SunDub is a testament to the power of inclusion, diversity and unity; their music and community rallies around the concept that we are strongest when people of different backgrounds can work together to create positive change. These core values were first showcased on SunDub’s 2019 debut album, Burden of Love, which has amassed millions of streams since coming out. Anchored by a core quintet—Finn Singer (guitar), Josh Carter (bass), Eric “The General” Toussaint (vocals-keys) and the brother-sister team of Joanna Teters (lead vocals) and Ben Teters (vocals-drums)—the band is ready to break through to even more fans worldwide with their sophomore album, showcasing the evolution of their sound over the past few years. Joanna Teters’ commanding and soulfully smoky lead vocals blend seamlessly with the air-tight arrangements of the SunDub rhythm section. The result is a stand out expression of reggae’s classic undulating pulse and lush subterranean grooves, reinvented for listeners of all times and genres. SunDub have opened for the likes of Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, The Wailers and Easy Star All Stars; and collaborated on recordings with Peetah Morgan (Morgan Heritage), Lutan Fyah, Sidney Mills (Steel Pulse, Barrington Levy), Larry McDonald (Bob Marley, Lee Scratch Perry). Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Victor Rice and David “Ruff Scott” Reid (Easy Star All Stars).
When it comes to reggae in Canada, nobody does it better—while remaining true to their founding principles—than Toronto’s The Human Rights. Since forming in 2007 around one of the Toronto scene’s true lions, Friendlyness (previously of Culture Shock, Truth And Rights and Big Sugar), The Human Rights have developed a distinctively modern, high energy sound that blends roots reggae with jazz, funk and R&B influences, courtesy of a blazing horn section and the soulful lead vocals of Juno award nominee Tréson. On their new album Reggae Strong, The Human Rights more than live up to its title following an extended break since releasing their 2016 self-titled album and the 2018 single “I Need You”. Recorded with producer and former band member Patric McGroarty, and mixed and mastered by renowned Canadian reggae artist Dubmatix, Reggae Strong finds The Human Rights coming as close as they have yet to achieving a truly Canadian reggae sound, with guest appearances by Toronto’s Ras Yunchie, Caddy Cad, I-Sax, and Carol Brown.
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