Mi Gaan

Fri, July 27, 2012

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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Norris Man has arrived on the music scene to give you music for your soul. In a time where substance is crucial for good lyrics, Norris Man couldn't have arrived at a better time with his proficient songwriting. From his debut album "Persistence" (VP Records 2000) you can hear his melodic reggae chanting and singing style. His album for Jah Scout Records Limited "Better Your Soul" is filled with sweet, warm, uplifting melodies and sophisticated lyrics. Persistence is what you can expect from this talented young recording artist , who has toured and performed in packed houses and music festivals throughout North America, the Caribbean, and Africa alongside Anthony B. His live performance presents a high stepping, locks flying, solid performer. Listen to his lyrics and you'll hear the versatile and creative intelligence of Norris Man Born and raised in the notorious Trenchtown and Arnett Gardens area of Kingston, Jamaica, Christopher Campbell, now known as Norris Man had Bob Marley as a hometown hero to inspire his immersion into the musical arena. As a young boy Norris Man (named because of his enthusiasm for karate king Chuck Norris) would sit under a tree to write his own songs of redemption. Feeling music within him, Norris could not ignore his gift of singing and performing. In the Kingston dancehalls of his youth, older sound boys would hoist ten year-old Norris on top a Guiness box and hand him the mic to stir up the dance. Such experiences lit the musical fire for this ghetto youth. From there his musical journey began. As he matured, Norris Man gained the respect of sound-systems throughout the city with his unique toasting and singing style. By age 22, he began recording songs in some of Kingston's most reputable recording studios such as Black Scorpio, Leggo, and Celestial Sounds Studio. By the mid-nineties, Norris found himself fully committed to his faith as a Rastafarian, wherein he experienced a shift in his consciousness to a higher spiritual and musical level. He created lyrical content that became more potent, more socially uplifting, and more meaningful. With this devotion, he recorded "Love and Affection" at Buju Banton's Cellblock studio. From there, Norris Man went on to Celestial Sounds Studio to record "Congo Shanty" and "Ever-living Soul" at which time he met some of his most prolific producers to date: Iley Dread of Kings of Kings, Richard "Bello" Bell of Star Trail Records and Colin McGregor of Jah Scout Records. During this period, Norris Man, with the assistance of Cordel "Skatta" Burrell's golden touch on the mixing board, recorded his groundbreaking songs: "Persistence", "Hold Onto Your Faith", and "Bad Road" all on the "Persistence" album. At Sting 98 (Jamaica s biggest dancehall show) Norris Man performed "Persistence", his biggest hit in the dancehall market so far. Likewise, the songs "Hold Onto Your Faith" and "Bad Road" are revered as reggae anthems. Norris Man's new album "Better Your Soul" takes you into many realms. Songwriting and his creative melodic style are valuable tools for keeping his songs authentic and innovative. He uses his talent on all tracks to convey his faith into conscientious and inspiring songs about life, love and liberation. Norris Man demonstrates his eclectic and varied vocal styles with his collaborations with executive producer Colin McGregor of Jah Scout Records, producer Rankin Scroo of Crucial Youth Productions, hip hop artist Money B from Digital Underground, and producer Dia Fearon of Builder's Music. Ranging from Rastaman chanting and singing to R&B flavored love songs and hip hop grooves, "Better Your Soul" shows there is no limit to this artist's musical exploration. ... ..NORRIS MAN
Mi Gaan
Mi Gaan
Blending acoustic instrumentation with electronic, Mi Gaan's sound is fresh and contemporary, while still maintaining the soul and the roots. The youthful energy flowing out of Mi Gaan's founding members, Jeremy Gray and Justin Macri, is contagious. Jeremy plays drums with a fierceness and Justin holds the baseline super-tight. They are a drum and bass duo, following greatly in the tradition of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The rhythms are solid and on the one. Classic roots, modern roots, lovers' rock, dub, dancehall, it's all good.

Without exaggeration, Mi Gaan is probably the tightest reggae rhythm section outside of Jamaica and one of the tightest period, destined for worldwide acclaim. But Mi Gaan doesn't stop at reggae; they also flow with R&B, Hip-Hop, African, Blues and other musical genres of the Beat Diaspora.

Mi Gaan's musical influences include Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Itals, Culture, Midnite, Anthony B, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Run D.M.C., Nas, Erykah Badu, Macy Grey, and others.

Mi Gaan has collaborated with numerous reggae artists and vocalists such as Clinton Fearon of the Gladiators, Norrisman, Messenjah Selah, Jah Thunder Wisdom, Luv Fyah and Fred-I, Laza Morgan. They have also played with Karamo Susso, Senegalese kora extraordinaire, Big Black, world famous percussionist, and New Soul artists Avasa Campbell and Matty Love. They have also toured with Norrisman and are going on a world tour for summer 2011 with progressive rapper/singer M.C. Yogi. Shows with Sage, Hotta Tunes, and the Dub Step Squad are scheduled, as well as solo performances.

Mi Gaan is now pleased to announce the ongoing participation of Kevin O'Brien on guitar and Hotta Tunes on keys and vocals.

Mi Gaan's founding members, Jeremy Gray and Justin Macri, were born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have reached an impressive level of musical competency. This is due not only to natural talent, but also to their love for the music, diligence, hard work, and long hours of practice. Jeremy and Justin chose to educate themselves in all things relating to music. "We wanted to be able to speak the language," says Jeremy. They took Classical Music Theory, Ear Training, History of American Music, Fundamentals of Music, Acoustic Bass, Piano, Chorus, String Ensemble, and Electronic Music Production. And everyday that they play furthers their musical education.

The band is currently working on a compilation album with various artists which is scheduled for release in spring 2011. Watch for this one, it's hotter than hot!!

Mi Gaan pays special homage to Mr. I.J. Internacional, an O.G. of the music business, for all of his guidance, mentoring, and material support since the band's inception.
Venue Information:
19 Broadway
17 Broadway Blvd.
Fairfax, CA, 94930