Reggae · Reggae
TICKETS ➜ $10 General Admission
ON SALE NOW ➜ bit.ly/TajWeekes-TIX
All Ages || $3 Minor Surcharge || Under 14 Free
Doors: 8pm || Show: 9pm
Thursday, July 20
at 2720 Cherokee
Taj Weekes and 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.
Taj Weekes’ musical journey parallels his personal one. For St. Lucia’s native son, the youngest of ten children, music was a family affair. He states: “We were always singing and playing in my house. My father was an incredible singer… we took that from him.” By age five, Weekes was singing in church and by the age of nine, he and his brothers had formed a band, The Weekes Brothers, playing in local talent shows, town hall or parish centers around the island. Throughout his teenage years, Weekes honed his musical talents and songwriting skills listening to a wide variety of music. He states: “My musical influences were quite varied, ’cause the radio stations played all kinds of music. There were no formats, so we grew up listening to everything from reggae to calypso to classic rock and classical music.” Years later, he left home to fulfill his musical ambitions in North America. There, he formed his band, Taj Weekes & Adowa, and founded Jatta, LLC, his entertainment company that houses his record label, film and music publishing company, and merchandising division.
His music is a product of his exposure to a wide spectrum of musical genres on St. Lucian radio. His message grew out of the innocent beauty of his island, but it was the plight of those less fortunate that awakened his social consciousness. His international travels expanded his world view, eventually coming to the realization that we are all one, as reflected in the title of his second album, DEIDEM (All of Us). The musician’s attraction to reggae music was not just in its melodies and tempos. This genre of music seemed to best embody his lyrics, which he would later declare to be ‘the voice of the voiceless.’ The songwriter, a self-proclaimed “town crier”, writes songs that speak of oppression in all of its forms, wars across the planet and the violence of poverty. The poet and freedom fighter seeks to illicit compassion for his subject while reminding us that even within the struggle, there is always hope. The humanitarian simply states that love for one another, through kindness and goodwill, will always prevail.
“I didn’t find music, music found me.”