Uwe Banton can look back on many years of experience within the Reggae Music fraternity. Being infected with the “Reggae virus“ in the early 1980’s by artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Burning Spear, etc, he made his first trip to Jamaica in 1981.
Back in Germany he started DJing on Riddims back in 1984 during the legendary era of King Jammy’s Riddims like Sleng Teng and others. In the early 90’s he joined his first band as it became clear that he would find his genre within musical realms of Roots Music. He later joined the Band “Movements“ which consisted of members from Jamaica, Africa and Germany, and for over 10 years stood as a guarantor of authentic Roots Reggae and played on all major Reggae festivals in Germany and neighbouring countries.
In 2003 Uwe Banton linked up with artist/producer Ganjaman from Berlin and out of this collaboration sprang a great series of releases which led to the release of his debut solo album “JAH Roots“ on the Mkzwo Records label which has made a tremendous impact on Roots Reggae lovers from all over the world.
In 2009 he released his second solo album entitled “Rightful Place”, which, like “JAH Roots” positively found a widespread global response.
There is no major Reggae Festival in Central Europe where UWE BANTON hasn’t played yet, from “Summerjam” to “Chiemsee”, “Reggaejam”, “Ruhr Reggae”, “Wiesen”, etc. On all his shows, where he is accompanied by some of the top Reggae musicians Germany has to offer, the audience were thrilled by the vibrant and authentic performance and his meaningful, positive message of true peace and love, equal rights, justice and righteousness.
Now in 2013 through the new media via internet like facebook, youtube, etc. there is no stopping a continuous growth. It opens new ways to reach to audience all over the world and while further shows and collaborations are being initiated, Uwe Banton has teamed up with some of Germany’s finest musicians for the production of a brand new album called “Mental War” featuring guest artists like Luciano, Mikey General, Jahcoustix & Cornadoor. “Mental War” has been released November 23rd 2012 on Rasta Yard Records/AL.TA.FA.AN.