Two of the premier reggae touring acts from Hawai’i are jet-setting to the mainland United States this spring.
Reggae music might not be the most dominant genre of music in the United States, but in Hawai’i the underground sound has reached the forefront of popular culture. Two bands that have been making the most noise as of late are Oahu’s own Rebel SoulJahz and The Vitals.
It is difficult to go more than 60-minutes on any local reggae radio station throughout the island chain and not here one of the many singles from either Rebel SoulJahz and The Vitals. This past calendar year cemented that sentiment even further.
Both bands have released new music recently. Rebel SoulJahz released two singles in the last year, “Ms Beautiful” (2015) and “Why Can’t You Love Me” (2016), which features rising solo artist, Spawnbreezie from California.
The Vitals are still riding the wave off their 2015 debut, full-length studio album release of Stay Away, an album which featured six of the 11-songs receiving heavy air play throughout the Hawaiian islands.
Now, the two Hawaiian reggae acts will attempt to conquer the western states of America on their spring tour. After spending their last days in Hawai’i solidifying their live set throughout Honolulu County, the bands’ combined tour will kickoff on April 7th in Orange County, California at the Yost Theater.
Both Rebel SoulJahz and The Vitals will also be featured performers at the MayJah RayJah Music Festival in Las Vegas on April 8th, which will also see Tribal Seeds, Common Kings, Eli-Mac, Tribal Theory, Backwards Shaka, and the aforementioned Spawnbreezie performing on the lineup.
Rebel SoulJahz and The Vitals will also be performing at the San Diego House of Blues on April 9th, before sharing the stage once again at the MayJah RayJah Music Festival at the Waikiki Shell in July, featuring performances by J Boog, Iration, Matisyahu, Yellowman, Sons of Zion and many more.
For more information on the Rebel SoulJahz, The Vitals and all upcoming tour dates, follow the links below.
Video: Rebel Souljahz – “Ms Beautiful”
Video: The Vitals – “Stay Away”