Infectious soul-reggae & good vibes to spare as the indomitable Meta & The Cornerstones return in advance of their new album due out this fall.
Listening, singing, being, Meta Dia (pronounced "Jah" in Senegal) embodies the philosophy of peace and understanding through music. Born in Dakar, Senegal, not many days have passed that Meta has not made music one way or another. As a teenager, he rapped on the streets of Dakar under the moniker Meta Crazy and later, knowing almost no one, save maybe himself, Meta moved to New York City to make music. In New York, Meta became enlivened by the roots-rock-reggae that had been transplanted to America by the Jamaican exodus. After putting together a tight core of international musicians from the world over, Meta began experimenting with the sounds he heard in his own life; from the American soul and the traditional Senegalese singers played in his mother's kitchen, to the reggae, rap and rhapsody on the streets of Dakar and Brooklyn. In the interweaving of these sounds with the numerous Afro-beats and Latin melodies pulsing and floating through New York's vibrant musical enclaves, Meta and The Cornerstones was born. Their new album Ancient Power, due out in September, was recorded in Kingston at Tuff Gong Studios and features guest appearances by Damien Marley, Capleton and U-Roy.
“Meta and the Cornerstones have taken us back to the foundation of Reggae music. I'm from the old school and it reminds me of my days. It's a band that sounds tight and wicked with infectious lyrics.”—Clive Chin, Jamaican producer for The Wailers, Dennis Brown and Lee Perry
Born in the island of Trinidad and Tobago, reggae artist Metric Man - aka “The Freedom Fighter” brings his infectious vibe and socially conscious message to 92YTribeca for the first time. With a rough and raspy delivery, The Freedom Fighter gets audiences moving with his dynamic stage demeanor and lyrics rooted in the proud heritage of his Caribbean roots.
$12 adv / $15 day of show.