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									Award Winning Reggae Artist Taj Weekes Releases Pariah in Transit

Award winning reggae artist Taj Weekes and his band Adowa will release their fourth CD “Pariah
in Transit.”

New York, NY, April 09, 2013 --( Award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Taj Weekes and
his band Adowa releases their fourth CD “Pariah in Transit” on Weekes' Jatta Records. The album's 10
tracks represent some of their finest performances over the past two years throughout North America and
at St. Lucia's world-renowned jazz festival in May 2011. “Pariah in Transit” is distributed by Megawave,
based in Ann Arbor Michigan, which specializes in jazz, world, reggae, gospel, and piano blues releases.

While (commercial) radio airwaves are notoriously unwelcoming towards artists with
consciousness-raising messages, Taj Weekes & Adowa's rapidly expanding fan base, extending from
Eastern Europe across North America and throughout the Caribbean stems from the critical praise their
three previously released albums have received and, especially, audiences' roaring approval of their
enthralling live concerts.

“Pariah In Transit's” curious title reflects Taj Weekes & Adowa's position in the overall reggae narrative,
“on the outskirts trying to get in but not really being allowed to. We weren't born in Jamaica, reggae's
birthplace, which is one of the greatest adversities we face,” explained Taj, a Rastafarian who hails from
St. Lucia. Adowa, so named for the first Italian-Ethiopian War that secured Ethiopian sovereignty on
March 1, 1896, represents a broad swathe of the Caribbean archipelago with Radss Desiree (Dominica)
on bass; Adoni Xavier (Trinidad) guitar, vocals; John Hewitt (Barbados) keyboards, vocals and Cornel
Marshall (Jamaica) drums, vocals. “People don't listen to jazz or rock from just one place so why should
we be looking to one geographic location for great reggae music?” Taj asks.

Serving as a vibrant reminder for listeners who have already experienced Taj Weekes & Adowa's
concerts and an unforgettable introduction for those who haven't, “Pariah In Transit” offers inspired
renditions of songs spanning their three albums including “Life,” Taj's survival story of good conquering
evil, from their 2005 debut “Hope & Doubt”; the biblically referenced powerful anti-war anthem “Since
Cain,” from “Deidem,” honored as the Best Reggae Album at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in 2008
and “Rain Rain” from 2010's “A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen,” a homage to Hurricane Katrina survivors
that ranked among many critics best-of lists for that year.

Music fans irrespective of their geographic location will embrace Taj Weekes & Adowa's treatment of
wide-ranging topical issues, from the media's “Propaganda War” to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East
addressed in “Jordan,” each set to burnished reggae rhythms anchored in dub heavy basslines and
accented by an array of eclectic musical elements, making “Pariah In Transit” one of the year's most
appealing and significant reggae releases. “As artists, our sole job is to bring to light things that people
may not think about too much whether it's what happened in New Orleans or the earthquakes in Haiti or
Japan. Corporate media tells us about everything that doesn't concern us. So my responsibility is to let
people know what is happening, like a town crier, and maybe we can respond accordingly.”

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Taj's activism isn't confined to his song lyrics. His philanthropic efforts throughout the Caribbean on
behalf of his organization TOCO (They Cry Often Outreach) have earned him Goodwill Ambassador
status by The International Consortium of Caribbean Professionals (ICCP) as well as the St. Lucia House
Foundation's Distinguished Humanitarian Award. Proceeds from the sale of the CD go to support TOCO.

For media inquiries, please contact Shirley Menard at Jatta LLC - Worldwide, New York, USA T: 917
488 5982 E:

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