Marty Dread, Hawaii’s Reggae Ambassador
When it comes to touring as a performer and breaking new ground,few in Hawaii’s music scene can hold a candlestick to Maui’s MartyDread. 2016 marks 21 years since the release of Marty Dread’s first album“Versatile Roots” for his own Five Corners Music label. “A Wonderful Life” is Marty Dread’s 18th studio album and was released Feb. 17th, 2016.
Marty Dread, known as Hawaii’s Reggae Ambassador, has performed at the White House in Washington, D.C., Moscow’s Red Square in Russia, the Cotton Club in Harlem, and major festivals, including Reggae on the River, Farm Aid, Reggae on the Rocks, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, and more.
Marty Dread has toured as an opening act for Willie Nelson and appeared on stage with Willie Nelson at his annual FarmAid concerts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Kansas City, Missouri and his 4th of July Picnic in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to performing throughout the USA, Marty Dread has also performed in Brazil, Tahiti, Canada, Thailand, Guam, Saipan, and China. What’s more, he is the only Hawaii artist ever to play major festivals in the Caribbean, including Barbados and reggae’s homeland, Jamaica. Marty Dread has collaborated with Willie Nelson, Inner Circle, Kris Kristofferson, Anthony B, Junior Reid, Mikey Dread, Pato Banton, Sly and Robbie, Mad Professor, Tippa Irie, Toots Hibbert, Oshen, Common Sense, Bluetech, and many others.