easy star presents:
jonquan & associates
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DJ, singer, songwriter… add producer to the resume, JonQuan enters the mainstream with his debut production project, Easy Star Presents: JonQuan & Associates. Songwriter, frontman, and keyboard player for reggae band, Buddha Council, JonQuan is an East Coast native who is considered a musical purist. He began his infatuation with Jamaican music as a reggae vinyl collector and DJ. From ska to rocksteady, reggae to dub, JonQuan’s production style and keyboard shuffle conjure classic Jamaican sounds.

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Who are JonQuan & Associates, you ask? No, they are not an accounting firm that moonlights as a reggae band. JonQuan is the de facto bandleader of Buddha Council, a Virginia based “future roots” reggae band that gets super high marks from this writer, and his “associates” are a mix of accomplished reggae artists that he strategically recruited to collaborate with. The group consists of international talents from bygone eras of Jamaican music as well as the current-day, including Sammy Dread, Screechy Dan, Vernon Maytone, Dennis Spence, Carlton Livingston, Danny Rebel, Kelly DiFillipo (of Loving Paupers,) JonnyGo Figure, Elliot Martin and Victor Rice.

First Listen: JonQuan & Carlton Livingston – “Accidental Badman”

By DAVE SHIFFMAN on AUG 12, 2021 •