- Servant Records Label / (5.)Planted In Zion (Jah Servant and Friends)- Servant Records Label / (6.) Sons of Zion promo Album (Sons of Zion)- Servant Records Label. Sons of Zion is currently receiving airplay in Brazil, Great Britain, France, Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Hawaii, New Zealand, Cayman Islands, Netherlands, Finland, United States, Belgium and Kenya.

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Sons of Zion are one of the most prolific duos in the conscious Reggae movement...... creators of what they like to call, "Soul Roots Reggae". Coming from the beautiful twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, they emerged in the latter half of 2006, helping in the musical and spiritual influence of roots reggae, while cultivating their role as spiritual messengers.

Sons of Zion combination of Positive & Biblical principles and up-to-the-minute rhythms made their hard line approach more palatable. As brilliant and passionate performers, Sons of Zion are breaking boundaries, appealing to those looking for something new, music with depth.

Also very close to their heart is the native music of Trinidad and Tobago, Soca, a very fast paced infectious style that you can't help but move along with… What separates Sons of Zion from the rest, besides their music and vocal sound, is their willingness to learn from others and remain humble in everything they do, realising that we are all human beings, and we are no better than anyone no matter where our level of status reaches. Sons of Zion brings a message of love, hope, encouragement, strength, faith and that Jah is real and wishes to have a loving friendship with us all through the message of Jesus Christ His only Son, no matter who you are.

To book Sons of Zion for any event in your city, contact us by calling 1-868-765-2407 or 1-868-387-4500. Or you can email us at sonsofzion@gmail.com. You can also contact us at our webpages at www.facebook.com/sonsofzion, www.myspace.com/sonsofzion , www.reverbnation.com/sonsofziontt and we are also on twitter. Blessings & 1love^.

Websites:
http://www.myspace.com/sonsofzion
http://www.reverbnation.com/sonsofziontt
http://www.facebook.com/sonsofzion
http://twitter.com/SonsofZion
http://www.youtube.com/user/sonsofziontt
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Sons+Of+Zion
http://www.last.fm/user/sonsofzion
http://www.sonsofzion.ning.com