Jamica’s live music scene will be at a boil when roots, rock, reggae band Rakkazz International touches down on the stage of Redbones Blues Café on October 2, 2015. The band will be scorching the stage with a blistering session, which promises to be high energy and jam packed with entertainment. These young and talented upcoming stars will be led by one of Jamaica’s most promising lead guitarists and songwriters Janoy Ellis, aka Jellis, who currently attends Edna Manley School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Rakkazz International will be belting out uniquely arranged songs with authentic reggae beat from their new EP that will cement their names amongst the great reggae artist throughout the world. Rakkazz will be supported by a crowd favourite Basil Burt aka “Turtle” who has honed his entertainment prowess on the north coast of Jamaica and who is also a band member.
RAKKAZZ International Band was formed in Mandeville, Jamaica in the summer of June 2011, when a group of young adolescents met during the summer and decided to create a musical jam session which would later evolve into formal rehearsals and a band of brotherhood. The first members of the band were Janoy Ellis (Lead Singer, Lead Guitarist and leader of the band), Quamie Bent (Drummer), Darren Chambers (Bass Guitarist), Joseph Love (Vocalist and Sound Engineer), Stephen Welsh (Lead and Rhythm Guitarist), Lester James (Keyboard Player and backup Vocalist). The more mature and experienced Basil Burt, aka. “The Singing Turtle” kept close to the young group and provided covers for the upcoming band to rehearse with. Odeth Bailey (Vocalist) and Ajamo Kennedy (Keyboard Player) joined a year later to cement the status of RAKKAZZ International as a top class band in Jamaica, despite the fact that many members of the group attend school or university while actively being a member of the band.