Janjaweed Review

Taken from Cutlass & Cain


Taj Weekes & Adowa present “Janjaweed” from the album “A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen” on Jatta Records. We first posted Taj Weekes the St.Lucian Reggae artist and his song “Rain Rain” a little over a year ago. Rain Rain illustrated his perspective of Louisiana right after Katrina. We were recently reminded of his latest, Janjaweed off of the same album that helps shine some light on what is happening in Southern Sudan and Chad.

Simply put…great song, great visuals and a great way for us to take notice or to be reminded of  a conflict currently happening that many of us tend to forget about…something Reggae music has been known to do .

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20 Questions: Taj Weekes Interview

Taken from Carribean Celebs

Written by Ayeola


1. Can you describe your sound?
It wouldn’t be up to me to describe me … cause somebody’s opinion of me is not in anyway connected to my opinion of myself… I don’t know if I can describe my sound… I know what I try to do is put a riddim to a poor man’s cry with Selassie-I as the backdrop, but that’s about all I can tell you.

2. You seem to be very busy-performing at several major Reggae and Music Festivals plus you have a lot coming up in 2012. I am sure you have a strong following but would it be fair to say you are niche/underground artist in the sense that you are not really known in the region nor featured heavily in regional media?
It all depends on who is interviewing me me and who is asking questions.  I kind of realize sometimes because certain people don’t know who you are it doesn’t mean your underground or a niche artist… some people just don’t know who u are. I mean I’ve been accused of being called a so-called elitist songwriter, and maybe I don’t sing about jumping and waving a flag or something enough so maybe I don’t get covered in the regular Caribbean Blogs. Caribbean people want to listen to a certain kind of music right now and these are the people they push over and over you know.

3. You say you became a professional artist after you left St. Lucia in the sense that you were getting paid for your talent. Having experienced the business side of the music business have you seen any changes back home since your initial departure towards the business side and have you done anything to help bring about any of that change?
I will answer second part first. I have been back to St. Lucia, plenty times and since then we’ve had a musical society which collects royalties for people. It was first known as Heranowa Music Society and now has grown to encompass the entire Eastern Caribbean as ECCO – Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights. We didn’t have that when I was growing up. That has come into play; but also the advent of the Internet has changed the entire musical landscape completely: a man can make his music in St. Lucia, have it on the Internet and sold across the world. As far as taking music seriously in St. Lucia, I’ve come to realize it’s not a Caribbean thing. Whenever resources are limited, people tend to focus on academics, and anything to do with sports or creative lifestyle whether music, painting, dancing; these things are always considered secondary. I think too its based on the size of the country. When a man know you live down the road he cannot see you as a professional or a star because, you know, he used to play foot ball with you around the corner. How can he all of a sudden see you as this incredible human being? So all of this has something to do with the whole idea of the stifling of music and creative industries in the Caribbean.

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50 best Albums of 2011

Taken from New York Music Daily

New York Music Daily has composed a list of 2011's 50 best albums, Nominating Taj Weekes & Adowa's most recent album, AWSK for a spot on the list.

Taj Weekes & Adowa- A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen. The roots reggae star is his usual politically-charged self on this mix of warm grooves and ferociously insightful anthems.

Additionally, the single "Drill, Baby Drill", was Included in the years best 100 songs.

Taj Weekes & Adowa- Drill. Remember “Drill, baby drill?” The roots reggae star savagely makes fun of the idiocy of the idea in the wake of what happened in the Gulf. -by delarue



Music for Occupy

From Music for Occupy

Taj Weekes & Adowa will contribute to a collaborative effort, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement which seeks to  "provide an anthem and rallying cry for the protesters involved in the uprising,"

Some legendary names in music and art are voicing their support for the movement, with a music compilation record called "Occupy This Album," the album producers say.

David Crosby, Jackson Brown, Devo, Third Eye Blind, Ya Lo Tengo, Lloyd Cole, The Guthrie Family and filmmaker/activist Michael Moore have signed on to the project, the producers said in a press release.





Taj Weekes & Adowa Play the River City Roots Fest in Missoula, MT - 8/28

From: River City Roots Fest

Taj Weekes and Adowa
St. Lucia, Caribbean Islands
Sunday, August 28, 3-4:30 pm

Taj Weekes and his band Adowa unite a true social consciousness with an unforgettable reggae groove. Blending in elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity, the band’s vibrant sound defies genre and has garnered critical acclaim and a wide audience across the globe.

Weekes is the youngest of 10 children in a St. Lucian family that was immersed in music. He and his brothers formed a band when he was nine-years old and played around the island. A musician, humanitarian and poet who is a Goodwill Ambassador, Weekes created a non-profit charity to support the lives of underprivileged children in the Caribbean.

The band members include Taj Weekes (lead vocals, guitar); Adoni Xavier (guitar) from Trinidad; Radss Desiree (bass) from Dominica; John Hewitt (keyboards) from Brooklyn, New York; and Jamaican Cornel Marshall (drums).

Roots Fest isn’t their first trip to Montana; Weekes and Adowa performed at the Mount Helena Music Festival in late June of this year.

What: River City Roots Fest
When: Sunday, August 28, 2011
Time: 3:00 pm
Where: Main Street, Downtown Missoula
Tel: (406) 543-4238
Tickets: Free to the Public


Taj Weekes & Adowa Play The Reef in Boise, ID - 8/27

From: The Reef

The Reef...Exotic food and drink

Worshiping the Tiki pioneers
past and present...
Making the Tiki and Mai Tai Gods proud.

Exotica is our religion.

Taj Weekes & Adowa perform for audiences in Boise, ID on August 27 at The Reef.

...our live stage has hosted everything from legends of vintage surf and roots reggae  to rockabilly and revival punk.  We entertain a lot of jazz and especially like those capable of exotic inclusions. Hometown artists are always welcome, we believe Boise is a growing musicians paradise!

Remnants of a peculiar culture that existed in the not so distant past can still be found today in most parts of our USA . You may see a mysterious carved god-like figure standing duty near a torn down nightspot.  We all know that strange cocktail glass that was in with our parent's garage sale stuff. What was this all about and where did it go?

Tiki has been discovered in Boise.  Humble in the shadow of giants, we are inspired and aspire to be grand.  Welcome to The Reef... an exotic place of forbidden drink, fine food, enchanted sounds and worship of Tiki and the Mai Tai Gods.  Long Live Tiki!

Venue: The Reef
When: Saturday, August 27
9:30 pm, Mainstage
105 South 6th Street, Boise, ID
(208) 287-9200
Tickets: $5


Taj Weekes & Adowa Perform at Culture Works in Ashland, OR - 8/26

From: Culture Works

Taj Weekes & Adowa perform for audiences in Ashland, OR at Culture Works on Friday, August 26th. Culture Works is Ashland's newest performing arts venue and organic vegetarian, vegan and raw foods cafe. Their mission is to serve the community with "conscious" entertainment and healthy food, supporting a lifestyle that promotes infinite sustainability and true vibrant health.

The Taj Weekes & Adowa 2011 World Tour is currently being booked in support of their new CD release, A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen. The group will play a cross-section of festivals, events and venues both nationally and internationally throughout the year and will be a compelling addition to your lineup. The band's appeal crosses many genres and includes fans of reggae, world, roots, rock, soul, blues and more. While steeped in the roots of reggae, the music of Taj Weekes and Adowa defies not only category but comparison.

Taj Weekes & Adowa weave a true social consciousness with an unforgettable reggae groove. Blending in elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity, the band’s 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 as well as an independent music industry’s Just Plain Folks “Best Reggae Album” award and Grammy nomination consideration for his second release, Deidem. ~ Just Plain Folks Music Awards : Deidem winner of "Best Reggae Album" Award

Venue: Culture Works
When: Friday, August 26
8:30 pm Doors, 9:00 pm Show
310 Oak St., Ashland, OR
(541) 488-4888
Tickets: $10


Get down with Ketchum’s free live music scene

From: Idaho Mountain Express and Guide

By Sabina Dana Plasse

The start of the Ketch ’Em Alive free live music series is a welcome sign that summer has arrived in the Wood River Valley. Founded and organized by valley artist and resident Will Caldwell, the series celebrates 12 years.

“You have to make every summer night count because they’re precious here in the Wood River Valley,” Caldwell said.

This summer Caldwell’s Ketch’em Alive line-up in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park will include a cowboy country band from Boston, Girls, Guns & Glory, to kick off the season on Tuesday, June 28. In addition, the Irish band Swagger will play on July 5, and the reggae band Red Lion from Florida will play on July 12. Other bands throughout the summer will include local rockers such as Old Death Whisper, The Bobos and Hoodwink. Bands visiting Ketchum for Tuesday night fun will be Thunder Body from New York City and Keegan Smith from Portland, Ore. Taj Weekes, a reggae band from Jamaica [ed. note: from St. Lucia], will wrap up the summer season.


When: August 23, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Ketch Em' Alive 
Forest Service Park, Ketchum, ID 83340


Taj Weekes at Top Hat Lounge


Taj Weekes

at Top Hat Lounge

134 West Front Street, Missoula MT 59802

(406) 728-9865

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 - Show: 9:00 pm, Doors: 9:00pm

21+ Ages, $5


Taj Weekes & Adowa unite a vibrant diversity of sounds with thoughtful, lush arrangements and a finely honed penchant for telling poetic tales of hardship and hope. “I don’t sit down and write socially conscious songs. I write songs about where I place my focus,” Weekes explains. “I grew up listening to the power of the music, the lyrical content. That’s what matters to me.” Though long hailed by reggae fans, Weekes defies simple genre formulas. His intuitive, intense songwriting ties together the many threads of his Caribbean heritage and honors his unflagging engagement with the world as a musician, philanthropist, and lecturer.


Taj Weekes & Adowa Play the Filling Station in Bozeman, MT - 8/20


If it's happening, it's on!

Taj Weekes and Adowa - Reggae

Taj Weekes and Adowa will bring St. Lucian Reggae to the Filling Station, Saturday, August 20th. These artists unite a true social consciousness with an unforgettable reggae groove. Blending in elements of acoustic roots rock and afro-folk simplicity, the band's vibrant sound defies genre and has garnered critical acclaim and a wide audience across the globe. Taj Weekes is an enigma… on the one hand deeply serious and intensely passionate about his worldviews and on the other hand a gentle and humble man with a quick and easy smile. 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 that’s what really matters."

Do not miss another great show brought to you by Compound Productions Saturday, August 20th at the Filling Station. The show will start at 9 pm and continue until hearts and minds are filled with good vibes. Tickets are $8 at Cactus Records or $10 at the door! The Filler is located at 2005 N. Rouse.

Venue: The Filling Station
When: Saturday, August 20
9:00 pm
2005 N. Rouse Avenue, Bozeman, MT
(406) 587-5009
Tickets: $10

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