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Nappy Riddem / Bio

Nappy Riddem

Since releasing their debut album on Fort Knox Recordings in 2011, NAPPY RIDDEM has been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dance floor. Started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem, Nappy Riddem has expanded into a six-piece band, whose live show is engaging and compelling, getting the crowd moving and grooving with a smile on their faces.

In 2013 Nappy Riddem released “The Rock Steady EP” and was awarded “Best Reggae Recording” by the Washington Area Music Association, in 2014. Nappy Riddem stepped out of the studio to focus on touring. They’ve toured up and down the East Coast as well as Texas, Colorado and California. Nappy Riddem has headlined world famous venues like the 9:30 Club and Brooklyn Bowl. This band of brothers has had the pleasure of supporting Steel Pulse, the English Beat, Go-Go rockers Experience Unlimited, The Original Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, and Bob Marley’s Legendary Guitarist Junior Marvin. Junior Marvin also selected Nappy Riddem to mentor and tour with him as his backing band during their 2014 California tour. The highlight of which was headlining the prestigious Joshua Tree Music Festival. Nappy Riddem’s performances meld Reggae, Rock, and Soul together into their unique brand of “Dancehall Funk”.

“Danceable and definitely Smokeable…. This socially aware album is not to be missed”
Natasha Lewin - High Times

"A funky-conscious-reggae-disco-party for the masses."
Dylan Grier - Okayplayer

"Nappy Riddem's “One World Sovereignty” debut is a rhythmic, global-flavored collection of positive-minded songs."
Fritz Hahn - Washington Post

"Nappy Riddem, who joyfully respect no boundaries, instead drawing from virtually every genre of the African Diaspora."
Pop Matters

"Nappy Riddem weave dub, reggae and ’70s soul into their new outing, One World Sovereignty, a worldly mix of sounds derived from the liberation music you might be used to hearing." Dulani Wallace - The Vinyl District

General Info

Band Members
Rex Riddem, Mustafa Akbar, Jon Modell, Gordon Sterling, Charles Flye, Michael Calve
Artist Name
Nappy Riddem
Home Page
Active Since
Reggae / Funk / Soul

Contact Info

Washington, DC
Andy Cerutti

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