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Volume No. 1 Issue No. 23 - Friday, June 28, 2002
Dominican reggae artist Dominican Reggae Artist
Dominican artist Djate Richards woes audiences with unique reggae beat

by: Thomson Fontaine

Djate Richards is living his dream. He has just released his second reggae album Children of Innocence and is playing to packed audiences across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. The Dominican singer and guitarist have played with artists including Gregory Issacs, Mickey Dread, Izzy Stradlin, Leroy Sibbles and Max Romeo. He has been the opening act in live concerts for Third World, Pato Banton, and Damian Marley and The legendary Wailers.

When not on tour, the gifted and talented artist can be found doing the music rounds in Colorado where he has recently taken up residence. The deeply searching reggae that is played by Djate, much a throwback to the days when the music was defined by the likes of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh is touching a chord with audiences everywhere he plays and he is quickly making a name for himself.

In his second album Wanna be Love he wails "see the light, feel the energy, keep searching you'll see the light....." words that echo with a telling purity accompanied by the stirring reggae beat. Other songs in this 'love reggae album' are By my Side, Shine a Little Light, Baby and By My Side.

Growing up on the dusty streets of River Street in Roseau he would listen to the uplifting reggae tunes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and the other reggae greats that so completely defined such music in the seventies. In 1977, he migrated to the United States but never forgot his reggae roots, and continues to keep the rhythm alive with the various bands that he has formed and played with.

With the same assurance with which he sings, Djate is carefully crafting his name among the reggae faithful. His songs bounce with meaning and his lyrics are always positive. It's easy to close your eyes and drift along feeling the lyrics and sensing the purity with which he sings. His first album 'Children of Innocence' was an instant success and along the way he has picked up various awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Cultural and Original Band in Chicago and Houston. To find out more about this artist visit his website here.

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