Three brothers and their father, an extraordinary Jamaican bassist, are the foundation of this band. They clearly show how great is a combination of their Jamaican roots with R&B and hip-hop, urban sounds of Brooklyn.
Schooled by their father, who also tours as their bass player, the brothers fused reggae with other genres on their first release ‘In the Streets’ in 2010. After releasing their second album ‘Kingston University’ and touring as the supporting act for Collie Buddz, the band signed to Easy Star Records. Their third album ‘Kingston City’ (2015) peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart and featured guest like Tribal Seeds, Kimie Miner as well as real Jamaican legends: Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls and Sugar Minott.
New Kingston is best described as an urban conscious reggae family. Since 2006, the band of brothers – Tahir (keys), Courtney Jr. (drums) and Stephen (guitar) have harnessed their dual identities, in order to craft an entirely unique sound that pays homage to their roots. They dubbed themselves New Kingston, to appropriately reflect the combination of their Jamaican heritage and their present lives in progressive New York City. It is the fusion of these two identities, both their cultural roots and their current home, that guides their musical and stylistic direction.
The band has grown considerably since their beginnings in the Brooklyn basement. Now you can see them in lineups of the world’s leading reggae events like California Roots Festival, Monterey Bay Reggae Festival, Reggae On The River or European Summerjam and Uppsala Reggae Festival. In 2016 they released „Kingston Fyah” EP and hit the road with a national tour of the same name.
Last year they performed first time in Poland, headlining Reggae na Piaskach Festival. Now it’s time to come back and show Ostróda the magic effects of unusual talent, family chemistry and two cultures connection.
Red Stage, 11.08.2017
Mystery Babylon feat. Maad T Ray & E.N Young
Protect Me feat. The Wailing Souls
Coming Right Away
Who Tell Them (Acoustic)