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Under the Rasta Influence

Under the Rasta Influence

Under the Rasta Influence


Even as a child, Donovan Ernest seemed destined for the main stage - his father remembers him grabbing anything that looked like a microphone and trying to hype the crowd. Anyone in the audience of an Under The Rasta Influence (U.R.I.) show will tell you that all that practice has definitely paid off; Donovan’s explosive stage presence and natural ability incinerates stages and leaves fans with tired feet. Donovan’s lyrics embody the spirit of Rastafari, while the music showcases skilled songwriting. Read more on Last.fm
Even as a child, Donovan Ernest seemed destined for the main stage - his father remembers him grabbing anything that looked like a microphone and trying to hype the crowd. Anyone in the audience of an Under The Rasta Influence (U.R.I.) show will tell you that all that practice has definitely paid off; Donovan’s explosive stage presence and natural ability incinerates stages and leaves fans with tired feet. Donovan’s lyrics embody the spirit of Rastafari, while the music showcases skilled songwriting. Combined with the distinctive style and high-energy performances of the band, U.R.I.

creates a one-of-a-kind blend of roots reggae, soul, rock, and hip-hop that is strikingly unique. The members of the band met while attending Purchase College’s Conservatory of Music. Producer and percussionist Rusty Mack and Donovan were first to link, followed by bassist Sean Lewis. U.R.I.

completed its roster in the next year with guitarist Tim Shipman, keyboardist Mike DeRosa, and cellist/vocalist Taylor Cannizzaro. The band is tight. Its disparate influences fuse reggae bass swagger, cello melody and far-out guitar solos, forging a musical style that sounds like nothing else on the scene. People quickly began to take notice of U.R.I. as the band became a fixture at LinkUp Media/Jamrock Magazine’s weekly event at SOB’s, Jamrock with Squeeze.

The Source magazine featured the Brooklyn-based band in their April 09’ issue, ans since, U.R.I. has performed alongside Drake, Serani, The Cool Kids, Everton Blender, Mr. Vegas, Milton Henry, Jadakiss, Norris Man, Styles P, Luciano, Cassidy, Glen Adams, and The Beatnuts. U.R.I. started out strong in 2010 by winning the grand prize at the NY Band Quest, a trip to perform at The Jamaican Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica, opening for Hall n’ Oats, Third World and Gladys Knight.

Most recently, U.R.I. performed at South By South West in Austin, TX. Whether in Jamaica, Texas, or New York City, one thing is for sure: “When it comes to potent live shows and smoking grooves, few bands are able to keep pace with Under The Rasta Influence” (The Source Magazine, April 09’). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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