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kali and dub inc

Spoken Word / Reggae

Montreal, Québec, Canada
member since: May 7, 2008


Hayes Kali Thurton; singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has been an ambassador for Canadian reggae music since 1976. . In 1980, he joined a young group of rastas called Selah. Although only together for 3 years, the band shared the stage with numerous international acts like UB40, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaac, Black Uhuru, the Clash, and more luminaries of the time. Kali then launched Dub Trio, a three piece group which expanded to Dub U 5, a twelve piece multi-cultural outfit that lasted for 5 years and further established Kali on the Montreal scene. Kali's fourth and longest running band is Kali and Dub. Started in 1986, Kali and Dub has proved to be a comfort zone for Kali. The band released two vinyl; EP-Uncensored Reggae, and LP- Human Rights. In 1996 the band released their first CD- Rise Up which was subsequently nominated for a Juno award. Along with wins as Best Live Reggae Band at The Toronto Reggae awards, Best World Beat Band at the Montreal Independent Music Award in two years running, Kali solidified his name as a leading local and national musician. Kali and Dub has shared the stage with acts like The Wailers, Burning Spear, Aswad, Ziggy Marley, Black Uhuru, The Meditations, and the Mighty Sparrow among many others. The band's second CD Weapons of Mass Construction continued in the reggae tradition of roots and culture, dancehall and calypso. Holding true to his philosophy and integrity, Kali's music continues to grow even today. With the planned release of a new CD this summer, Kali's music is more socially relevant and stronger than ever today. T