Closing out the celebration of June as national African-American Music Appreciation Month, “Free Fridays” hosts popular reggae band, De Lions of Jah, to play a concert Friday, June 28, at 8 p.m. The Jacksonville, Florida band has been dubbed “the best reggae band in Duval County.”
Following in the footsteps of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steel Pulse and Morgan Heritage, De Lions of Jah fuses traditional roots music with contemporary dance hall and dub influences. The soul of the band and lead vocalist Dave “Da General” Philip is originally from Antigua, which is located in the West Indian Islands. Da General is an experienced reggae vocalist who has produced many CDs over the last 10 years, providing listeners with raspy harmonic chanting and soul-moving songs. He also possesses the ability to sing like classic reggae vocalists of the past, as well as chant live. He displays contemporary dancehall styles that make for a very entertaining and compelling show.
Da General is joined by a talented group of experienced reggae musicians that together make De Lions of Jah an overall deep-rooted reggae band featuring original music and covers. The band boasts three self-made and promoted CDs which yielded original recordings like fan-favorites “MUSIC” and “I-95.” The message that De Lions of Jah hopes to spread is awareness and consciousness to the masses, with the sole purpose of uplifting hearts and helping “people to see the need for peace and love” in these difficult times.