|Taj Weekes & Adowa
Hometown: Castries, St. Lucia
Web site: http://www.tajandadowa.com
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Taj Weekes is an enigma… on the one hand deeply serious and intensely passionate about his worldviews and on the other hand a gentle and humble man with a quick and easy smile. Weekes has a chameleon-like talent for blending into his surroundings as he keenly observes the world spinning around him, but the moment he steps on stage, locks flowing, he reveals the regal bearing of a mighty lion, his voice rising from a hoarse whisper to a throaty growl.
Make no mistake, this man means business and he is not afraid of telling it like he sees it. His unabashed views on the shared concerns of the world at large are stated with the certainty of a man who has seen and lived through much… a man with an acute awareness and empathy for others’ suffering. A sense of urgency underlies Weekes’ poignant poetry and lyrics as he appeals to both our intellects and our hearts to take heed, to wake up before it's too late.
Born and raised on the island of St. Lucia, Weekes grew up the youngest of ten children in a musical family. "My musical influences were quite varied, 'cause the radio stations played all kinds of music. There were no formats, so we grew up listening to everything from reggae to calypso to classic rock and classical music."
Weekes soon felt confined by the borders of St. Lucia and left home to fulfill his musical ambitions in North America. There he formed his band Taj Weekes and Adowa and multi-media company Jatta Entertainment. To date, the band has released two full-length albums to critical acclaim, Hope & Doubt and Deidem, and look forward to the imminent release of A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen, a tribute album to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Even today Weekes' music defies category... an amalgam of roots style reggae with a hint of rock, soul and R&B. Essentially, Taj Weekes is a poet who sings to the rhythm of all that has come before and all that stretches out before him... life, his life... from his own unique and complex perspective.
People around the globe are responding to the authenticity of Weekes’ spirit and his commitment to illuminating the plight of the voiceless and the oppressed. Weekes’ non-profit organization, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO), demonstrates this commitment through improving the lives of disadvantaged children in the Caribbean and beyond through music, soccer programs and more.
For more information on Taj Weekes and TOCO, please visit:
www.tajandadowa.com and www.theyoftencryoutreach.org