Manager: Michael Brown
What happens when members of Watussi, King Tide and Melbourne Ska Orchestra come
together to create new music? These musicians bring their mix of cultures, meeting on
common ground with their love of reggae and a firm belief in social justice. Enter The Protesters.
Michael Brown, Saxophonist wit...See Full Bio
“THE PROTESTERS SOUL OF THE NATION FREEDOM STREET Michael Brown, saxophonist with popular Latin rockers Watussi, has recruited members from high profile Aussie roots outfits King Tide, Electric Empire and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra for his reggae side Project, The Protesters. Soul Of The Nation, the band’s debut album, is a vehicle for the leader’s songs, most of which espouse a strong commitment to social justice. Brown’s trenchant commentary on the environmental and social cost of the good life enjoyed by Australians is offset by smooth and soulful old school reggae riddims, fuelled by exemplary arrangements featuring a full complement of horns. The leader’s own jazzy saxophone solos lift several songs, most notably ‘Fallen Down’. The funky ‘Find A Way’ features a deadly electric guitar solo. Pat Powell, singer with the MSO, delivers the messages with urbanity, belying the scarcely concealed contempt behind lines such as, “We eating and drinking ”