Albuquerque, New Mexico (ICC) 4-08
For 2008 the Mathews family that oversee the Gathering of Nations pow wow have redirected the energy of the contemporary music venue at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. The first step was to identify the purpose for the stage and to give it a brand new name. Without much delay the name Stage 49 was given.
The purpose was easy
To provide a performance space for Native Musicians and to also bring additional music performances that would entertain and be enjoyed by all. This year the Gathering of Nations is very happy to bring Kevens and his band to Stage 49 as the Saturday night headline and closing act. Kevens came to the Gathering of Nations in 2007 as a guest of the Mathews family. Kevens found the event enlightening and one which brings so many people together. He felt that his show was perfect for the audience at the Gathering of Nations.
Kevens showmanship is not surprising when you look at his background and experience. He has toured and headlined several festivals all over the world. This International Rock, drum n bass reggae artist started his career as a DJ spinning in the clubs of south Florida. His relationship to the Marleys and musical affiliation with the family as a youth has caused him to keep on top of the trends and be in tune with what his fans want him to deliver. His Live show is powerfully profound, with visual and sound effects that will astonish you.
Known for his beautifully lush drum n bass, mixed with a funky, progressive, rocking Reggae style, Kevens is on a mission to provide the world with positivity. The former DJ and MC turned singer/songwriter, strives to take people to a higher level of consciousness. The poetic performer got his start as a performing artist when he formed his first progressive Reggae group, Le Coup, with Bob Marleys half brothers Richard and Anthony. Cedella Booker Marley, Bob Marleys mother, told young Kevens very early in his musical career, Like a letter, you must write a song with purpose. Kevenss message of Positivity is a Necessity is always at the center of this art and his life. Though his elaborate stage costumes and theatrical concerts are pure 21st-century, his goal is timeless: to bring all races, cultures and backgrounds together.
Kevens has performed with, and has been seen along side, an eclectic array of greats including Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana, Steven Tyler, Prodigy, Moby, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff, Black Uhuru, Third World, Yellowman, KC and JoJo and Run DMC to name a few.
Among his unreleased gems are songs from work he did with the UK-based group, Hybrid as well as from Rabbit in the Moon. Most notably, his song Freedom is one of the standout tracks from the internationally renowned Ultra Dance Music Film Festival DVD, which also contains tracks from Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk. Kevenss music can be downloaded on Itunes.
Kevens performance on Stage 49 will begin at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday evening April 26th, at the Gathering of Nations. A show that you must see before the night is over.