ROOTS ARENA STAGE - Sunday 14th JULY
‘Royal Sounds’ are a roots reggae band hailing from London, UK - formed in September 2012. They can be seen as a band of the future. The line-up includes: one of the brothers (Ajani) on bass, the other brother (Gyasi) on guitar, vocals delivered from (Ajani and Gyasi’s cousin) Hannibal and also Ras Sempah.
The production side of ‘Royal Sounds’ is carried out by the brothers. They have been producing, arranging and playing music from Ajani was about 13 and Gyasi began at around 14. Ajani deals with the bass and the keyboards and Gyasi handles the drums and guitar as seen in their ‘producing a reggae instrumental’ video. The brothers have been learning their main instruments (bass and guitar) from their father Ras Alkebu (played lead guitar in the band Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses) since they were toddlers.
Their most recent project is ‘Burning Inspiration’ – a debut roots rock reggae album released by Sugar Shack Records October 2017. The album has been getting rave reviews and feedback from the public, with airplay on David Rodigan on BBC 1Xtra & Robert Elms from BBC Radio London. The record entered the Echoes Music Magazine Chart at the end of 2017, soaring to #7 in a matter of weeks.
They have worked with top level artists including Levi Roots, Andrew Paul, Winston Reedy, Dr Dean I, Joy Mack, Dennis Bovell, Frankie Paul, Macka B, Nereus Joseph, Errol Dunkley, Kandake, African Head Charge, Pete Campbel, Gappy Ranks and many more. Live they have performed at various shows/venues and festivals such as Enfield Festival, Broomfield Park (bandstand marathon for the Olympics), Oxjam Festival, Hootenanny, Nottinghill Carnival, One Love Festival, Rivington Street Festival, The Forge, Chrisp Street Festival, Reggae in Da City, Rototom Sunsplash (Spain), Reggae Geel (Belgium) , Zwarte Cross (Netherlands) and Boomtown Fair.
Their aims are to uplift the people with good reggae music, getting their message and sound across worldwide and to grow as a unit.