Lead Guitar and Vocals - Benji Baez
Benji Baez, also known as B.B. Gitz, is a Miami based Reggae Artist and instrumentalist (in other words he plays nuff instruments!.. and well too!). Born in Tampa, FL of Haitian heritage, he began playing the guitar at 9 years of age, and has been playing ever since. Benji spectacular guitar work was featured on the 2018 Grammy winning “best reggae album” Stony Hill by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley and Benji has performed alongside internationally acclaimed reggae artists such as Don Carlos, Christopher Ellis, Mykal Rose, Warrior King, and many others.
Known as a 'Roots Reggae Specialist', Benji was influenced heavily by the likes of Earl “Chinna“ Smith, Dwight Pinkney, Ernest Ranglin, Cat Coore, and many other reggae guitarists who paved the way for generations to follow. Benji is not one to really follow that same path... Benji is one who is making new paths and the 1 Tribe band is another tool for cutting that path... I n I just hope you are ready for the trod!
Drums - Jahsun
Antonio Rhymer - a.k.a Jahsun, is a top ranked reggae drummer now based in South Florida. Jahsun started playing drums at the age of 2 as he watched his father Wayne Jahkama, play drums with some of the greats in reggae music, including
After leaving the V.I., Jahsun left for Colorado and embraced some of the areas top reggae venues and performed with many local reggae bands there. Jahsun also has extensive touring experience and has supported international artists on tours such as with: Kymani Marley, Pressure Busspipe, Everton blender and others. Some of his influences include Drummie Zeb from Aswad, Carleton Barret of the wailers, and his father Wayne Jahkama. You can catch Jahsun playing with other groups on occasion such as Lion Souljahs Band, Nostaljah based in FL. Jahsun now holds down the tempo solidly with the 1tribe band.
Lead Vocals and Guitar - Clement "Aubrey" Lightbourne
Clement Aubrey's outstanding musical career as a top-class reggae vocalist and guitarist began over the span of four decades. Clement was the founder of his first group called the Fashions that he started at his fathers bar and club on the island Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos. Clement was influenced as a youth by many of the Jamaican artists playing in the islands including Bob Marley, Jacob Miller, Dennis Brown, Gregory Issacs and one of his favorites Steel Pulse.
In 1979, Clement decided to branch out and take his musical career internationally and left the islands for the United States of America. Clement moved to Washington DC. and continued to write songs and build his musical catalog and joined various bands playing his music in clubs like the Turntable, Hummingbird Club, the Wild Hare in Chicago, Louisville Kentucky at the wine fest and the great Kilimanjaro club. In 1991, Clement moved south to Florida and took up residence in West Palm Beach. Clement met his (and our bands) longtime friend, a Jamaican drummer expat and together they started the reggae group called Sweet Justice. Sweet justice recorded their first album "Walking Easy" in 1992. Soon after the bands second album "Cant Slow Down" was released. Sweet Justice band is still playing as one of south Florida's longest playing and most welcomed reggae band. Clement, as lead singer and guitarist has also taken his career releasing two solo albums "Happy" and "X Lover".
Clement has shared the stage with a plethora of top-a-top of reggae and world music artists such as: Steel Pulse, Rita Marley, Beres Hammond, Third World, Inner Circle, Ashanti, Toots and the Maytals, The Ojays, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Shaggy, and opened for and Ziggy Marley at Universal Studios at Bob Marleys club where he performed as a resident artist for two years… just to name a few.
Keyboards - Jayme "Farmer" Glusman
Jayme Glusman is a reggae musician who has been performing for twenty years in the reggae circuit all over the country and the Caribbean playing bass and rhythm guitar, and piano.
Over the years he has performed with several artists such as Mykal rose, glen Washington, as well as opening many times for the Marley family, Beenie man, yellow man, and burning spear to name a few. Jayme currently resides in south Florida and works as a free lance musician and is also a farmer.
Keyboards - Militant
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, with parents being from Spain and Cuba. Militant first started playing music and learning theory in middle school, where he played trumpet and snare in the drumline. Soon after he began rapping and dabbling with hip hop production. Militant began to listen to roots reggae and studying Rastafari culture when he was 17 and instantly could not live without listening to it on a daily basis.
3-4 years after he met a mentor, Benji Baez, and he encouraged him to start playing keyboards out of a necessity to the reggae/hip hop fusion band they started called Still in the Making. In February 2015, alongside three other members, they created a roots reggae band called Hyah Energy where they performed original and cover material until the bands break up two years later after mostly performing in local bars, clubs, and venues around South Florida.
By this time Militant was a much more capable and skilled keyboard player and began to freelance with bands such as Red Lyte and Sound Movement, Rhythmatix/Ras Kokay and the Truth, Ras Dan, Luv Militia, Sista Moy and Galaxy Roots, Reggaebrew, and Latin singers/musicians such as Pulga of Negust Negast, and Aguamala. Militant's musical influences include Bob Marley and the Wailers, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Damian Marley, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Third World, Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru, Cultura Profetica, Midnite, however his influences are not only reggae- he also has been influenced by Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Slum Village, Trick Daddy, Joan Manuel Serrat and more.
Bass - Quashi
Patrick Mitchell - aka "Quashi" holds down the bottom foundation of the band on the bass. Quashi has been a reggae only bass player for over 30 years. Also known for his International surfing brand Quashi International, where he alongside Billy "Mystic" Wilmot, the lead singer of the Jamaican Reggae band Mystic Revealers and otherwise known as the Godfather of Jamaican surfing, helped to build the brand, as well as develop the sport in of surfing in Jamaica. During these "boardroom" meetings and the days of promoting surfing, Billy and family launched what is now known as the birthplace of the Reggae Revival - Jamnesia. Jamnesia is the place where the majority of the up and coming reggae artists such as Protoje, Chronixx, Jah9, Keida, Kabaka Pyramid, Nomads, and others have honed their crafts and learned to perform and play instruments in the new era of Jamaican reggae music. Quashi was there behind the scenes from the start...
Rasta and music all started for Patrick at a very young age in Jamaica. Spending time with his grandmother in St. Elizabeth, young Quashi heard Nyahbingi drums playing across the road and was intrigued. He was told not to go over there but as a typical kid... he went to discover what was making that sound and met the Rasses who began the lifetime influence... you can say the rest is history... At age 16 and now in California, he started his first band with Jah T- Trevor Lawrence (master percussionist from Burning Spear camp, and builder of Iland Drums Nyahbingi drums - ironically...). The band was initially called Reggae Foundation band and later added the late singer Ras Donovan, a Prince Allah student from Greenwich Farm. The band became one of Southern California's top (maybe only) all Rastafarian authentic Reggae bands and shared stages with (up-coming at the time) bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, 311, Voodoo Glowskulls, Skeletones and Hepcat on the regular. Quashi has since shared the stage with some of Reggae music's greatest artists such as: Mystic Revealers, Tippa Irie, Luciano, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, Eek a Mouse, King Kong, Foundation, Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, Everton Blender, Third World, Rita Marley, Anthony B, Jr. Reid, John Holt, Alton Ellis, Wadi Gad, Shabba Ranks, Protoje, Jah9, Chronixx, Isouljah's, The Rastafarians, the great Boom Shaka and more.
During his time in Southern California, Quashi met fellow Bass player Jah David Goldfine, and then owner of one of the longest running Reggae/Rastafari culture shops in the country (Trade Roots Reggae) - Ras Elliott Leib. From those days, the team formed up and started Zion High Productions (www.zhpreggae.com). Zion High Productions is currently one of the leading Roots Reggae production houses in the industry and has over 15 full length albums and 5 riddim albums out in the market. ZHP was nominated for a Grammy for its work on tracks for Snoop Lion's (Snoop Dogg) reggae album.