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Brazil Meets Jamaica: It’s Reggae Motion

Jordana Soares

About ten years ago Fabio Assis, left his hometown Salvador in the State of Bahia, Brazil, to come to Los Angeles in search of a new musical adventure: the integration of his native Brazilian beat and African roots with his passion for Reggae music and the “city of the Angels”. He fell right into this cultural melting pot city making an extraordinary connection between Brazil, Jamaica and U.S bringing into his music an incredible mix of sounds, rhythms, and poetry.

Fabio Assis “Jahgun” has dedicated himself to cultural activism in the struggle against racial discrimination and socioeconomic inequality. “I believe that music heals and has the power to bring people together” said Jahgun. He has developed his music career with the Olodum Creative School, creator of the new fusion sound of samba reggae in Brazil. With his background and the influence of local and Internationals Reggae artists who he met throughout his journey, the unique sound of ReggaeMotion was born.

The band was formed in 2003 in Los Angeles for “Jahgun” with the determination to promote positivity and consciousness through music, and merged a unique combination of Reggae sounds with English and Portuguese lyrics that speak about peace, love, harmony and blessings. The message in his lyrics is one of Love-Peace-Joy and Unity. Fabio Assis Jahgun passion is Reggae music.

ReggaeMotion’s infusion of that old familiar roots reggae flavor with a fresh modern twist finds its inspiration from the cultural and musical diversity of the band’s members. Musically influenced by musicians such Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Israel Vibration, Toots and the Maytals and the Inner Circle, as well as by the Afro-Brazilian music, ReggaeMotion has successfully created its own distinct style that makes each performance a unifying and energetic experience.

“My vision is that through the music of ReggaeMotion we can help to spread the word the concept of we are all one = one race, one love, one soul. We all can live in this world in peace and harmony. And all starts with love!”, complements Jahgun.

ReggaeMotion has shared the stage with many renowned Reggae bands in the Los Angeles scene such as Israel Vibrations at the Roxy, Pato Banton at the Libertine, Toots and The Maytals at Saint Rocke and Midnite at the Key Club, and have showcased their musical work a few times at the famous House of Blues in Hollywood. The band has also played with Ziggy Marley and the Afro-Brazilian group Olodum in Brazil in 2010.

More recently (May 2012), the band did a International Tour in Asia, where in Qatar sharing the stage with the legendary Reggae artist Maxi Priest at the Sun Splash Festival and proudly played for the US troops based at Camp “As Sayliyah” when the band was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from The US Military.

ReggaeMotion has just returned to US after a very productive trip to Brazil to record some takes of their soon to be released “ReggaeTotal” clip. The band has a Middle East and East Africa Tour planed for October 2012 – and a previous showcase Oct 6th in Los Angeles at the Good Hurt.

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