Soul Syndicate, one of the top reggae session bands in Jamaica in the 1970s and ‘80s, hardly requires an introduction. In the ‘70s, they recorded for producers such as Keith Hudson, Winston Holness (under the pseudonym The Observers), Duke Reid, and others on some of the most popular and influential recordings of the time. Having worked with just about every top artist of the era, their ubiquity shaped reggae music, providing another dimension to the roots sound. In addition to backing so many revered songs and albums, Soul Syndicate has the additional distinction of being Peter Tosh’s studio and touring band. Soul Syndicate has also released albums of their own over the years, including classics Harvest Uptown, Famine Downtown (1977) and Was, Is, & Always (1980), plus Friends and Family (1996), and their latest EP Legendary (2015).
Members of the band include world-renowned bassist and band founder George “Fully” Fullwood, who was also an original member of Peter Tosh’s famous Word, Sound and Power ensemble; original member and rhythm guitarist Tony Chin who was prominent in creating the “flyers” rhythm guitar style popular in reggae; lead guitarist/ vocalist Vince Black, former Black Uhuru member and collaborator with Maxi Priest and numerous reggae stars; drummer Karl Wright; keyboardist Keith Sterling; and the Jah Connection Horns. Mixed by Mad Professor and accompanied by special guests Big Youth, U-Roy, Randy Valentine, Marty Dread, and Earl Zero, this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration is guaranteed to be a highlight of the festival.