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Take a trip to the tropics without leaving Tulsa at Reggae Legends! Enjoy traditional Reggae music from Tony Rebel & Marcia Griffiths as we celebrate Jamaican culture throughout the Park. This is a night you won’t want to miss! Other Special Guest act: Imeru Tafari
6:00 p.m. - Guinness World Record Attempt Electric Slide with Marcia Griffiths
6:15 p.m. - Imeru Tafari
7:00 p.m. - Marcia Griffiths
8:15 p.m. - Tony Rebel
Tony Rebel (OD) remains at the vanguard of a musical trend he inspired over 20 years ago- his conviction and ingenuity to depart from the conventional approach to Jamaican popular music; whilst promoting the idea of righteousness and a code of honor through reggae- is what has set this rebel apart!
A REBEL IS BORN
Patrick Barrett aka Tony Rebel born January 15, 1962- first caught public attention in 1984 and 1985 winning the premier DJ competition in Manchester by using a gritty yet melodic style that bridged the gap between Reggae and Dancehall- a style that would eventually become known to the world as- Sing-Jaying.
However, his official sojourn into the music business didn’t come until 1991 and one smash hit later with- “Fresh Vegetable” on the Penthouse Label.
Drawing on his formative experiences in the verdant hills of Manchester, Jamaica- where many of his age turned to the soil- a young Papa Tony, as he was then known; realized just how much time and attention it would take before his musical aspirations would bear fruit or in the Rebel’s case- vegetables.
In 1988 he and then fellow aspiring artiste; the late Garnet Silk, took a taxi to Kingston with the intention of reaping all of the hard work they intended to sow.
After two years of emoting songs such as: “Sweet Jamaica”, “Nazarite Vow” and “Armour”. The rebel began his rise- when Colombia Records came to harvest his talent.
Noting his enigmatic and creative writing and delivery, Tony was prolific during his years at Colombia: double featuring on the Grammy nominated “Stir-It-Up” compilation, achieving certified Gold Status with the “Cool Running’s” soundtrack. 1991 saw Tony team up with Motown artiste Queen Latifa on their billboard busting single “Weekend Love”. His album “Vibes of the Times” shot straight to # 1 on the CMJ charts.
A REBEL LEADS THE CAUSE
In a career that spans two decades -13 albums, several compilations while promoting a spiritual renaissance within reggae. Tony rebel is on his way to becoming a reggae mogul. Not just a musician, but also as a producer, and executive producer with his Flame Productions studio and label. He has also gained success with his protégé Queen Ifrica whose Montego Bay album produced by The Rebel has garnered critical acclaim and commercial success. Together along with the Flames Crew they have formed a formidable touring package, know for spirited and energetic live performances.
In addition to all his other endevours Tony Rebel is at the helm of what was initially his birthday celebration known today as Rebel Salute. This annual reggae pilgrimage will showcase its 20th installment next year and is the Caribbean’s largest lifestyle event promoting authentic Jamaican artistic expressions and the cleaner side of our indigenous music. Its founding principles of no meat, no alcohol and no profanities are still the corner stone that sets Rebel Salute apart and is consistent with Tony Rebel’s healthy living mantra. Rebel Salute is the embodiment of practice what you preach and is an ode to the life principles Tony Rebel has chosen on and off the stage, in the board room or as an ordinary citizen. Though reluctant to mention his organizations charitable contributions it is widely know that a great many children are beneficiaries of back to school supplies, school fees, lunch programmes, equipments as well as contributing to a child life saving open heart surgery. When pressed he responded “give in secrecy and your rewards will come openly”.
THE HONOURED REBEL
Tony Rebel’ contributions within international and local music circles have not gone unnoticed- lauded today as a leader in Jamaica’s “cultural revolution” Patrick Barrett was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Government of Jamaica in 2002.
His social consciousness has led him to venture into areas of volunteerism honoring a complete schedule of; motivational speaking, charity performances and work on various social agenda committees. His selection by UNICEF- as chair for the ‘Artistes against AIDS’ campaign, seemed a natural step in his humanitarian efforts. Rebel’s efforts were in collaboration with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and its devastating impact on the world in particular the Caribbean and Sub Sarah Africa. The project lead to the completion of a cd entitled “Protect Prepare” co produced by Rebel and was used as a tool to “edutain” about the deadly virus. His prayer “Peace love and unity” was adopted as the theme music for Jamaican general elections in 1997, whilst “Jah by my side” a monster success re-recorded in French and Spanish- was the official theme music for the Reggae Boyz run to the world cup at France 98.
However it was the United Nations International search for a theme song that earned the Rebel the personal commendations of then general secretary Kofi Annan. The “Not all about the money” global song search selected Tony Rebel’s music to launch the international year of the volunteer and served as its theme song in 2001.
THE REBOLUTION CONTINUES
Tony rebel the progenitor of the sing jay style remains contemporary without sacrificing class. Today the Rebel sings for the acceptance of personal responsibility-self realization and determination. His themes:- The pursuit of self awareness and the knowledge that the trials of life are there to be conquered.
The longest, hardest, and most consistently working artist in the history of the Jamaican Music Industry is the Empress of Reggae music, the most Honorable Marcia Griffiths, OD, first Lady of Songs, Female Vocalist Supreme.
In a career spanning 40 years to date and still going strong, she hits high points internationally as a soloist and as a duo with Bob Andy, as Bob and Marcia. She has toured the world as a member of the I-threes with Bob Marley and the Wailers. Subsequently as a soloist she hit the Billboard chart with “Electric Boogie Song” and created a world class dance, the Electric Slide. This super star has been recording and performing ceaselessly.