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Reggae & World Beat Agency Celebrates Three Decades Of Artist Representation

Fast Lane International has entered its third decade of representation for artists in the reggae and world beat genres. Classic roots reggae greats and exciting new world music artists grace the roster for 2014 as well as speakers who deliver a positive message with humor and humility. The agency also assists venues and event planners with bookings, budgeting and talent buying.

From such a broad base of experience in the market, it can be noted that the business of music has gone through some dramatic changes, especially over the past ten years since the advent of social media. It is the goal of this agency to assist artists in understanding the dynamics of this change and what is now required from the serious artist in developing an audience or fan base prior to booking engagements. Fast Lane is prepared to offer guidance and encouragement to emerging artists and share the prospects of exciting new talent with venues and promoters.

To that end Fast Lane is pleased to introduce new and exciting international Artists to US markets and to foster the exposure of more traditional reggae greats to younger audiences. This year will prove to be an exceptional one for reggae veterans Big Mountain returning to the roster after a long break; the US debut of Israel’s leading world & reggae group Zvuloon Dub System; the change to North American residency and increased West Coast availability of Ganga Giri, one of the most dynamic and progressive live acts in world music. The growing success of Saritah following three years of exposure to US audiences at West Coast venues speaks to the success of this strategy. Classic roots reggae greats Culture (now featuring Kenyatta Hill), Inner Visions and songwriter extraordinaire Eric Donaldson continue touring to the delight of a legion of fans, soothing and inspiring us all with their beautiful lyrics, loping rhythms and message of peace and brotherhood.

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BIG WELCOME BACK TO BIG MOUNTAIN

Since 1997 their “Baby I Love Your Way" (the reggae version of Peter Frampton's hit song) has continued to be the most played non-current hit song at radio worldwide each and every day of the year! After a long break from touring and recording watch for release of two brand new albums sure to spawn major hit singles and watch for Big Mountain in a town near you. Big Mountain will now resume a full touring schedule beginning April/May of 2014 in support of the new releases.

Big Mountain

 

ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM

Fast Lane is pleased to welcome Israel’s leading world-reggae band ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM to our roster for representation in North, South America and Caribbean Emerging from a multicultural middle-eastern music scene, singing in English and Amharic, this 8 piece band was formed in 2006 by the Smilan brothers along with some of the cream of Israeli underground musicians. . "Their sound is organic, fresh, and reminiscent of classic 70's roots-reggae, yet uniquely their own." says The Reggae Review. While the album has a laid back and soulful vibe to it, the live performance presents the more energetic side of the band with a powerful lead singer in Gili Yalo, a groovy rhythm section and eccentric brass highlights. Their message is peace, love, solidarity and equal rights to all. Strong interest has been shown on the west coast with a slot on the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in June. Zvuloon Dub System will make their Jamaican debut in July at Reggae Sumfest.

ZVULOON DUB SYSTEM

Ganga Giri

Ganga Giri is a remarkably energetic and innovative live act – an electronic global roots celebration which features the didgeridoo with a unique mix of natural elements, fat tribal beats and dirty funky bass lines. Ganga Giri’s explosive performance is an authentic taste of multicultural Australia. He has been widely & wildly appreciated by music lovers in many countries including Australia, Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Indonesia and the United States igniting audiences in clubs and at music festivals.

The hot news is that Ganga Giri has relocated to the US and will create his tribal-techno deep earth dance experience with US based ensembles, bringing his dub beats and dancehall vibe to West Coast venues with availability beginning June.

Ganga Giri on YouTube

Ganga Giri BIO

Culture Featuring Kenyatta Hill
Kenyatta Hill continues to make a great impression on US and international audiences with his remarkable emergence as the lead voice of Culture, a challenge he was “born for” and for which he has ably proven himself after only a few years. He released “Live On” to appreciative fans of all ages as a tribute to his father Joseph Hill. The fruitful result is that Culture remains one of the greatest reggae groups of all time – honoring the mission and the memory of its revered founder. Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill will appear on US stages in 2014 with a short tour slated for February/April on the East Coast followed by Caribbean festivals in June/July, Europe in July then back to the US in the Fall.

Culture

Kenyatta Hill
Kenyatta’s performances as a solo artist were very well received on his  recent tour  in Argentina, Uruguay, Guatemala and Costa Rica opening for Nonpalidece.   He has recently released a new digital CD – “Live On: A Tribute to Culture.” Singing the songs of his father – the legendary Joseph Hill – Kenyatta’s excellent renditions have captured new respect from listeners.  Kenyatta Hill

Check them out at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-on-tribute-to-culture/id416570032

Inner Visions
Inner Visions are the most popular local reggae group on St. John, USVI. Says Steve Simon/St. John’s Blues Festival: “…they are amazing. I was blown away by the energy, the harmonies, the whole vibe of their performance.” Inner Visions have enjoyed successful US summer tours and won many new fans. They will focus on performing in the Caribbean in 2014. They are available for select One Off dates and will be on the US mainland in June 2014 in support of their new release Stay Alive!

Inner Visions

Saritah                                                                                  

Saritah’s stellar performances worldwide and in the US including Joshua Tree Music Fest, Sierra Nevada World Music Fest, NW World Reggae and her latest release 2013’s “Dig Deep” have earned her great respect and  a growing international fan base. Saritah will make her third appearance at Joshua Tree Music Fest on May 18 followed by California Roots Festival (May 23-25) and Summer Arts & Music Festival in Humboldt  May 31. She will be available for US/West Coast dates May through June.

 Saritah

Announcement
Fast Lane international and Irie Sudamerica Producciones have finalized a deal to open a booking division strictly for Latino reggae and world music artists. The first artist on the roster will be Alika with others to be announced in coming days Watch here for further updates and the brand new link to a world of Latino Reggae and World Music In the meantime contact george@fastlaneintl.com or Esteban at irieproducciones@gmail.com for the latest news.

Last Updated 02.21.14

ROSTER
Alerta Kamarada
Alika
Big Mountain
Corey Harris
Culture w/Kenyatta Hill
Dawn Penn
Eric Donaldson
Ganga Giri
Heavy Metal Ninjas
Inner Visions
Kenyatta Hill
King Chango
Kora
The Original Wailers
Saritah
Shasha Marley
The Big Takeover Band
Zvuloon Dub System

Speakers
Steve Bhaerman
Swami Beyondananda