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Luciano arrives in Banjul today

Dec 18, 2009, 10:24 PM

Jamican International musician, Luciano, is expected to arrive in Banjul today.The airplane, which will jet in Luciano to the smiling coast, is later today expected to touch down at the Banjul International Airport by 2:30 pm.  The Jamaican musician will spend some days in The Gambia and is in the interim, expected to pay courtesy calls to some movers and shakers of The Gambia music industry as well as to some senior authorities in the country. He is also expected to meet with the organisers as a way of finding ways for a collaborative and fruitful working relationship. Fans are encouraged to go to the airport and give him a truly Gambian welcome.

As announced by Africa Fest, the legendary Jamaican Reggae superstar, Luciano, will be in The Gambia along with Mikey General.

This historic event will take place on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.

The event also marks the permanent establishment in The Gambia of Africa Fest, the global African live music producer of many mega-events in the United States.

Africa Fest has been featured on numerous occasions by world media bodies such as CNN.

Described as one of music’s most influential reggae artist around today, Luciano (Jah Messenjah) has released 19 albums so far in his career, composing of some of the most memorable conscious and progressive roots reggae music.


Luciano was born on October 20, 1964 in Jamaica. He first began recording in 1992 with his debut single 'Ebony and Ivory' on the Aquarius record labelled and followed with his debut album 'Moving Up for Ras' records in 1993. Luciano is the seventh of nine children and was born to extremely spiritual and musical parents in Daveyton, a small district in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica. His music is influenced by Stevie Wonder, Frankie Paul and the late reggae singer, Dennis Brown.

It was later on that he changed his stage-name to Luciano while often being referred to as Jah Messenjah and also at around that time collaborating with Fattis Burell’s X-terminator label, where he developed his conscious roots aspect. After voicing several covers for the producer Sky High, Luciano released 'Give My Love A Try', which was produced at Castro Brown's New Name Studio in Jamaica.

Luciano is an award-winning artist. Although his object is to stay humble, he has received numerous awards including 'Most Spiritual and Educative Singer' and 'Mandela's Most Cultural Artist'.

He even received a plaque from the Jamaican government to encourage him in the work he is doing. Luciano was also awarded 'The Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer' on October 15, 2007, by the governent of Jamaica, in recognition of his contribution to reggae music.