Gullibanque launches 'Grass Roots'


gullibanque-reggae-singer.jpgChampioning the genre, 'progressive reggae', the band Gullibanque stepped into the breach this week in a bid to push reggae to new frontiers worldwide. The launch of their new CD, held in the bowels of the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston was attended by small group of media, friends, fellow musicians and other well-wishers. The group, formed by Paul Campbell, in 1988 has displayed its artistry and bugled its message-driven brand of reggae all across Jamaica for several years winning an IRAWMA award for Best Band, Best Female Vocalist and Best Bass Player.

Recent additions Nigel Shaw and Orlando Johnson, along with Courtland White, have earned their chops playing with the biggest names in reggae such as Black Uhuru, the Abyssinians, Ini Kamoze and Junior Kelly, just to name a few.

The lead vocalist is the full-figured, syrupy-voiced Merle Gayle, while Christopher Nicholson plays bass guitar, Richard Nicholson plays drums, Courtland White plays rhythm guitar, while Nigel Shaw and Orlando Johnson handle keyboards.
During the launch, the music video, 'We Are' was shown. Paul Campbell introduced the band, and Raymond Roxbugh was the guest speaker.