Midnite

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Midnite is a roots reggae band from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which has been playing since 1989.[1]

The band's music follows in tradition with the roots reggae bands of 1970s Jamaica. The lyrical portions of Midnite's compositions are characterized as the "chant and call" style which gives their music a spiritually intense and an overtly Rastafari movement feel. The lyrics are centrally focused on the plights of the oppressed, the inherent faults of the current political, economic and social settings on a global scale, and the redemption available to mankind through a life dedicated to Jah.

History[edit]

The band was started by Benjamin brothers Vaughn (vocals) and Ron (keyboard, but later switched to bass), and has been playing since 1989. They recorded Ras Mek Peace (Before Reverb and Without Delay) while living in Washington, D.C. during the mid-90s. The album was named so, because it was reportedly recorded live in one room, straight to two-track analog tape. It was mastered without the use of compression or corrective equalization. [2] Later, they returned home to St. Croix in the late '90s to play with local musicians and record at their music studio, African Roots Lab.

Midnite frequently collaborates with new artists and has played as the back-up band on a number of African Roots Lab artists' releases, such as Dezarie's Fya and Gracious Mama Africa and Ikahba's Trodding to Zion.

In September 2011, Midnite released their first professionally produced music video for their song "Mongst I&I".[3] The video features members of the band in casual settings and depicts the rastafarian culture in Frederiksted, United States Virgin Islands (referred to as "Freedom City," St. Croix), and Kingston, Jamaica.

Midnite

   1997 - Unpolished
   1999 - Ras Mek Peace
   2002 - Jubilees Of Zion
   2002 - Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance
   2003 - Intense Pressure (dub)
   2004 - Scheme A Things
   2004 - Ainshant Maps
   2008 - Live 94117
   2010 - What Makes A King ?
   2011 - Anthology
   2013 - Lion Out Of Zion

Midnite & I Grade collaboration

   2001 - Nemozian Rasta
   2002 - Assini
   2003 - Vijan
   2004 - Let Live
   2006 - Jah Grid
   2007 - Rule The Tim
   2011 - Kings Bell
   2014 - Beauty For Ashes

Midnite & Branch I collaboration

   2003 - Cipheraw
   2003 - Geoman
   2003 - He Is Jah
   2004 - Project III

Midnite & Mystic Vision collaboration

   2006 - Current
   2006 - New 1000

Midnite & Ras L collaboration

   2004 - Full Cup
   2006 - Thru & True

Midnite & Groundbreaking collaboration

   2007 - Aneed

Midnite & Lion Tribe/Fifthson collaboration

   2007 - Suns Of Atom
   2008 - Standing Ground
   2010 - Momentum
   2011 - Standing Ground Dub
   2012 - In Awe
   2013 - Be Strong

Midnite & Desmond Williams collaboration

   2008 - Kayamagan


Midnite & Rastar collaboration

   2007 - Better World Rasta
   2008 - Supplication To H.I.M.
   2009 - To Mene
   2009 - Ina Now
   2011 - Treasure
   2011 - The Way
   2012 - Children Of Jah
   2013 - Children Of Jah Dubs
   2014 - Better World Rasta Live Dubs
   2014 - Refix (March 2014)

Midnite & Higher Bound Prod collaboration

   2007 - Bless Go Roun
   2010 - Ark A Law (Lion I)
   2013 - Free Indeed

Midnite & Lustre Kings collaboration

   2007 - Infinite Quality
   2008 - Infinite Dub

Midnite & Natural Vibes collaboration

   2008 - Maschaana

Midnite & Youssoupha Sidibe collaboration

   2008 - For All

Midnite & Various artists collaboration

   2002 - Weep Not
   2008 - New Name
   2008 - Gather The Remnant
   2009 - Defender Of The Faith
   2009 - Kings Of Kush
   2009 - Frontline Souljah

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The British Virgin Islands: Frommer's ShortCuts 2011 "Reggae bands, such as Midnite and Inner Visions have found renewed popularity, although they've been around since the '80s. Midnite Intense Pressure, Midnite's debut album, firmly established them as a force in roots music; the group .."
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Press Release, Jamaicans.com

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