I got the call from management that I was booked as one of the main acts at The Singapore Night Festival's "Home Grown" show and knew I wanted to bring to the Lion City audience a blend of Reggae, Hiphop and Dancehall music. I met up with Dubskank'in Hifi's (local Reggae Sound System) DJ Rumshot and found that he had recently put together a Reggae band playing acoustic gigs around the island. We got everyone together one late night at Epic Studios in the ever notorious Geylang and it was love at first...sound. Masia One & The Irietones was formed. A 100% Singapura Reggae band with members that share the love of the music and vibe.
THE IRIETONES are...
Drums /// Firmann aka Rumshot
Guitar & vocals /// Izzat "Director" Yusoff
Guitar 2 /// Iskanda "Ska Man"
Bass /// Faizal
Saxophone /// Danial Arun
Keyboard /// Dimaz "Beast" Permana
Percussion & back up vocals /// Fid
Upon moving to Singapore, I began missing Dancehall Jams of New York (BNM at Happy Endings anyone?) Reggae coolouts in Toronto (Connected Big up!) - and the endless video light street parties in Jamaica (Weddy Weddy!). The infectious dancehall rhythm paired with the crazy movements seemed to have been replaced by the daily up and down travel on Singapore's MRT escalators. You can imagine my excitement to find that Dancehall exists!!! in the form of dance classes happening at several studios around the city. There I met members of the Ragga Wacka Dancers, a crew of ultra talented bashment ladies that are all amazing teachers. I felt strongly their talent should be showcased on the big stage, later realizing that the opportunity to play with a live reggae or dancehall band was few and far between in Singapura. The girls agreed to get together to perform for Night Festival alongside myself and the band. In FULL dancehall swagger, the ladies rocked custom outfits from New York designer Butch Diva and made everyone fall in love with them that night. It was exciting for me to realize that for many Singaporean's at Night Festival, it was their first time watching this type of dancing! Thank you ladies, you are so unique, beautiful and talented.
Next show Masia One & The Irietones ASIA MUSIC FESTIVAL OCT 3, 2014, Miri Malaysia