Coming from the sunny parish of Bonita Springs in Florida, USA emerges Jahgape, a roots reggae band with a conscious proposal. A group of friends that unite to create a style of music that will surely take you to new heights. Deeply rooted in Jamaican music, the diversity within the members of the band contributes to the eclectic mix of rhythms that accompany it.
Their influences range from early ska and rocksteady, swinging through the remarkable roots era of the 70’s, to the new wave of roots reggae that is now unveiling throughout the world. Inspired by artists like Dennis Brown, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, The Roots Radics, Israel Vibration, The Gladiators, Steel Pulse, Gentleman, Damian Marley, among others, Jahgape’s music combines the old with the contemporary, creating a reggae sound known as new roots.
Drummer Wayne Green is a veteran Jamaican musician that has shared his talent with many notable reggae artists such as Alton Ellis, Tommy McCook, and John Holt. His drum licks are sure to lift up your soul. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Jesus Martinez, also known as General I, is a versatile and spiritual singer/songwriter. Alonso Wiener is a leading-edge guitarist that brings his diverse musical influences to a reggae platform. Also from Peru hails Enrique “Chul” Romero, a multi-instrumentalist and reggae guru. He is in charge of the keyboards and organs, but he is not limited to just that; you may find him enchanting you with his melodica or beating on the nyabinghi percussion.
Jahgape has shared the stage with artists like Christafari, Solomon Jabby, Pato Banton & The Now Generation Band, and Yellowman to name a few. They have played for very diverse audiences, playing for kids and seniors at churches and various venues around Florida. Last year they played at the Surf & Song Festival in Downtown Fort Myers, an event that attracted thousands of people.
With uplifting lyrics, militant drum and bass rhythms, and beautiful melodies, Jahgape is sure to make everyone have a nice time every time they perform. As one, they seek to bring the message of reconciliation to all the children of creation, spreading truth and positive vibrations.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God"