ROCK AND REGGAE
WITH A CARIBBEAN FLAVOR
Solomon Gabriel, known as “Solomon” has been a musician, vocalist and songwriter for the past twenty (20) years. Born in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and Tobago, this multi-faceted musician produces nearly everything from calypso, rock, reggae and an alternative assortment of world beat fusions. His style is a fusion between rock and reggae with a Caribbean flavor. The lyrical content of his music is usually described as “intellectually thought provoking”, always with a very serious message.
Solomon played the pub circuits of Trinidad and Tobago and recorded his first album “Full Blown Full Grown”as an independent artiste in 2000.
His first performance outside of Trinidad and Tobago was in 2000 at the Caribbean Music Exposition in Ocho Rios, Jamaica where he shared the stage with Morgan Heritage and The Marley Brothers of Jamaica. He then produced his second album in 2002 “No Endorsement Required” and in 2003, Solomon went on to perform at “Flavours of The World” and “Connecticut Carnival Festival in Hartford,” Connecticut, USA.
For the next few years Solomon embarked on promoting his music with a series of concerts in all public spaces throughout Trinidad.
He then went on to produce two more albums,”State of Our Affairs” and “Solomonism” making it four albums to date.
In 2010 Solomon performed at the “Tobago Jazz Festival, Heritage Park, Pigeon Point Tobago sharing the stage with Erykah Badu and Chaka Khan.
In 2012 he performed at the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Village, Tricycle Theater, London, England, for the Olympics 2012.
In 2013 he performed at “Reggae on The Bay” again sharing the stage with Beres Hammond, Taurus Riley and Coco Tea.
Solomon has only recently been booked for a full length performance entitled Songs of Solomon at the De Nu Pub in Port of Spain Trinidad.
Solomon’s music can be heard on Radios throughout the Caribbean.
“My music must not be only song and dance. It must never be bump and grind. It must be much, much more than that. It must awake the dead and kill the living, thats those who are living but are dead. My music must stir, must unearth the revolutionary spirits, to the point of stubborn unacceptance of reason. Unreasonable is what brings about change, while reason is caught reasoning”
A Great Roots Rock Reggae CD
“State Of Our Affairs” is a great roots rock reggae album from Trinidad and Tobago’s own Solomon. Though his vocal performance is true to the roots reggae tradition popularized by Jimmy Cliff and Bob Marley, Solomon’s musicianship expands beyond reggae genre and into the pop, rock, and world realms. No matter the creative choice, the arrangements are solid and centered around excellent guitar work. Solomon is renowned for his lyrical expressiveness and content that toes the line, as he sings about faith and Rastafarianism, race relations, women, and the Caribbean. “State Of Our Affairs” is well-produced and sounds clean and professional.
The opener, “Am I of God” is a great roots rock reggae number with a great arrangement and lyrics about faith and religion. “Some Want It All” has a great bass line that fuels the track, an accompanying piano and guitar arrangement, and profound lyrics that offer the Native Caribbean’s perspective on Caribbean tourism. Solomon is a promising artist for the future of reggae, as well as of reggae/rock fusion, who offers outstanding, thought-provoking lyrics and great, diverse accompaniments. Fans of roots reggae and reggae/rock fusion should definitely give Solomon a listen.
Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present Solomon a GrIndie Award for their CD “State Of Our Affairs.” A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy’s stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.