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Sol Tribe is the brainchild and recording project of Anthony Berdecio. Growing up in the urban center of San Antonio as a child Anthony was profoundly affected by the mass migration of West Indian people to his hometown in the late 80’s and 90’s and the music and culture they brought with them.As Reggae/Dub flourished in years that followed so did the opportunities to learn and perform alongside members of this community. These opportunities would eventually find Anthony traveling as a backing musician on two tours, many regional appearances, and multiple performances at the
Bob Marley festival before the age 21.
Eventually Anthony would catch the attention of veteran drummer and steel pan master Ras I Jinga, a native of
Trinidad and Tobago. Between tours performing alongside Reggae legends Tony Chin and Fully Fullwood I Jinga would
mentor Anthony in all aspects of Reggae music and philosophy passing on to him a rich tradition in music. I Jinga would eventually encourage Berdecio to bring his unique sound that fused I Jingas teaching with Anthony’s background as a DJ/Musician/Producer of Hip Hop, Rock, Sol Tribe was born.
Waisting no time the two would plan to bring a group of musicians to I Jingas homeland where embraced by the
local community on the remote side of Tobago Sol Tribes debut album “Rising Sun” was recorded. I Jinga would
stay behind as Sol Tribe returned to the states and began performing in April 2011. The fusion style of the band found it a perfect fit for the new Reggae movement quickly growing in the American underground as they would open for an unprecedented number of acts in this genre in their first year including Passafire, The Movement, Mike Pinto, Ballyhoo,
The Supervillains and many more. In its second year across 2012 and 2013 Sol Tribe would gain momentum as it took to the road on two consecutive tours through California and the Southwest. While on the road they recorded their second album “Radio Waves 4 Better Days” marking a shift in style to a hook driven live sound that only comes from the road. This notable change in style poised the group to be a viable contender for the attentions of the
rapidly growing new Reggae movement.
While continuing to support acts in their home market Sol Tribe impressed Hawaiin Reggae legends and 2012 Breakout Artist of the Year (Pier Awards) Natural Vibrations and were invited to open a string of dates in TX, FL, and LA on their spring tour. This would mark the 3rd run in 8 months and would legitimize their role as a buzz band in the market.
After seeing the boys off to Hawaii the foundation had been laid for the boldest move yet, a 4 month grassroots promotional tour across America!
Armed with a van, trailer, booking, and management Sol Tribe took on the great task of spreading their sound in the many venues, podcasts,and radio interviews that make up the vast Reggae circuit. Over 22,000 miles were covered 60+performances and many radio and internet appearances. Along the way they would would creatively evolve as a string of cutting edge crossover material would be writen and perfected on stage. This material would be the foundation for the third album currently being recorded in CA with platinum award winning veteran Los Angeles recording engineer Steve Crimmel whose long list of credits include industry icons such as Michael Jackson,Talking Heads, Lionel Ritchie, Niel Diamond, Bonnie Raitt, and many more.
Having reached the 3 year mark in April 2014 with a list of credits already to its name Sol Tribe is undeniably among the fastest rising movements in the American music culture today.