Taj Weekes & Adowa

Taj Weekes & Adowa

 New York City, New York, USA


Described as "the most appealing and rewarding manifestation of reggae now being created", Taj Weekes & Adowa presents music that is vibrant, emotionally challenging and intellectually stimulating. Their albums have been consistently ranked as one of the top albums of any given year. Their performances - classic, soul-stirring, rootsy, tempos with beautifully enchanting vocals delivering socially conscious


Taj Weekes and Adowa weave a true social consciousness with an unforgettable reggae groove. Blending in elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity, the bands vibrant sound has captured the attention of audiences around the globe. Weekes talent for creating irresistible musical settings for poetic exposures of often-uncomfortable truths has garnered consistent critical acclaim and Grammy nomination consideration for his second release, DEIDEM.

Taj Weekes & Adowa is currently booking dates for their 2016 tour of the United States and abroad. The band's tour history includes a cross-section of festivals, events and special venues. Their appeal crosses many genres, including fans of reggae, world, roots, rock, soul, and blues.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival
St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Mount Helena Music Festival
Blissfest Folk & Roots Festival & Workshop
River City Roots Music Festival
Houston International Festival
Festival International de Louisiane
Taos Solarfest
Lotus World Music Festival
Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival
The Kalamazoo Island Festival
Midwest Reggae Festival

Taj Weekes is available for lecture engagements accompanied by solo acoustic performance. The band is based in New York and provides their own transportation and backline.


Just Plain Folks Music Awards : Deidem winner of "Best Reggae Album" Award
Grammy Awards: Deidem shortlisted for consideration of 2008 "Best Reggae Album" nomination
Billboard Magazine: Deidem listed as one of "Six Essential Albums Heralding Roots Rock's Resurgence"
Houston Chronicle: Deidem listed as one of "Ten Great Albums by Non-Marleys" encompassing the history of reggae
XM Satellite Radio: Taj Weekes noted for "raising the level of songwriting within the idiom of reggae music."


Driven to inspire conscious thought and provoke discussion through his poignant poetry and lyrics, Weekes says, "I write from the heart and I speak about issues that move me. I believe thats what really matters." Always striving to bring awareness to the issues he is passionate about, Weekes founded his charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) , in 2007 to improve the lives of underprivileged children in the Caribbean through sports, health and enrichment programs.

Taj Weekes is available to present workshops and lectures on a variety of topics that encompasses music and social responsibility. He relates his personal experience, inspirations and aspirations as he discusses the theme of how music plays a role in global acceptance, tolerance and social responsibility. As a musician and songwriter, he delves into the subjects that compel him to pick up his pen and continue in the tradition of storyteller/town crier that is at the root of reggae music. Weekes shares his philosophy on what individual responsibility means in regards to caring for our earth and caring for each other as well as how that translates into everyday actions for all of us. Weekes lifes work and artistic expression is an example of how we can all make a difference in our communities and in the world by controlling our own consumption and sharing our surplus of time, energy, and resources, no matter how great or small.


Little Fire

Written By: Taj Weekes

Hoping hope against all hope
row and bail to keep afloat

though the winds grow higher
we light a fire
the winds grow higher be brave lil fire

Easy squeeze brings no unrest
remember to far East is West

and though the winds grow higher
we light a fire
the winds grow higher be brave don’t tire

They say we whispered now we scream
the once polite are now obscene
so a conflict they’ll pursue
we no longer dance on cue

though they grow higher
we light our fire
the winds grow higher
fight truth to power

Hey we whispered now we scream
once too polite we’re now obscene
so a conflict will ensue
we won’t see your point of view

though they grow higher
we blaze a fire
the winds grow higher
fight truth to power

force rules with wrong
till right grows strong


Pariah in Transit (2013)
A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen, (2010)
DEIDEM (2008)
Hope & Doubt (2005)

Set List

Sets are usually about an hour to 90 mins long with the entire album + new compositons being played. All compositions are 100% originals.

Jordan, Life, Lonesome in Babylon, Sad, MPLA, Two Joints, Cold, Crash, Blue, Mysterious, Jagged, Scream out Mellow, Angry Language, We Stand, For Today