Germany’s RAGGABUND (aka Caramelo Criminal) consists of artists who came together to lift the local reggae and dancehall music onto the next level. The group’s most striking personalities are the South-American brothers PACO MENDOZA & DON CARAMELO.
Born in London, England, Natty Simz is an artist/producer who fuses genres such as reggae, hip-hop, dancehall and R’n’B to create an original and unique style. Now residing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he is a member of the Lion Heart Souljahs and collaborates closely with the Zion Rebels.
Levi Myaz was born October 31, in St. Anns, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and raised in Belmont, Maraval, St. James, and later in Woodbrook. He graduated from High School and moved to South Florida in 1994, where he was “chosen”,as he says, to pursue music full-time.
Lloyd Palmer hails from the garden parish of St. Ann, Jamaica and was born into a hard working rural family. A mom who is a social worker and a dad who tills the soil. Palmer views poetry as a holistic therapy which can spiritually uplift humanity. Akinsanya is the name the ancestors bestowed on him as an African should not have a Chinese of Caucasian name. He grew up in Trelawny and attended Albert Town Primary, William Knibb Memorial High. Exed and Edna Manley College are some of the institutions that have indoctrinated and influence the mind of Akinsanya.
In 2014 Akinsanya was Installed by Suriname Okanisi Maroons as the Gaamang Spouse of Jamaica’s 1st Gaamang Gloria Simms.
In 2005 he was second runner Up in the 7th Annual Writers’ Award and in 2007 he was first Runner Up in the 9th Annual Writers’ Award. Palmer has released his debut poetry album “Urban Journey” as a member of the poetic ensemble. TUFF TUFF TRANGLE in 2005. He has contributed to “A LIME JEWEL” an Anthology of poems and short stories in aid of Haiti’s recovery after the ’10 earthquake published by Blacklondoner appeal. Akin has released the album “Skyfiya” with his band “The Uprising Roots” in which he plays Keyboards and chants poetry. Akin is currently on a 3years sabbatical from the band.
Akinsanya has released a five track EP DUB TRAFICKKA in spring ’16 on the Junior Wize Production label out of Japan. Featuring Dub instrumentals with his Melodica and reggae poetry called Dub-Poetry.
Avenging spirits of the ancestors, AKINSANYA (Yoruba)