South First Friday with ICA - San Jose Jazz

South First Friday with ICA

Boombox Truck
Fri, Sep 3
5pm showtime (Pacific)
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

To celebrate the South First Friday Artwalk and the last weekend of ICA's exhibition Ebony G Patterson: …when the cuts erupt…the garden rings…and the warning is a wailing… the Boombox Truck will bring live music to the ICA's front door at 560 South First. We'll provide live music from 6–9pm including the artist Winstrong.

Taking the lead where Mad Lion and KRS-One left off, Winstrong with his blend of Roots, Dancehall, Hip-Hop, and Soul creates an “Urban Culture Sound”. “Winston Nilman Charles Van Ewijk” born on October 12, 1971 in Suriname, South America hails from a family lineage of Caribbean Soul Singers. This “Urban Roots and Culture Ambassador”, One Man Strong, with an articulate, sharp lyrical style captivates audiences worldwide.

Since his initial introduction as an ‘Urban Culture/Dance Hall’ Artist in 2007 by legend Don Carlos (former lead singer of Black Uhuru) WINSTRONG quickly established himself as a domineering, unique talent in the Music Industry. His voice, soulful and bold, coupled strong with conscious messages delivers! A natural Reggae Roots/Dancehall Vocalist, WINSTRONG seamlessly weaves together World Music, Hip- Hop, R&B and Soul. Over the past seven years, WINSTRONG has made an indelible mark on Jamaica’s widely popular Urban Music landscape as a true “Culture Ambassador” with his 2008 debut album, Eye of the Storm propelling WINSTRONG, a devout Rastafarian, onto the International Music Scene.

Singles “Sounds of the Gun” (aka “Boom Boom Blah Blah”), anthem “Ganja Tree” and “This is It” featuring Gift of Gab (Blackalicious) solidifies Van Ewijk’s place in Reggae History. Following this, the breakthrough, big compilation and single “Baller’s Night Out” featuring Snoop Dog, Warren G and Bay Area’s own Delinquents. Partnering with One Wise Studios / M9 Entertainment, WINSTRONG launched a successful brand with his first single “Rude Boy” off the Fall 2011 LP “Ghetto Hymns” featuring some of the industries leading artists: Aceyalone, Myka 9, Abstracrude (from The Free Style Fellowship), M1 (from Dead Prez), Jah Dan, and more. The “Urban Roots and Culture Ambassador” also landed hit singles “Fast Lane” for ESPN’s Indie 500, Indionapolis and theme song for Discovery Channel’s Documentary “Weed Country”.

Love, is most certainly in the air as WINSTRONG releases his refreshing new album LOVER’S ROCK, infused with melodies resembling the days of Studio One. WINSTRONG commemorates love in this rub-a-dub roots project, which includes the recently released single “Love Is In The Air” and upcoming releases: “In My Arms” and “Committed”. This year, WINSTRONG also drops a double-album release with second LP REBEL SOUL; a harmonious blend of roots, culture and dub-style in a ground-breaking manner. The revolutionary project includes newly released singles: “Call On Jah Name”, “Tribal War” and “Counterfeit”.

In 2012, the success of “Ghetto Hymns” set the tone for joining forces with Bay Area Hip Hop Legends – Blackalicious with tour dates spanning across the United States. WINSTRONG then went onto master a collection of Top 100 Hits, a stellar project “Tribute To Legends” produced by WBLK Music a compilation dating from the 1940’s with “Shot Gun”, to the 1960’s with “Dock of the Bay” to the mid-90’s “No Diggity”. This compilation is 100% re-fixed. WINSTRONG’S renditions of these classics brilliantly bring in a new harvest that is a must-have in anyone’s collection. This album showcases WINSTRONG as a world-class singer delivering standard ballads and classics, mastering R&B and Soul with a fresh blend of Caribbean spice.

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