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Pato Banton and The Now Generation / Blog

Pato's new band The Now Generation

With the release of his new album “Destination Paradise” Pato Banton is embarking on a musical and spiritual mission across all 50 States of America. At the beginning of this mission Pato decided to create a new band called “The Now Generation” made up of different members from the LA/OC area of Southern California.

This group is made up of some of the area’s finest musicians:

Tony Saenz, known for playing drums in the Mystic Roots Band during their time as Pato’s backing band is the only remaining member.

Bass guitarist Mikey Ortiz has worked with artists such as Kyng Arthur, Majek Fashek, Luna Angel, Kiddus-I, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Jah Mex, amongst many others.

Antoinette Hall aka “Rootsdawtah” has been working actively for more than 20 years in the International Reggae/World Music scene. She has recorded, produced, and toured with some of reggae’s top performers; Gregory Isaacs, Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Scientist, Mad Professor and Ken Boothe, to name just a few.

Daniel “D-Lop” Lopilato is an outstaning guitarist and all round musician. Mainly known for his keyboard skills D-Lop worked as bandleader to Majek Fashek, Kyng Arthur and Remi Kabaka. He also played keyboards on Pato’s latest recording, Destination Paradise.

The mighty JAH! HORNS features Beeken the “Saxmachine,” Trumpet Bryan and Eddie Farmer on trombone. This three piece brass section have made a name for themselves for providing a full sound, tight horn riffs and highly energetic showmanship. Over the years they have had the privilege and honor of working with artists such as; Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, Ikey Owens, Aceyalone, Tone Loc, Shinehead, Half Pint, Rico Rodriguez as well as collaborating on a song written for the LA Lakers with Better Chemistry and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5.

At times Pato also incorporates the awesome talents of percussionist Oneko Arika (Kanya, Africa) and the beautiful harmonies of Empress Akua & April Harmony who were also featured on the Destination Paradise album.

Pato Banton and The Now Generation are now making their way across the country spreading the Good News and uplifting the masses with a warm message of love and positivity.

Be sure to catch this all new high energy showcase and become a part of The Now Generation!