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Pato Banton

Recorded Jun. 13, 2014



Birmingham, England reggae singer/toaster Pato Banton (born Patrick Murray) made his debut on the English Beat’s third album, 1982’s Special Beat Service, helping out Ranking Roger on the track “Pato and Roger a Go Talk.” Five years later, Banton returned with his debut solo release, Never Give In, which featured backing by Birmingham’s Studio Two house band and a guest appearance by Paul Shaffer; the album was enlivened by Banton’s comic vocal characterizations. An EP featuring several versions of the Never Give In track “Pato and Roger Come Again” (another duet with Ranking Roger) appeared in 1988, followed the next year by the full-length Visions of the World, which found Banton moving towards a poppier soul/reggae approach. 1990’s Wize Up! (No Compromize) contained Banton’s first American college radio hit, a cover of the Police’s “Spirits in the Material World,” as well as a duet with Steel Pulse’s David Hinds on the title track. After a dub collaboration with the Mad Professor (Mad Professor Recaptures Pato Banton) and a live album (Live and Kickin’ All Over America), Banton recorded Universal Love in 1992. It took him a while to come up with brand new material afterwards; he finally resurfaced in 1994 with a version of Eddy Grant’s “Baby Come Back” performed with Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40, which hit the British charts and prompted the best-of Collections. Banton finally delivered a full album of new material in 1996 with Stay Positive. Life Is a Miracle followed in the spring of 2000.

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Pato Banton is a British-born reggae singer and toaster known for his uplifting messages, and hits such as ''Legalize It'', ''Don't Sniff Coke'' and ''Stay Positive'', each included on this album. With his signature charismatic energy, Pato and his killer band delivered an uplifting show at Belly Up on June 13th, 2014 that featured upbeat sounds mixed with conscious lyrics of current social issues and spiritual freedom.  Check out this recording, Pato's first in three years, and see why Pato's shows are known worldwide as a positive reggae party!

Total Play Time: Approx. 65 Minutes
Engineered by Martin Greaves

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Reggae artist Pato Banton joins us on a very special discussion about keeping it plant based, being there for his fans sometimes when their own friends and family aren't, a crazy incident involving his sons which later inspired his post show - prayer circle and how a talent show mishap ended up in him working with English Beat! We drank herbal tea with lemon.




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