A Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten.
Positive Vibrations abound with a beat to keep you on your dancing feet, while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul. Many have considered his charismatic performance as live theatre where no show is alike and audience members become participants in the experience. Pato dialogues with the crowd on a range of topics including current day events and spiritual freedom while keeping the vibes upbeat and fun! The direction of the concert is totally based on the feedback Pato receives from the audience as there is no fixed set list. Many have said that the positivity
generated from the stage has changed their lives forever. Sometimes Pato invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show, where some have cried while sharing their stories of contemplated suicide, isolation after losing a loved one, struggles with substance abuse and how their personal connection with Pato has given them the strength to “Stay Positive” & “Never Give In.”
By the age of 16, Ranking Pato became well known around Birmingham and would get regular work from various leading sound systems across the city. Within a short space of time, Pato became the number 1 MC in Birmingham, winning the title seven years in a row. At the age of 19 while working for Sufferer Sound System, Pato was invited to join a local roots reggae band called Crucial Music. Within a year Pato became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager, taking the band on tours of the UK and Europe. Pato’s first recording was a double A sided single with Crucial Music entitled “All Night Raving & Sensimilla.” After five years, Pato’s notoriety as a British MC outgrew the popularity of the band, and he was forced to move on……..
Pato’s first audition at Fashion Records impressed the producers so much that they instantly changed his name to Pato Banton. (In DJ circles a “Banton” is a heavyweight lyricist, thus in England, Pato became “The Banton”) His second single, “Allo Tosh Got a Toshiba” (recorded for Don Christie on Jamdon Records) reached number 3 in the independent reggae charts and launched a string of successful projects with Fashion Records, Greensleeves & Island Records. During this time Pato teamed up with top London MC Tippa Irie and under the guidance & management of GT Haynes they traveled around the world and recorded songs like, “Double Trouble”, “Dance Pon De Spot” and “Dem No Know Bout Pressure”.
It was at this time that Roberto Angotti, (a popular Radio DJ and pioneer of British Reggae, who hosted a show called The Reggae Revolution on LA’s top alternative rock station KROQ) was invited to the UK by UB40 to document the making of their “Geoffrey Morgan” album.
This led to Roberto inviting Pato to the USA to work with local musicians on the live circuit and to record a song with the San Diego based rock band, Private Domain. While at KROQ, Pato wrote and recorded his parts to the track entitled “Absolute Perfection” and the song became an instant radio hit and reached No.1 in the music charts of Peru.
His fourth album “Wize Up (No Compromise)” demonstrated
Pato’s awareness of social issues and his strengthening spirituality. This recording
featured the talents of Peter Spence, Drummie Zeb of Aswad, and guest vocalist David
Hinds of Steel Pulse. Following this album and associated worldwide tours,
Pato’s fith album, “Live and Kicking All
Over America”, was released in 1992. This album demonstrated the immense loyalty
of Pato’s fans and his charisma as a live performer.
Pato’s sixth album
was “Universal Love”, an inspiring
collection of original soul stirring classics. This CD also featured “Go Pato”, inspired by his
then manager, Makeda Dread, (of the World beat Center in San Diego) who took
note of the fans’ chanting at his shows.
This song became an instant hit, especially in South America where it became the number 1 and most
played song in most countries.
Hit After Hit - UK
and Worldwide Chart Success
For the 1994
compilation album “Collections”, Pato
reunited with Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 to record a cover of Eddy Grants
single “Baby Come Back”. The song became
a worldwide hit, achieving top 5 rating in over twenty countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan and across Europe. Pato Banton became a household name in the UK, as this single stayed at number 1 for
four weeks in the British charts. Pato’s success continued with “Bubbling Hot”, another duet with Ranking
Roger (which was also a top twenty hit in the UK.)
In 1996 Pato
joined forces with international pop icon Sting, on a reggae remix of “This Cowboy Song.” This track earned a
top ten place in the UK and South American charts. While performing
together live on the UK’s Top of the Pops, Pato and Sting were joined by rock
star/comedian Jimmy Nail in a show-stopping performance, which led to Sting
flying Pato and the Reggae Revolution on his private jet to perform with him on
a nationally televised media event in Spain, which showcased other mega stars
like Madonna and George Michael.
Pato’s ninth album,
“Stay Positive”, was a blend of
classic reggae sounds with messages of peace, love and spiritual unity. From this album came the hit single “Groovin” (with Steve Morrison of the
Reggae Revolution) and another successful collaboration with Sting, to re-make
the Police classic “Spirits in a Material
World”, which was included on the soundtrack of the Jim Carey movie “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”.
After six years of
chart success and continuous touring, Pato decided to step away from the music business and continue on his path of
Positivity. In the comfort of his own home studio, Pato acquired the help of long
time friend and top producer Paul Horton to recorded his tenth album “Life is a Miracle”, which gained a
Grammy Nomination and clearly defined the lyrical, musical, and spiritual
growth of this outstanding artiste.
organization, WOMAD, recognized Pato’s talents and invited him to headline a
series of shows across the world. While on
tour Pato was able to undertake music workshops for disadvantaged children in
many cities and was actually allowed inside a maximum security prison in Sicily to lead a live music session with young
offenders. This tour took Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution to Europe, Australia, North & South America, Malaysia, Singapore & South Africa. But during
this time Pato began to feel as though he had fulfilled his goals as an artist
and felt guided to refocus his
energies within his own community. Whilst touring America, Pato was informed that two of his sons
had been shot in a drive by shooting. Although they both survived, this news
confirmed in Pato’s mind that it was time to follow the call to scale down his career as a performer in order to
put something back into his home town of Birmingham, England.
Within months Pato
moved his Gwarn International Studios into a local community setting and created
a small team of family and friends. Before the doors were even opened, the
Principal of a local college invited Pato and all his staff members to set up
an exciting new music department where they could offer courses in Sound
Engineering, Vocal Tuition, Keyboard and Guitar lessons, DJ Mixing and Music
school at an early age and with no qualifications, Pato took the opportunity
while at Matthew
Boulton College to advance his own education. He successfully
completd a Level 1 & Level 2 course in Teacher Training and a course in
During this same
period Pato created a community network called Musical Connections, a program
designed to put music equipment and computers into 16 youth centers (including
centers for young offenders). He also trained many community tutors how to deliver
basic courses in Music Technology to the young people that attended their
centers. Next Pato set up a Community Classroom in the college so that young
people who were talented or very interested in music, but had no formal
qualifications had the opportunity to achieve a college education through
With the support of Viv Taylor (the Head of Community Safety in Handsworth), Pato launched another community project called Muzik Links in 2001. The aim of this venture was to attract young people who were at risk, in care, or involved in crime and gang activities. This project gave hundreds of youths the opportunity to be involved in professional recordings, dance troupes and live performances. On many occasions Pato would volunteer his services as counselor, mentor or public speaker and by performing at local community events.
A period of deep
reflection and meditation left Pato feeling guided
to continue his musical journey. In early 2005 Yahe Boda (a consecrated
spiritual teacher and forerunner) invited Pato to do a short tour across America to “Gather
the People in Praise.” This led to
Pato phasing out his community commitments and with renewed energy to take on
the challenge of recording the inspired
double album entitled “The Words of
Christ.” (a narrated album of Christ’s teachings taken from the Urantia
re-launch his career from the USA, Pato decided to reach out again to his close
friend Roberto, and a partnership was formed. Although Pato had been away from
the live concert circuit for many years, he had a place in the minds and hearts
of the masses. Pato’s remarkable reputation as being a first rate showman was
evidenced in the grand reception to his comeback and the rave reviews from the
media and fans alike. After two short tours with Sol Horizon & DubCat, a
twist of fate saw Pato join forces with the very popular, Mystic Roots Band
(voted top Reggae Band by the Los Angeles Music Awards). After a successful
tour starting in Hawaii and then across the mainland of the USA & Canada, Pato
took the band into the studio and recorded the “Positive Vibrations” album.
With plans for more tours, another album and future collaborations, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for such a truly inspirational artist.
The Now Generation
With the release of his new album “Destination Paradise” Pato Banton is embarking on a musical and spiritual mission across all 50 States of America. At the beginning of this mission Pato decided to create a new band called “The Now Generation”, made up of different members from the LA/OC area of Southern California.
This group is made up of some of the area’s finest musicians.
Tony Saenz, the back-beat of The Now Generation has been an active drummer in the OC area, playing for artist like The Breddrin Daddies, Warsaw Poland Bros, and 420 Band.
Bass guitarist Mikey Ortiz has worked with artists such as Kyng Arthur, Majek Fashek, Luna Angel, Kiddus-I, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Jah Mex, amongst many others.
Antoinette Hall aka “Rootsdawtah” has been working actively for more than 20 years in the International Reggae/World Music scene. She has recorded, produced, and toured with some of reggae’s top performers; Gregory Isaacs, Maxi Priest, Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond, Scientist, Mad Professor and Ken Boothe, to name just a few.
Daniel “D-Lop” Lopilato is an outstaning guitarist and all round musician. Mainly known for his keyboard skills D-Lop worked as bandleader to Majek Fashek, Kyng Arthur and Remi Kabaka. He also played keyboards on Pato’s latest recording, Destination Paradise.
The mighty JAH! Horns features Beeken the “Saxmachine,” Trumpet Bryan and Eddie Farmer on trombone. This three piece horn section have made a name for themselves for providing a full sound, tight horn riffs and highly energetic showmanship. Over the years they have had the privilege and honor of working with artists such as; Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, Ikey Owens, Aceyalone, Tone Loc, Shinehead, Half Pint, Rico Rodriguez as well as collaborating on a song written for the LA Lakers with Better Chemistry and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5.
At times Pato also incorporates the awesome talents of percussionist Oneko Arika (Kenya, Africa) and the beautiful harmonies of Empress Akua & April Harmony who were also featured on the Destination Paradise album.
Pato Banton and The Now Generation are making their way across the country spreading the Good News and uplifting the masses with a warm message of love and positivity that Pato has been known for bringing to his audiences around the world. Be sure to catch this all new high energy showcase and become a part of The Now Generation!
Compiled and Presented by: Steve Hughes, Viv Taylor, Roberto Angotti & Pato Banton