Hailed as the greatest hope for the survival of roots reggae, LUCIANO couples a cosmopolitan style with “soulful, spiritual messages…that feel pulled straight out of gospel.” (NY Times) Born Jepther McClymont into a deeply spiritual and musical family in Davyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica, he took the stage name Luciano early in his career at the suggestion of one of his mentors, Homer Harris, in reference to opera star Luciano Pavarotti. The prolific Jamaican overflows with music: he has released 40 records since his 1995 landmark Where There Is Life, all them steeped in profound Rastafarianism and imparting sentiments of spiritual salvation, edification, and humanitarian upliftment. He remains among the most positive and joyful voices in reggae.
The evening begins with a tribute to the beloved community activist Faybiene Miranda led by the powerhouse singer SANDRA ST. VICTOR, founding member of the legendary NYC band The Family Stand and now living in Amsterdam and fronting her group Oya’s Daughter. Miranda was a powerful inspiration to St. Victor and countless others; this tribute will feature students from the IFETAYO CULTURAL ARTS ACADEMY, which Miranda ran in Brooklyn until her passing.
The BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals and is held every summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell. View seating arrangements here.
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