Lasana Bandelé is prolific, eclectic Jamaican recording performing Reggae Artist who is deep in his Jamaican, African roots with a big voice and a powerful message. His album "Storitela" includes his biggest hit, "Living In Shacks" which he's mostly known for. His TV Special "The Storitela" was filmed and aired in Jamaica and he has performed on major festivals, such as Reggae SunSplash, Reggae Sumfest, City Stages. His persona easily translates when he performs live, whether at major festivals or in smaller, more intimate gatherings such as clubs and theaters.
When Lasana Bandelé performed at his first Reggae Sunsplash in 1990, he already had one hit single behind his name. The audience quickly came alive to the sounds of "Living In Shacks." The Storitela, who had already been making waves locally, was now reaching a larger audience. Writing in Jamaica's "Daily Gleaner," journalist Balford Henry says, "Lasana sees only the purpose in music...his songs are favorites of those who love what we call 'message music.' " And there are many messages in the songs which Bandele has penned over the years. Says Dermott Hussey, Music Journalist, Program Director at Siriusxm, "Lasana Bandelé is an original whose words and music succeeds beautifully because it is what exciting music does best, it surprises us with the delightful discovery of places where we have never been … " "...his mellow voice rhymes for every spoken work. A brother like him will come to join nations, as his lyrics and teaching are evident in his debut album," says Aleece Meikle of Reggae Report Magazine.
Groovy and stepping reggae with a rock lead guitar strutting with the bass, cool harmonies hugging a bold lead vocal, "Thrill Seeker....ain't got no time to lose, ain't got no blues to choose." Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
"Big City, bright lights...." big warm male vocal, acoustic guitar, children's choir. folksy/pop sound. Dramatic scat vocal in the solo and 2nd Sax solo, socially conscious that have you swaying from side to side. Uplifting, touching, heart-warming. Male Vocals, Reggae, Reggae-Pop
Great lead vocal and harmonies, "woo oh oh oh oh...taking you to Bird Lan'." Happy up tempo Reggae/pop sound, mellow piano, hopeful and free, taking you to a better place; riding rainbow with the sunlight on his skin....man free from within. Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
Medium, smoky Reggae music about talking jazz, wondering if his friends understand him and his music... "Every heart knows its own sorrow..." but he wants to live his life. Uplifting, motivational, sweet track with good beats, nice melody. Poignant and bittersweet, good piano playing, too. Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
A rock, pop, contemporary sound, "...I've been combing my thoughts, fresh up my meditation... solution, solution....tide up in confusion - before I belong to you, let me belong to me." A bold perspective on situation, have to clam self before he gives himself away. Revolutionary. Affirming. Male Vocals, Pop, Tropical Rock
This is a Nyabinghi groove with a wailing organ and acoustic lead guitar crying out, ".... I've been waiting inside, patient man ride donkey, come on let us skank...how long must a man keep waiting, inside?" Soulful. Earthy. Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
Heavy drum & Bass rocking, "....If I were a painter, I'd paint you a story, if I were a carpenter I'd build you a sail-boat...you sail 'roun' town." Groovy roots sound, acoustic lead guitar and flute echoing hypnotically. Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
Big voice, heavy rhythm, powerful message and a sparkling lead guitar. A flashing rhythm guitar, a wailing Harmonica and a driving rim shot massaging the heart. Sweet. energizing. Warm. "If we can't educate our children, then how strong are we then in dis ya col' war? Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
Like a train barreling down the track, "Subway Blues" comes at you, stepping drum & dramatic bass, whistling organ, a big voice and a mournful Sax solo that wont let you out of the way rhythm guitar and piano: like coaches and caboose, all over you. Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae
Catchy, snappy, unique reggae sound with an African flavor, Ska, rock, mento vibe, a powerful message and a biting flute keyboard solo. The hit song by this Artist, no wonder he is known for this one, fresh and air, yet stepping. Solid. Male Vocals, Pop, Tropical Rock
Lovely slow breezy vibes, "...break free and rock to this rhythm...isn't it good to be alive...?" uplifting male vocal with good harmonies about life being good. Positive, motivational, with a lovely, catchy melody. Male Vocals, Reggae, Contemporary Reggae