We are very pleased to bring back by popular demand: RAPHAEL LIVE ON STAGE.
If there’s an artist that is slowly but surely getting attention by the international scene, surely that would be Raphael. Born in Savona from Nigerian father and Italian mother, he starts his musical path still as a teenager, by setting up the Eazy Skankers reggae band in 2002.Trough the years the ensemble collects important appearances on festivals like Rototom Sunsplash and Arezzo Wave, hundreds of live shows and two totally self-produced albums : “To the Foundation” recorded in 2008 in Kingston, Jamaica, at the legendary Tuff Gong Studio and “Changes” (2011) recorded and mixed by Madaski, leader and producer of the veteran Italian band Africa Unite. And with its front man, Bunna, Raphael shares the “Double Trouble” project since 2010, a tribute to Bob Marley with the songwriter Zibba’s guitar as the only instrument, which would lead the trio to step on many clubs and festivals stages all over Italy. In the same period Raphael begins to perform in showcase style, often supported by Genoa’s sound Groove Yard, and starts his collaboration with the Modena based label Bizzarri Records, with whom he delivers his first solo EP “My name is Raphael” in 2012. The solo activity continues with the release of many singles for several italian and international labels (some pressed on vinyl like “Good Old Vibes” by UK’s Peckings Records), a jingle for the italian broadcaster “Radio 105”, and culminate with his debut solo album “Mind Vs Heart”, produced by the Vienna based label Irievibrations Records, issued on October 2013. Featuring Jamaican singer Skarramucci and Tiwony from Guadeloupe, the album is the result of Raphael cooperation with producers like Syrix, Reggaesta, Nite Lite, Leo Bizzarri, Andrea Bottaro from Eazy Skankers, who had played on several tracks. The video of the first excerpt “Soundblaster” has today reached more than 300.000 views and the album had received good feedback from both critics and audience. In 2014 the Mind Vs Heart tour takes off : more than 150 gigs in 15 different countries in Europe and South America, sometimes in showcase, often backed by bands like Eazy Skankers, the Austrian Fireman Crew, and Belgian Asham Band. In this 2015 Raphael surely didn’t stop : He’s in the “Better Run Riddim” line up, produced by Dub Inc among names like Kymany Marley and Morgan Heritage, he’s featured in the latest Africa Unite’s album and he delivered “Here comes the Soundblaster” mixtape in combo with the German sound Sentinel. The summer tour is fully planned and will take Raphael all over Europe, with some prestigious opening acts like the one to Manu Chao, in front of 40.000 people in Monza, Italy, or to Jimmy Cliff.
"REGGAE SURVIVAL" is Raphael's second album, released in 2016, a modern and current project, but with strong roots and great international reach. A real cultural melting pot united by the powerful vibrations of this music: recorded and mixed between Jamaica, the United States and Italy, produced by Don Sugar (Usa) and by Raphael himself, with the support of Bizzarri Records (It) and of the French label Irie Ites.
After the tour of the solo debut album, which saw him perform in almost all European countries, Mexico and Jamaica, with "Reggae Survival" Raphael took a further step forward in his career, performing also in California and undertaking a new live tour with a new band, the Survivors.
In 2018, presented by the Platonica label, it is among the 69 finalists for "Sanremo Giovani 2018" with the song "Figli Delle Lacrime" written together with Zibba, published December 18, 2018 on all digital platforms.
Backed by Salentoroot sound, Raphael will perform some of his very long and full of hit catalogue.
Also before and after the show DJ set by selectress KAYA
Mad EDDY and very own Plymouth's finest selector Raggadee - Reggae in the South
Doors 8.30pm-2.00am, only £4 entry!
Dancing shoes suggested...