I Anbassa delivers high energy, all original Roots Reggae grounded in traditional island music and laced with rock, funk, nyabinghi, and afro-beat. Bringing forward a fresh, new and infectious sound, they explode on stage with irresistible hooks and bubbling rhythms that instantly get the crowd grooving and singing along. With over three hours of original music and a vast catalog of classic Reggae covers, this band can accommodate any crowd; large or small, young or old. Their songs promote self-awareness, consciousness, healthy living, positivity and, of course, Jah love.
Based out of Southern Connecticut, I Anbassa formed in the summer of 2009 and matured quickly. To date, they have played with Steel Pulse, Stephen Marley, the Mighty Diamonds, Tribal Seeds, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Lettuce, and Deep Banana Blackout. I Anbassa has headlined at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT and Webster Hall’s Grand Ballroom in NYC, among others. They have played in every kind of venue, from weddings to radio stations to large scale audiences in the thousands. I Anbassa also performed at many non-profit events such as Art&Struggle and Black Rock Rocks Mardi Gras, and has so far spearheaded two very successful Hope for Haiti benefits. In 2010, they were voted “Best Reggae Band in CT” and runner-up for “Best CT Band.”
In short, I Anbassa offers quality, interactive music, rich with conscious lyrics and driving grooves that resonate in the hearts and minds of each audience member, leaving every crowd chanting for more!
I Anbassa members:
Ras N’gosi Anbassa – Lead Vocals, guitar
Mark Lyon – Guitar
Mike Tepper – Bass guitar
Mike Paolucci – Drums
Kali I Dan – Percussion
isIdu – Dub Poetry
Empress Katrese – Forward Singers
Genre: Roots Reggae, Afro-Beat
Hometown: Bridgeport, CT