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Shango Trex

Shango Trex

  • By Shango Trex
  • Release 02/06/2009
  • Music Genre Reggae
  • Media Format CD
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SHANGO TREX Shango Trex boasts a sound that is seasoned with experience. He has spent two decades giving the fans what they want, but more so what they need. Years of touring on the world stage have given this Reggae veteran a vocal prowess that is rarely seen in today's Reggae music. Lyrics, both soothing and hard-hitting are accompanied by the true musicianship of this multi-faceted Reggae artiste. Born Dennis Llewellyn, Shango Trex was given this royal moniker by a Yoruba priest who was impressed by his commanding stage presence and fiery yet humble nature. This Kingston, Jamaica native found his passion for music while accompanying a childhood friend, Dexter, to classes at the National Cadet Orchestra. Though his first interest was in the horns section, this budding musician soon developed a passion for singing. Soon the group called The Matchmakers was born and Shango began to take himself seriously as a vocalist. He cultivated his voice diligently, first singing at St. George's Anglican Church and Wildman Street Pentecostal Church in central Kingston. Later, while working for the Jamaica Department of Labor, Shango linked up with White Squall, a local reggae band that practiced nearby. He also began to work closely with Freddie Brown who coached him vocally. In 1985 Shango traveled to Westmoreland where he linked up with Ninja Force Band. Shango's talent made itself evident as he soon took over the spot as lead singer for the group. Ninja Force found themselves opening on tour for such Reggae greats as Gregory Isaacs, Professor Nuts and the crowned Prince of Reggae, the late Dennis Emanuel Brown. With Shango at the helm, Ninja Force was so popular that they were asked to perform at Reggae Sunsplash two years in a row, 1988 and 1989.Shango eventually settled in Japan after many years of touring. There he obtained a record deal as a solo artist with Avex Trax in 1991. More recently Shango has had the opportunity to tour the U.S. with Luciano and Japan with Frankie Paul. He was part of the "Moments in Time" tour with Beres Hammond. While a unique artist in his own right, Shango Trex gets his musical inspiration from a diverse group of artists; Bob and Dennis, of course, but what about Smokey Robinson and the The Stylistics. Shango Trex is so glad that he had the honour of sharing the stage with one of his musical mentors before his untimely death, the late Garnett Silk. 'Garnett had a way of making everyone around him feel special,' Shango remembers. 'He was a good man who made people feel so royal. He wasn't just a gifted artist, but a humanitarian.' Through his production company Stashang Inc., Shango is intent on spreading love, light and Rastafari through the four corners of the globe. 'No matter what obstacles we face in life we must stay strong, stay positive and strive for peace,' Shango explains. 'We're all in the belly of the beast. The only way for us to attain victory is through love.' Now with his self-titled debut international release on the E2 Recordings label, Shango Trex is ready for the next chapter of his career. Shango Trex truly showcases this artist's talent for soul stirring lyrics and soul soothing sounds. This album demonstrates Shango Trex's ability to glide through the many faces of Reggae. Using his appreciation for R&B, Jazz, Ska and even Hip Hop he skillfully weaves together the personas of crooner, prophet, and rudie all within the same CD. "Tell Me", the first single, puts listeners in a mellow mood as he pleads for the trust of a newly single love interest. The use of horns throughout this collection is a testament to Shango Trex's early musical training. The live instrumentation and strong production by famed producer and performer, Ed Robinson are proof that Reggae is returning to it's former glory, before the days of riddim tracks. The up tempo "Ghetto Girl" and "Writing on the Wall" show the artist's lyrical versatility, while "Our Glory", a traditional tribute to Rastafari, should be raised to anthem status among the faithful. Shango Trex's personal favourite, "Fi Di Youts Dem", highlights his passionate feelings about the suffering of children around the world. While "the love of the music" is his reason for becoming a Reggae artist Shango Trex has a greater mission than topping the Reggae charts, "This is a vehicle to get me to what I really want to do. There are 30,000 children dying of starvation everyday in Africa and worldwide, so this is my vehicle to do something about it." Shango Trex, the artist, is part of Reggae's foundation and Shango Trex, the album, adds to the building blocks of a musical legacy. Big vocals, big music, big artist: Shango Trex.


Artist: Shango Trex
Title: Shango Trex
Genre: Reggae
Release Date: 02/06/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 884501144988
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