Dubbed the “Best Reggae Band” by New Times, Army Gideon is a group of well-seasoned Roots Rock Reggae musicians, with a highly energetic live performance.They even incorporate lead violin?! The band members are natives of Jamaica with the exception of Anbesa, born in Brooklyn, New York with a Jamaican up-bringing, and Steve being from Miami, Florida. As a whole, the band finds its inception in Broward County. Their lyrical content, mostly delivered in Jamaican Patois, advocates equal rights & justice, universal love, and Ras Tafari awareness. In addition, the sound is defined by its fusion of predominantly Reggae with other genres.
While Anbesa may be one of the most interesting front men to watch, he is definitely not an island. Lead guitarist Jassiah Lion captivates the multitude with his wailing guitar riffs, blues bends and hammer-ons. Trumpeter Chico Chin is a living legend having worked with such reggae giants as: Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Burning Spear. His horn ability is very versatile, from growls to runs. Jermaine Johnson or ‘Jerms’ is exactly what his name says, given that his ‘bang-n-bubble’, phrasing and overall melodies are sick on the keyboards. On drum, bass and percussion, in that order, we have Dane ‘Spice’ Hutton, Sheldon ‘DonDon’ Satchell and Steve ‘Skins’ Kornicks. They form the holy trinity of rhythm, keeping it so heavy and steady, one can’t fight the urge to dance.
The group has also been seen on successful social media music outlets such as BalconyTV performing their singles “Chains Dem” “Empress” & “Sabbath Peace”. Other outlets include 5Sur5 TV, currently broadcasted throughout the caribbean. They are the new face of live Reggae music, creating a next level Reggae style “Rock Band”. One live experience with Army Gideon is an event of epic proportions.
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