Tru Believers

Tru Believers


Tru Believers' music carries a message of love, unity, spirit, and rich harmonies that transcends barriers of culture, genre, and generation. If you love reggae music, you will love Tru Believers Reggae Band.


The band was first conceived in 1999 as the Millennium Shockers out of Washington, DC. After performing at local venues throughout the area for a few years, they took a small break and re-formed the group as the Tru Believers in 2003. They have been together ever since.

This group's repertoire stretches from reggae, calypso, rock and jazz. Basically, they represent the essence of American roots music. Their influences range from the Abyssinians, Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, Chicago and others. Tru Believers' sound is one of heavy hammering bass and drums with dazzling keys and clinching guitars. Let's not forget the essential congas that provide the foundation of roots rock.

Yusuf “Rockers” (main vocalist) is the expression of Tru Believers and has been compared to the likes of Jacob Miller. He is also the 2005 WAMA recipient for best vocalist in the category of reggae.

Carlos “los D ghost” (bass/vocalist) unique sound and technique of playing is greatly influenced by jazz and roots reggae. He got his first start at playing bass in a jazz band.

Denatra “mysterious dino –D” (keyboard/vocalist) has astonishing skills which include song writing.

Barry “Luva Man” (drummer/vocalist (lead)) plays over six instruments including the trumpet and keyboard. He got an early start with music as a young child.

Adrian “Priest” (percussion/congas) has an extensive background in music. He has played calypso and reggae for most of his life in Europe and the West Indies.

Kareem “P.I.M.P” (lead guitar), the youngest member of the band, has been studying music for years and has been linked to other rock bands in the DC area.

Without preaching or proselytizing, the Tru Believers sing about the world as they see it and as it could be. They sing about oppression and their history, but the music does not carry a message of exclusion or retribution and as they comment on the human struggle, problems, and tribulations that face us all, the Tru Believers never lose sight of the fact that music is a celebration.


CD - Battle Cry
Release date: TBD

Set List

Selected songs from the debut release plus new songs from the forthcoming record