Global Sol Festival in San Francisco Features Jamaican Ska/Reggae Legend Ernest Ranglin

HOUSE OF HAMSA PRESENTS WITH SUNSET PROMOTIONS, HOUSE & GARDEN AND UNITED EARTH NETWORKS~GLOBAL SOL~A 2 NIGHT URBAN MUSIC FESTIVAL, BENEFIT & DANCE PARTY FEATURING GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTISTS: ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT WITH ERNEST RANGLIN & HAMSA LILA

August 6 & 7, 2010
Craneway Pavilion
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond CA 9480418 &
over ­ 7pm-4am both nights ­
Ample Free Secure Parking
One Day: $35 Presale/$40 at the door – VIP $75 ­ Two Day: $65 – VIP $130

Late-night PHISH after party Discount Tickets with free shuttle to/from The Greek & BART

A WORLDLY SPECTRUM OF ARTISTS CELEBRATE ECO-CONSCIOUS LIVING AT A MULTI-SENSORY 2 NIGHT URBAN FESTIVAL, BENEFIT EVENT & DANCE PARTY ON THE SF BAY

FEATURED MUSICAL ARTISTS:
Arrested Development, Ernest Ranglin, Hamsa Lila, EOTO, Afrolicious, Yossi Fine, Kenge Kenge, Fabian Alsultany, Motion Potion, MC Rai

GLOBAL SOL is a conscious urban two-night benefit and cultural event designed to bring together diverse communities within the greater Bay Area. Its purpose is to raise awareness, promote unity, eco-conscious living and to inspire the masses via the dedication of high profile artists, an eclectic mix of live music form across the world, DJ¹s, dance performances immersive light presentations, visionary art installations and a Global Bazaar Vending Village with diverse organic goods and food. GLOBAL SOL is
also a music festival with a consciousness-raising mission ­ to benefit the Women¹s Earth Alliance. This organization is doing important front-line work around the world by supporting women through sustainable water technologies, agriculture and pro-bono advocacy for indigenous women-environmental activists involved in defending the health and well being of their respective and largely under served communities.

Ernest Ranglin best known for his session work at the famed Studio One, helped give birth to the ska genre in the late 1950s. Some credit Ranglin with the invention of the core style of guitar play (sometimes known as “scratching”) found in nearly all ska music.

Ranglin played on many classic Jamaican recordings, and he performed with artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander, Prince Buster, The Skatalites and the Eric Deans Orchestra. He has also explored other styles of music, notably blending jazz and reggae.

As child, Ranglin had two uncles who played guitar and ukulele. After watching them play, he practiced on their instruments, and stood in for one of them when they failed to turn up for a recording session, impressing his other uncle so much that he was given the instrument for his seventh birthday. He built his own guitar using a sardine can and wires, before progressing to a real one. He moved with his family to Kingston, where he was educated at Providence, Kingston Senior School, and Bodin College. While still in his teens, he began performing live, locally and in the Bahamas, often with the young Monty Alexander. Charlie Christian was an early influence. Aged 15, he joined the Val Bennett band, and went on to play with the Eric Deans band and Count Boysie.

By the early 1950s, Ranglin had become a proficient jazz guitarist and toured overseas. In 1958, Chris Blackwell recorded a Ranglin single, which was one of the first releases on Blackwell’s R&B label, and a live album split between Ranglin and Lance Haywood was the first to be released by Blackwell. Around 1959, he joined Cluett Johnson’s band the Blues Blasters, recording several tracks for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, including “Shuffling Jug”, regarded as one of the first ska recordings. In 1962, the James Bond film Dr. No was filmed in Jamaica. While Byron Lee & the Dragonaires appeared in the film, the soundtrack recordings were actually
made by Ranglin.

In 1964, Ranglin played guitar on singer Millie Small ‘s “My Boy Lollipop “, the first Jamaican song to achieve international success.

Ranglin recorded two jazz albums in the mid-1960s for the Merritone label – Wranglin (1964) and Reflections (1965), also working for Duke Reid as a musical director at the Treasure Isle recording studio during this period.

He began attracting international notice in 1964 when he traveled to London, England to perform at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. He became the venue’s resident guitarist for nine months, backing numerous guest artists and appearing in a recording of a Sonny /Dick Morrissey jam session in 1966.

He made several solo records for Island Records, as well as collaborating with Prince Buster. He returned to session work, arranging songs such as the Melodians ‘ “Rivers of Babylon” and playing guitar leads in the Wailers’ “It Hurts to Be Alone”.

During the late 1960s and the 1970s, Ranglin was much in demand as a studio musician and arranger, working with top Jamaican producers such as Dodd, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Clancy Eccles and toured with Jimmy Cliff in the 1970s.

In the late 70s, he re-teamed with his friend Monty Alexander to record Latin-Caribbean infused jazz for Pablo Records.

In 1973 he was awarded the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government for his contributions to music.

He moved to Florida in the late 1970s, where he performed at jazz festivals and continued to record occasionally.

He signed to Chris Blackwell’s newly formed Palm Pictures label to issue 1998’s In Search of the Lost Riddim.

The albums E.B. @ Noon and Modern Answers to Old Problems followed two years later. Grooving was released in early 2001. In 2002, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the University of the West Indies for his outstanding contribution to the development of music in Jamaica.

In 2006, he was the subject of a documentary covering his career – Roots Of Reggae: The Ernest Ranglin Story, produced and written by Arthur Gorson.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Jamaican Music hall of Fame by the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes and Affiliates (JAVAA).

GLOBAL SOL is a first-of-its-kind event, located at the newly remodeled and remarkably beautiful Craneway Pavilion, situated in the heart of the East Bay, right on the bay front of Richmond. This venue with it¹s sate of the art Meyer sound system and sweeping waterfront views, of the Bay and San Francisco skyline, is the largest and finest new, green event venue in the Bay Area. Within minutes of Berkeley and Marin, and only 20 minutes from San Francisco, this venue is safe and secure event center featuring over 1,200 parking spaces. Come celebrate music & art at the new heart of the Bay Area music scene. Tickets available NOW on-line @ In-Ticketing

If you¹d like more information about the show please contact:
Karin Conn Public Relations
Telephone: 415.507.9797
E-mail at karin@connsf.net

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