Midnite

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This article is about the band. For the term meaning "the middle of the night", see Midnight.
For other uses, see Midnite (disambiguation).

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)circa 1989. The brothers were raised in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, the sons of legendary Antiguan musician Ronnie Benjamin, Sr. Vaughn Benjamin cites Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Abyssinians, and bassist Flabba Holt as his earliest influences.

Bob Marley has had a big impact. And the drum and the bass from like Flabba Holt. Sometimes I listen to the bass man alone or the drummer alone.”[2]

Benjamin also hails The Abyssinians, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer as influences.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. [3] 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".[4] 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. ^ Raver, Midnight. "Midnite: In the Belly of the Beast". Midnight Raver. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Press Release, Jamaicans.com

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